Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - From Here to Fourteenth Street by Diana Rubino

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: Book One - From Here to Fourteenth Street
Author: Diana Rubino
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

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

Review Comments: 
Vita's miserable circumstances are so well portrayed on the first page of this story that I felt she could never remove the stench from her life. Even when she tried to do a good deed, everything went bad. Her thoughts were that poverty turned everybody against one another. Then she meets a cop who's different than her in every way. The meeting costs her her job and worsens her plight. But then a ray of hope breaks through the gloom and doom. Nice beginning...but can she really trust him or the chance he's offering?

Quote from Book:
“Since your visit cost me my job, the only place I can go is looking for another one so I can eat tonight.” Why not sling some guilt his way? Maybe, if he was half human, he’d appreciate what she’d just gone through.




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