Reviewed: 2006-02-16 - (Review Updated: 2006-02-16)
The Girl from Juarez is an enjoyable, romantic story, well-written and carefully edited for grammar and punctuation, for good word choices and believable dialogue.
The beginning is intriguing—"what's going to happen?" was a question repeatedly entering my mind. It's a really good start—potential conflict, evolving mystery, interesting characters, colorful setting. I was looking forward to an unusually good story. Tony Stevens captured my attention!
The opening was so good, I suppose it was hard to maintain that level, and unfortunately the rest of the story didn't. There was nothing wrong with the rest of the story. It was a nice tale of developing love and increasing commitment.
But the exciting promise of the beginning slipped away. The intriguing, mysterious wonder about Stevens's interesting characters with an ideal occupation that promised surprises and conflict, the "what's gonna happen now?" climaxed too early—and then it played out too smoothly. There were enticing teases about things that might happen, but they didn't.
The Girl from Juarez is a good social-conscience story. It challenges today's society with a character who rises above his surroundings—above a world that seeks quick gratification and encourages self-centered lives. Jeremiah is a good person who sets a good example, making ethical decisions about what he thinks is for the best rather than what would merely pleasure himself.
It was a good story; but it was potentially a very good story. It didn't have to be more sexually explicit; however, I was frustrated when I discovered seeds of possibilities that were planted to whet my anticipation that were not to allowed to blossom and bear fruit.
Tony Stevens has written a good number of stories. I'm going to read some more.