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1.0 out of 5 starsYawn
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2018
Story tells the tale of a woman cheated on and left by her husband for a younger model. Ok, so she moves to a resort town and buys a bookstore. Snore. As the story proceeds, she meets new friends and a man who helps with her various projects. There is lots of room for interesting things to happen, but, sadly, they never do. I finished this book, waiting for something and nothing more than a small fire set buy the town slut,who says it was an accident. As predicted, happy endings. The writing was at most, 8th grade level. Too bad, but I could not read another book by this author.
This writing was horrible. "Person A went upstairs and got her purse. She said blah blah to person B. Person B said blah blah to person C. Person A got her dog and went to her car. She drove to the grocery store and bought this and this and this. She drove home. She went and took a shower, and then made this and this for dinner. She changed her clothes. etc." Every little thing was noted. Every conversation catching up every single character was noted. It was like reading a grocery list. I got about 2/3 through it; and then wondered why I was torturing myself. Deleted it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2018
This was a heartwarming story with great characters. At the same time, the writing itself was not great. It was very choppy and unsophisticated. Many will not care for this type of book, but there were no surprises and the mechanics of the writing were tedious.
1.0 out of 5 starsPoorly written, no depth, snoozer
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2018
I'm sorry to be so down on a book I wasn't even able to finish, but the writing was just too amateurish and clumsy. It starts in the very first pages when the heroine has an encounter with a perfect stranger on a ferry and gives her her whole backstory; this was a really clumsy way to give us the data and it was the first warning that the writing wasn't polished and that there had been no editors... I will spare you a long list but getting a multi page description of her house and its layout and all sorts of other boring details was also an omen that it was going to be hard to finish this book. I finally gave up after giving it a decent try (50%) There was no emotion anywhere about anything (well, we were TOLD about it, but definitely no showing) and I could see endless tales of the heroine making pies and walking the dog. I don't recommend this one.
My first book by Tammy Grace and I look forward to more. Enjoyed her style of writing, her storyline, and her characters. Seemed like a great group of friends and family to help Sam start over with a second chance. Would be nice to know them all personally. Since I love books (and bookstores), it was fun to follow all her experiences at buying one and renovating it. Glad she met Jeff and he was so good to her. What a great guy.
This was a fun read. Recommend it as a good way to relax and be entertained.
3.0 out of 5 starsA decent story about mature relationships that are
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2019
taking a chance on change and reaching out to start new chapters in lives that had been badly hurt by death and divorce. That long, run on sentence, is indicative of the writing you’ll find in Tammy L. Grace’s opening novel of the Hometown Harbor Series, “Finding Home”. The characters are complex, the setting is well described and the plot is interesting; there’s just too much minutiae.
The descriptions of the SanJuan Islands waterways and wildlife is lovely. Even the detail about kayaking was ok, the first time. Grace went too far sharing details about sweating beneath the skirt on a sunny day. In no way did I need that info or did it enhance the story. Y U C K😖 There are lots of other incidents of TMI but this one stood out.
Additionally, there are many sweet, genuine, heartwarming scenes that make this story well worth the time to read. There’s not a lot of good material that portrays mature adults as healthy, intelligent and vital parts of a community. These are folks you’d like to have dinner with and would like to know.
There is no violence, the language does have some gentle expletives that are appropriate for the story situation and characters that are not gratuitous and there scenes that are sensual but not sexual. The characters clearly state their desire to abstain from intercourse before marriage. I wouldn’t classify this as Christian fiction but as clean fiction with inspirational aspirations. “Finding a Home” is a good book; with a bit of editing, it could be a great book. It fills a need in a subcategory sorely in need of good material and is well worth the time spent to read it📚
I enjoyed this book because I have had to start over a few times in life too. Each time I did, life got better so I read this book to see what would happen. Sam Collins comes home and finds her husband in bed with another woman. He tells her he wants a divorce and they get divorced. She has decisions to make and she decides to start over someplace new. She decided to move to her vacation home and buys a coffee house and a bookstore. I read the reviews but the author was sharing the things that take place when you have to start over. We have two choices, give up or pick up the pieces and start over and it was nice to see Sam start over and everything she went through to get to where she got. I am glad that she realized she had finally found home. I really like when she had to contact her ex-husband. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.