Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Ethan's Daughter by Rachel Brimble

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 whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.

Title: Ethan's Daughter
Author: Rachel Brimble
Genre: Contemporary Romance Suspense

Review Rating: **** Intrigued - Taking This Home

Review Comments: 
Leah Dixon is minding her own business when an icy deluge infringes on her walk along the beach promenade. If that isn't enough to worry about, she finds a lone child sitting in the rain dangerously close to the water's edge. On a mission of retribution against a neglectful father, she helps the little girl find her way home. What she finds doesn't ease her mind, a short-tempered man with a knife cut on his hand. He's ready for her to leave. She's not moving in that direction...

Nothing explodes in the first ten pages. But that doesn't need to happen if the writer can move me to the edge of my seat with information that unsettles my nerves. That's exactly what happened! Nothing in these first pages makes me comfortable. I've met three characters, all of which, are in their own pitiful circumstances. I'm in complete agreement with Leah Dixon, I'm not ready to leave...

Quote from Book:
~ “I was caught up with something. I really can’t thank you—”

“Caught up with something?” Her eyes narrowed. “As in work?”

Whether rightly or wrongly, he suddenly felt defensive. “Hey, I’m trying my best, okay?”

“No, not okay.” ~

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