Received copy fron Netgalley in exchange for an honest review :)
The premise, the idea, the plot it had potential but, I couldn’t connect with the writing style, therefore I couldn’t connect with the characters. This book was difficult to finish. Don’t get me wrong, it is not that it wasn’t good, maybe just not for me.
This book begins with a tragedy, a full blown tragic moment in the life of a young aspiring pianist: Brooke Starr. This tragic moment sets the premise for the story and engages the reader to want more; it gives you the need to understand why and follow Brooke into the road of healing. She leaves in order to start over and ends up in Alaska, after inheriting her great-grans cottage; she lands a job as a deckhand for a fishing boat. Yep! Huge change! She meets Chance, a guitarist, a fisherman, her new boss and a broken soul just like her. And it is likely chance or destiny tha he is there, the night she touched bottom and threw herself to the sea, unwilling to keep living. From there on, we have a passionate, sometimes cheesy, yet bumpy love story.
Like I said, the idea was good but the way the “relationship” starts, the insta-love part just didn’t sit well with me. The story is told from dual first person POV’s but the thoughts, ideas and expression are so unreal I started to get bored. Why? Well, form my perspective a first person POV is supposed to be a dive jump inside the character’s head and feelings. If you dive inside your own head, do your speak in lyrical, metaphors, and use analogies at every corner, at every thought at every minute of every day? NO, of course not. I am not, in any way downgrading the writing. The author did a great job but, under that style I would have preferred the book narrated/third person. That major issue for me, made it hard to finish the book.
I understand that the copy I read is not the one to be published; therefore, I really hope all the errors are fixed by that time. I can point out some of them: long sentences, missed spaces after periods or commas; sometimes “” are not closed after a dialogue and so on.
Anyway, the way the story unraveled near the end was somewhat weird; I thought it could have been handled with better grounds. Anyway, I ended up falling in love with them because they were just great for each other and the overall point of this book is, in fact, the romance.
I would recommend this book to other readers but before warning them about the way it is written.