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Wayne Stinnett, Author of the Jesse McDermitt Caribbean Adventure Series
- Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Where to start? I know the author through an author's discussion forum, so let's get that out of the way. For that reason, I give this book 6 stars. Leaving that out, 5.
However, had I never heard of Dawn Lee McKenna and this book was something my wife recommended, this is exactly what I'd say about it. First off, this isn't my usual reading genre, so I would have started reading my wife's recommendation with some trepidation and what we call "hemming and hawing". It's not really a romance, but more of a love story. I would say a tragic love story, but that wouldn't be accurate. There's nothing tragic in the love a husband and wife have for one another and their family. A love that transcends death. A love that lasts through generations. A "One Thing" love.
This is a story about two people who find each other after nearly a lifetime, even though they've known each other all their lives. It's a story of joy and sadness, the highs and lows that come in any relationship, and the faith these two have in one another and in God. This is an emotional read, so be warned. I'm a tough old former Marine and former truck driver. In other words, a manly man. I'm unashamed to say that while reading this, I cried tears of joy, tears of sorrow, of pride, tenderness, love, and pain. I was deeply moved by this story.
Had I not known the author, I would never have guessed it to be her first book. Dawn Lee writes like a seasoned professional, pouring her very soul into every line and page of her story. You can see her characters and setting, smell the peach blossoms, hear the crickets, taste the sweet iced tea, and feel the touch of a lover. It seems like I've I known Jack and Emma for years, like they were my long time neighbors. It might be the southern charm of the setting, I live in the south, as well. I can see more of my own neighbors in Jack and Emma's neighbors, Gina and Dew and all their friends along the country road they live on. Simple people, living simple lives, in a simple, rural setting. A truly magnificent novel, first one or not. I've already started reading her next one.