Monday, June 5, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Bitter Legacy by C. B. Clark


 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: Bitter Legacy
Author: C. B. Clark
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Review Rating: ***** Totally hooked...Can't Put It Down

Review Comments: 
The first sentence of the first page nailed the suspense factor and the first paragraph made me wonder if Sharla-Jean Bromley was a psycho or a sympathetic character I would invest more time in. After completing the first ten pages, I still didn't have an answer to that question, but I knew I had to keep reading.

A few story elements gleaned from the first ten pages: 
A nightmare of a secret kept for seventeen years. A daughter shows up at her father's church funeral wearing a daring red dress. The whole group of mourners hate her.  The whole town is asking what Josh Morgan was going to do about it. To him, she is a package of trouble that threatens to ruin all his plans.

Quote from Book:
~ With each comment, each insult, each condemnation, the layer of ice encircling her heart thickened.~







8 comments:

  1. Wow! Thanks, Lynda. I hope you do keep reading and find the answers to your questions. Thank you so much for the great review.

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    1. You're welcome. It was well deserved.

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  2. Already put this book on my to be read list. Best of luck CB. I like the idea of reviewing the first 10 pages.

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  3. Great review! I've just added your book to my TBR list as well. Totally intriguing.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to check this site out, Anni. So kind of you.

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  4. Thanks, Tena. I thought the idea of reviewing the first ten pages intriguing as well.

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  5. Great job! Wow! I'm with Lynda. If I'm not hooked after the first 10, I'm done. SO happy for you!

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    1. I appreciate your kind comments, Sandra. Thank you.

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