If you do not read this book, you will be missing a real treat. I don't usually start my reviews with such a strong statement but this book deserves it, especially when it is the author's first opus.
The characters are real people, they are well defined and feel like friends by the time one is part way through the book. I ended up wanting a mom like Rebecca's! The plot is one that gets frequent use but in this case, it is sufficiently different to make it seem fresh throughout the whole tale. There are some good twists and turns and the pace is well judged.
Technically the book is a pleasure to read. I spend much of my time as an eagle eyed editor for some well known SOL authors and I found almost nothing to criticise in Mr. Lichtyd's writing.
This is a fine, entertaining book and I look forward to the next one.
I don't often review stories that aren't completed. But this one is well worth reading and I am interested in how it turns out. Hopefully "and they lived happily ever after" but there is enough doubt I can't wait for the next chapter(s).
There isn't much to discuss. The characters include a stock hero, a former marine almost finished with a degree in engineering, who rents a room in a Mennonite family farmhouse. The heroine is a farmer's daughter, but the characters, and the father and mother are drawn with enough depth that when they are on stage it is interesting to read about them, too. There is a sufficiently evil villain and the daughter's younger brother is worth a look.
The numbers are eight for plot, an A. I have seen much more elaborate plots, but so far everything works just fine. The Technical score is also an eight, I didn't see any thing wrong but A is a good score the way I handle the numbers. Appeal to reviewer is also an eight, an A. Maybe I ought to score it a little higher, I must like it a lot to start reviewing it before its complete. I have faith it will only get better.