Saturday, September 23, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - A Splinter in Time by Linda Shelby

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: A Splinter in Time
Author: Linda Shelby
Genre: Historical Romance/time travel element
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

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

Review Comments: 
Two young girls of different ethnic backgrounds meet at a young age; but thirty years later they're still friends who share a connection began in Civil War times. Different in personality and purpose, each is a compelling character that author Linda Shelby gives her readers as this story begins. Each has lost something in those years long ago. Will they have a chance to right the wrongs? And if so, will it cost them their friendship? These were questions, as a reader, I had to know. Place, time, and conflict were well established in the first ten pages. Nice beginning.

Quote from Book:
~ ...the preview was scheduled to start today. It would be her only opportunity to look through the house before the auction. She doubted anything of her ancestors remained there, although deep inside she harbored a tiny hope. But the house itself was a piece of her family history, and she wanted to see it. ~

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