Monday, August 21, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Secrets of Sandhill Island by Peggy Chambers

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: Secrets of Sandhill Island
Author: Peggy Chambers
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

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

Review Comments: 
The prologue opens with a startling scene. An intruder on Evan's fishing boat stabs him in the chest and pushes him overboard, leaving him to die. Evan didn't see it coming as he was deep in thought about how he was going to handle convincing his pregnant girlfriend's father to let him marry her.

Several years later, the first chapter gives us a glimpse of Meg's current life on the island of Sanhill just off the Texas coast. She sells vegetables to the tourists during the summer. A stranger, Alex, appears as he opens a small art shop next to her produce stand. Then a mysterious tugboat captain steps on the scene. Everything about him seems sinister, especially his attitude toward the woman he watches, Meg...

Quote from Book:
Someday, he would introduce himself again to this woman who had ruined his life. Someday, but not yet. He had a plan simmering in the back of his mind. It had not fully come to fruition, but it was there. 

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