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Review – Long Way Home – Neve Cottrell

11 Nov

long way homeLong Way Home
Author: Neve Cottrell
Series: #1 in the Mangrove Island series
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆

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Description:
Tyler Barnes can’t believe his eyes when Alexis MacAdams walks back into his life. His high school crush left Mangrove Island seventeen years ago and never looked back. He’s held on to the memory of her, even though she never gave him a second glance. Now Alexis is back for the holidays and Tyler is determined to make a lasting impression before she slips away again. He soon learns, however, that her broken heart needs to heal before he has a chance to win it. Can Tyler convince her to risk her heart for a second time?

Review:
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a sucker for childhood crush/reunited romance/second chance romance type stories (i’m throwing them all in together, because in general, at least 2of those elements are normally represented somehow). so when Ms Cottrell sent me an email requesting a review for her debut novel, I was intrigued. The cover immediately caught my eye, you could tell that time and effort had been put into the design and it looked suitable for a book set on an island with lots of beach scenes.

Unfortunately, after I started reading, I hit a bit of a snag – I don’t know what it was exactly, but I really struggled with the writing style for probably the first 20% or so. In fact, I actually debated putting it down and not finishing the book. But then, I got stuck on a bus in traffic with only my phone to keep me entertained for a couple of hours and I picked up Long Way Home and started reading again. And this time, it worked. I don’t know what it was when I first tried to read it, compared to the second time, but it just worked for me.

Overall, I thought the author did a good job of developing her characters – there were a few places where I felt like some of the actions of the characters were a bit disconnected with how I imagined them, based on previous descriptions. There were also a few places where the dialogue between the characters seemed overly formal, compared to how people really talk (like the use of contractions). But I think that is something that will develop more fully overtime.

I am interested to see where she goes next with the series, as there were many secondary characters in Long Way Home that I would like to see more of. Overall, I gave Long Way Home a solid 3 stars.

 
5 Comments

Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Book Review

 

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5 responses to “Review – Long Way Home – Neve Cottrell

  1. Susan dyer

    November 11, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Every time you do a book review I look to see if I have the book…….if not I’m off to the library website to see if they have it! Lol no wonder my TBR pile is NOT shrinking!!

     
    • Dee

      November 11, 2014 at 3:29 am

      don’t blame me!

      its a new, self-pub’d author – so i’m guessing your library may not have it

       
      • Susan Dyer

        November 11, 2014 at 3:31 am

        Nope I checked here and the Seattle library as I’m still a member there……nothing! Amazon??.

         
      • Dee

        November 11, 2014 at 3:46 am

        Amazon has it

         
  2. Samantha

    November 11, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Good review.

     

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