Monday, June 5, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - The Accidental Stranger by Cj Fosdick

 As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter... 
So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other reviews to help make your buying decisions.

Title: The Accidental Stranger (Book 2 in Series)
Author: Cj Fosdick
Genre: Mix of Time Travel, romantic Suspense, Historical in 3 parts
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Review Rating: ***** Totally Hooked - Can't Put It Down

Review Comments: 
I began to read the prologue. Immediately, the depth of the man's loneliness sunk with a chilling thud to the bottom of my heart. I felt it through the writer's choice of words and the careful attention given to the setting and the feeling of isolation. I experienced an instant connection to this man, who's name I had yet to know. He's an outcast, but why? Is he a victim or is he experiencing a just punishment for past crimes. I did know one thing though, in just a few pages the author forced me to care about  this man's plight. And I had to know; what was his connection to the woman and child I was soon to meet in the next few pages?

A few story elements gleaned from the first ten pages: 
A man alone in the wilderness. His craving for the warmth of a human touch. He's an outcast, but why? Is he a victim or is he experiencing a just punishment for past crimes. (Switch from prologue to first pages set in the present) A mother and small child. The mother has a troubling, unexplained past that no one else associates with reality.

Quote from Book:
"Scout, the gift of that love was sleeping beside me, snoring softly as his father did beside me in 1886 when I woke up on my thirtieth birthday in the log cabin that once stood on this very spot. ”

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