My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I was kindly given this book to read and review by the author. I would like to thank her for that.
We have a great story, its her debut novel I understand and she's done well on it. The only reason I have given it a 3 star rating is that I became confused at times on who was speaking.
Its written from several people's POV which I have always found this new approach confusing at times, it has to be cleverly done for someone like me to follow it.
I have been reading since the age of 16 and I am now in my 50's so I have seen several changes on the homefront of the developing book world, especially since introducing the e-reader. Some of it is for the good and some for the bad. There are many books out there with chapters of characters POV or another book written for another character to be developed, but not all work for me. I did struggle a bit.
However, the concept of the story was captivating and I did finish it.
I am sure many newer readers who have taken up reading now will enjoy this avenue but I for one just felt in the middle of a room of strangers at time. :(
Deep Down Things, Tamara Linse’s debut novel, is the emotionally riveting story of three siblings torn apart by a charismatic bullrider-turned-writer and the love that triumphs despite tragedy. From the death of her parents at sixteen, Maggie Jordan yearns for lost family, while sister CJ drowns in alcohol and brother Tibs withdraws. When Maggie and an idealistic young writer named Jackdaw fall in love, she is certain that she’s found what she’s looking for. As she helps him write a novel, she gets pregnant, and they marry. But after Maggie gives birth to a darling boy, Jes, she struggles to cope with Jes’s severe birth defect, while Jackdaw struggles to overcome writer’s block brought on by memories of his abusive father. Ambitious, but never seeming so, Deep Down Things may remind you of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong and Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper.
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