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I had to put this book down in disbelief over and over, and I have finally given up. The first two chapters seemed promising, but from there it quickly deteriorated. The author abandoned her nice prose and launched into a plot driven by one completely implausible coincidence after another. It is contrived and predictable. The biggest jarring moment was the "love" scene when a 31 year old man undresses a hardly conscious, weak, very ill 18 year old and touches her without warning or her consent. There is no indication in the text that she wanted this and no indication of a positive reaction from her. Was this romantic? Certainly not. Erotic? Only if you are a molester. I got tired of trying to "suspend my disbelief ." Ugh. Not good for thinking adults and not even good for young adults.
I have tried, but I can't read this book. The grammar errors get in the way of what may be a good story. First, and most annoying, there is no punctuation for dialog, so it is difficult for the reader to know what is being said versus what is being thought, much less who is doing the talking. Second are the numerous sentence fragments, over and over and over. This grumpy old English teacher gives the author and editor a big, fat "F!"
I don't understand how other reviewers gave this book 5 stars. After reading about one-fourth of this book, I'm done. This author needs an editor! There is no punctuation, except for periods which are randomly placed. The resulting story is not fluid, and is difficult to read. As for the story itself, I found it to be rather uninteresting, and very unbelievable. I will not read anything by this author again. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
I could not get past the style of this book. To me, it read as one long, monotomous dialogue. I did not enjoy the characters and found the story too choppy and depressing. So I just quit reading it, which is very unusual for a reader like me who is (perhaps more than a little) OCD. If you want to read it as a dry history story, be my guest. Otherwise, run for the hills!
I was looking forward to reading this author since our local bookstore had mentioned the author would be there with her new book. I thought I would try one of her other books before jumping in to an author signing. I could not get interested in the content. I tried twice and stopped reading. I am only sorry it is the kindle edition and I can't donate it to The Friends Of The Library. I never found out who the enemy women were, just the enemy author.
Storyline was totally unbelievable. Lack of punctuation only underlined the non-existent story. Lack of information on quoted information sources meant they had little meaning to readers outside of USA.
I would NOT recommend this author nor will I purchase again.
This is a review of only the first 4 chapters because I couldn't stand to read any further! The book did not contain punctuation. You could not tell when someone was speaking or who was speaking. They were choppy sentences that didn't flow. The story was not captivating. This is probably the first book in my life that I did not finish.
Have no idea why this book got so many high ratings. I never knew if people were talking to each other or just talking in their heads because there was absolutely NO punctuation. The story really didn't flow and was unbelievable. It seems like the author just wanted to print a bunch of Civil War memories and then add some kind of story to them. I'm sorry I wasted money on this book.