Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book Review - The First Ten Pages - I'm Yours by Carolyn Menke

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: I'm Yours
Author: Carolyn Menke
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: *** Hum... Has Possibilities - I'll read ten more pages

Review Comments: 
Edward intends to surprise his girlfriend with an unexpected dinner invitation, but instead, without her knowledge, follows her to a nearby secretive nightclub.  Nothing Audrey does is in character with the woman he thinks he knows. Who is she--really?

This leisurely opening is curious and left me with the same feeling as Edward. What kind of woman is Audrey. What do her actions reveal? Where is all this going? Dare he follow her lead? These elements will keep many readers turning pages.

Quote from Book:
“Say, that Audrey. How do ya know when she’s for real?” Wyatt joked.

 Edward smiled in her direction as her opening chords filled the air. Easy. When she lets you. But to Wyatt he said, “She’s the real deal.”



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