Tuesday, August 6, 2013
G174 E-Reading Book Review of #1 Love's Fate by Tracey Smith
Author: Tracey Smith
Part of a Series: Love's series
Type of book: missed connections, romance, love, soul-mates, adult, passage of time, 1970s? contemporary
Year it was published: 2011
Do you believe in Fate? Do you believe in soul mates? What if there was just one man out there who was meant for you? Would you know him if you saw him? Would he know you?
Katherine didn't believe in soul mates, she wasn't even sure if she believed in love... until the night she saw him. There was something oddly familiar about his dark blue eyes, but she was sure she'd never seen him before. The only thing more confusing than the overwhelming attraction she felt toward this mysterious stranger, was the way he was staring right back at her with that same look of curious fascination. Then suddenly he leaves and she's left with nothing but the haunting memory of his beautiful eyes and the strange connection they seem to have with her recurring nightmare.
The day Michael's mother died was one of greatly mixed emotions. He would miss his mother, but her passing meant that he would finally be free of his oppressive father. He was leaving and nothing was going to stop him. But why couldn't he stop thinking about the beautiful woman he had seen the night he got the call about his mother. Why had she seemed so familiar?
More than once their paths will cross, but will they ever find each other? Will Fate ultimately bring them together or keep them apart?
The protagonists seemed a little too good to be true, while antagonists lacked depth. While some conflict was there, it didn't last long, and I couldn't help but think that it was simply used to keep the story from being boring. Mostly its a story of missed connections and it does set up somewhat for next two books in the trilogy. Despite my complaints, I did enjoy reading the book. The only thing I know of the main characters is that Michael is a talented artist who grew up in a negative relationship, while Katherine is a talented baker who turned out to be an orphan.
Soul mates are unexpected
Its written in first person narrative from both Michael's and Katherine's point of views which switch every chapter. What also tended to annoy me a little, is the repetition of the previous chapter; that is, let's say they went on a date, and we get Michael's point of view. Then in the next chapter Katherine rehashes the date from her point of view. Sometimes the story seemed to barely move. Sometimes the constant connections between the characters did seem annoying
in The United States
Tracey Smith grew up in Southern California, but as a teenager moved with her family to a small town in Arkansas. It was in Arkansas that she met and fell in love with the man of her dreams, who had also recently moved to the state. Fate brought them both to that small town and into each other’s lives and that is where they continue to live today raising their two children and living out their happily ever after.
While I liked the story and the writing style as well as missed connections which I guess give sort of Doctor Zhivago type air, what I found lacking are the antagonists and the conflict. From the get-go, I could sense that the two characters would be together forever, and whatever conflicts came up tended to be very short and lacked clear tension. Sometimes the characters themselves seemed too good to be true and somehow unrealistic, yet when they finally got together, I liked it, although I felt that the ending and epilogue weren't tied up well. I think that it would go one way, but it went another way, which seemed a bit, well, pointless.
Quick Notes: This is a review for Making Connections.
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)