Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Book Review: When the Bough Breaks by Miss Mae

Title: When the Bough Breaks
Author: Miss Mae
Genre: Fiction/Young Adult/Mystery-Thriller
ISBN: 978-1-936167-01-2
Format: E-book, 189 pages
(avl in print only)
Release date: October 12, 2009
Reviewed: September 7, 2009
Rating: 5 pearls (4.8)
Warnings: None

Synopsis: 16-year-old Darlene Moore is not allowed to date until she turns 18. Despite her mother's rule, she finds herself drawn to Parker Shane, a young man newly returned from Vietnam who has the reputation of a playboy. Through betrayals by more than one person in whom Darlene once placed her trust, these two struggle to find a way to be together.

My two cents: This book started out with the feel of a typical young adult book. The heroine, Darlene, is 16 and in high school. Set in the late '60s with all the trappings of the period, it was an interesting journey into recent history. As the story progresses, however, the initial fluffy feel of the story is lost in a barrage of tragedy that left this reader in tears more than once.

I was surprised that this short novel managed to wring so many differing emotions from me. I chuckled, I cried and at one point, my jaw dropped. It is well-written, flows well, and has believable characters. This was a book that was hard to walk away from. If my copy hadn't been an e-book, I would have taken this book with me everywhere until I was done!

While the first few chapters were a little slow, getting to know who was who and what was what, the story quickly picked up pace. The author let tantalizing bits of mystery drop until all the pieces fell into place. In my opinion, it was very well done.

In conclusion, this is the first by this author that I have had the pleasure to read. It won't be the last.

Please note: Although my copy was an e-book, this book will only be available in print.

*Review based on ARC.

7 comments:

Miss Mae said...

Thank you, Jaimey, for the incredible review!

Miss said...

Congratulations Miss Mae, a wonderful review and richly deserved.

Larry Hammersley said...

A wonderful review for a well deserving author whom I've had the pleasure of reading one of her works. Sounds like she is true to form again with her craft. My hat is off to you again, Miss Mae. Larry

Rebecca J Vickery said...

HI Jaimey and Miss Mae,
A wonderful review Jaimey. I enjoy your honesty and enthusiasm.
Congrats on the five pearls, Miss Mae. Looks like a winner to me.

Jaimey Grant said...

You're very welcome, Miss Mae. It was a pleasure to read your work.

Thank you all for the lovely comments. Miss Mae is very fortunate to have such wonderful supporters. :o)

Laurean Brooks said...

What a wonderful review, Miss Mae. You've had some great ones, but this one tops them all.

Keep tapping those keys!

Laurie

Joyce DiPastena said...

Sounds like a great book, reviewed by a great reviewer! :-)

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