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30 review for Silver Beach Cottage Book 1: A Christian Mystery & Suspense Romance Series

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Comings

    * * * * Caution: Spoilers! * * * * I picked up this book because it looked interesting, it was free to Kindle Unlimited members, and reviewers on Amazon liked it a lot. Turns out it was perhaps one-quarter of the book. As I write this review, I have just finished "book" 3 and am awaiting the release of "book" 4, but only because I want to find out what happens. First... I really do NOT like having bits of a book doled out in chunks, but made to appear as if they are separate stories in a series. * * * * Caution: Spoilers! * * * * I picked up this book because it looked interesting, it was free to Kindle Unlimited members, and reviewers on Amazon liked it a lot. Turns out it was perhaps one-quarter of the book. As I write this review, I have just finished "book" 3 and am awaiting the release of "book" 4, but only because I want to find out what happens. First... I really do NOT like having bits of a book doled out in chunks, but made to appear as if they are separate stories in a series. I've run across other books marketed this way, and if this is the next trend, no thank you. I will opt out. This book calls itself part of a series. Chunks of the same book do not constitute a series. Sorry. Second... in three "books" I have seen VERY little Christian content. The occasional mention of thinking about going to church and the rare quoted Bible verse does not a Christian story make. Nor does a person whose life is in danger sending up desperate prayers with desperate promises make the story Christian. We never see whether those prayers are answered, nor whether the person praying them makes good on their promises. Third... these "books" could REALLY use a good line edit, as well as a serious continuity check. Did none of the advance readers notice these problems? If they did, they didn't mention them in their reviews. There's a reference in "book" 1 about David only going from the beach cottage "up" to LA (Los Angeles) for big meetings at work. Naturally, this led me to believe that the story is set in a clearly-fictional coastal town south of Los Angeles. (Fictional because a reference somewhere along the line to inexpensive real estate rang my lack-of-research alarm bells. No part of the California coast either north or south of LA could be considered inexpensive by any stretch of the imagination.) There is also a reference to a car crash outside of town with speculation that the driver was on his way back to LA when he crashed. This would imply that the fictional town with the cottage is within reasonable driving distance of Los Angeles. In "book" 2 a co-worker visits from Los Angeles, again implying that the town is within easy distance. But also in "book" 2, another character asks when David is headed back "down" to LA, and refers to coming "up" from LA to the beach cottage. Now the town is to the north. Big continuity problem. And it gets bigger. Stay tuned. In "book" 2 the protagonist one time refers to the town as "Silver Lake" instead of "Silver Beach." It may seem like a minor quibble, but it threw me right out of the story ("wait, I thought the town was named something else"). But it's further evidence of carelessness on the part of the author, and reinforces the need for more advance readers and critiquers as well as a good line edit. "Book" 3 has the most egregious continuity error of all. After not being able to make up its mind whether the small town was north or south of Los Angeles, the town suddenly appears in Oregon. OREGON? Well, yes, that is north of LA, but it's about an 11-hour drive from LA just to the Oregon border! Hardly a "slip away for the weekend" kind of journey, especially when the person slipping away clearly travels by car. If I had been reading a physical book I would have thrown it at the wall. Fortunately for my tablet, I was able to control the impulse. Another "book" 3 credibility-stretcher involves the fact that the protagonist must have driven to the west coast from her home in Minnesota. She clearly has a car, and her precariously tight finances would presumably have precluded her flying in and renting a car for however many days she has been at the cottage. Her boss phones her and insists she is needed back at work right away, and she is bullied into saying she'll come. No mention of the several days it will take her to drive from the Oregon coast (because she and the town have magically been transported there from somewhere near LA) to Minnesota. As I said, I will only read "book" 4 when it is doled out next week because I want to see how the plot resolves. I have my strong suspicions.... Clearly someone was involved in something not-quite-kosher and faked his own death to get out of it. And I will only read it because it is included in my Kindle Unlimited membership. (And to see whether the small town makes yet another magical leap to a completely different part of the country.) If I were paying for these books, even at 99 cents a pop, I would have stopped reading after the first one. Edited to add... I read "book" 4, the announced final piece, and I'm even more confused. None of the ongoing questions were resolved, and a few more geographical blunders made appearances. A woman who shows up at the cottage is dressed as if she were headed for a workout in an LA gym. So the cottage has miraculously returned to southern California, within easy driving distance of Los Angeles. In another place, a woman claims she lied and told someone the hideaway cottage was in Seattle. Yeah. That's real believable... for a man who works in LA. And finally, the protagonist whose has spent the entire chunky book at the cottage is going to drive back "home" to Minneapolis "tonight" and return to work there the next day! Really? According to Google, that would be a 29-hour drive, or slightly over 1900 miles. The story ends with a happily-ever-after moment, which might satisfy a not-too-picky romance reader. But for any other reader, I will have to say, don't bother. And I am changing my star rating to 1. The premise had a lot of potential, but the execution was ... execrable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Poole

    This book has an interesting setting and plot, and the portion the reader gets is well-written. But the main character has a lot of emotional baggage and the story often stalls out as she deals with old memories and references to her need for her therapist - yet, she also begins flirting with a guy who comes to build a deck on the beach house she has inherited. The story feel is depressing as the book ends, when the main character is evaluating whether to throw out something that belonged to her This book has an interesting setting and plot, and the portion the reader gets is well-written. But the main character has a lot of emotional baggage and the story often stalls out as she deals with old memories and references to her need for her therapist - yet, she also begins flirting with a guy who comes to build a deck on the beach house she has inherited. The story feel is depressing as the book ends, when the main character is evaluating whether to throw out something that belonged to her supposedly deceased ex-husband. I assume the story continues through a series, in which readers must buy more books if they want closure. This seems to be a new market trend that I don't appreciate for selling books, so just be aware. Since I prefer lighter moods and emotionally healthier main characters that inspire me, I'm not finishing the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Candy Robosky

    Tessa's ex-husband has died and left her everything including a cottage that they used to vacation at when they were together. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it sounds. What really happened to him and what was he doing? Can Tessa close this chapter in her life or will her husband haunt her? Starts as more of a lost love story. I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving my honest review. Tessa's ex-husband has died and left her everything including a cottage that they used to vacation at when they were together. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it sounds. What really happened to him and what was he doing? Can Tessa close this chapter in her life or will her husband haunt her? Starts as more of a lost love story. I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diana Hockley

    I do not like books that are so short and "insist" that you buy another - and another - to find out what happens. This book is not so good that I would spend even more money on another, only to be short-changed again. I do not like books that are so short and "insist" that you buy another - and another - to find out what happens. This book is not so good that I would spend even more money on another, only to be short-changed again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    there is a mystery in what happend to the ex husband, but it simes to drag in that she talkes about what was wrong and that she put things off , then she wants a dog . i have keep reading but cannot get into the story , the story line could be very good

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Like the start but it's a cliffhanger Really dislike cliffhangers. Seem to be a way to con me into buying more books. This is a great start, but won't be buying more. Like the start but it's a cliffhanger Really dislike cliffhangers. Seem to be a way to con me into buying more books. This is a great start, but won't be buying more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan Emery-O'Malley

    Great book! Good start to a new series. Interesting characters and plot. I'm looking forward to reading the next book. I highly recommend this series. Great book! Good start to a new series. Interesting characters and plot. I'm looking forward to reading the next book. I highly recommend this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ladonna K Schrock

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

  11. 4 out of 5

    Drema Farley

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  13. 5 out of 5

    LEANN WILKERSON

  14. 4 out of 5

    Trudy Jackson

  15. 5 out of 5

    Audrey henry

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Whitman

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Sweeney

  18. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Noland

  19. 5 out of 5

    michelle curtis

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tim & Lyn

  21. 5 out of 5

    Holly

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary A Williamson

  23. 5 out of 5

    Judy H. Bice

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barbara J Tracy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Harding

  26. 4 out of 5

    Connie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Price

  28. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis L. Shackelford

  29. 4 out of 5

    Judy Borton

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Martens

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