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By The Sea, Book One: Tess

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

20 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

I loved this book. Antoinette Stockenberg knows how to write gri

I loved this book. Antoinette Stockenberg knows how to write gripping stories with characters you truly care about. I can't wait for book 2. Great stuff!

posted by Luke90210 on July 12, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Confused by this one

I have purchased, read, and thoroughly enjoyed every Antoinette Stockenberg e-book I've found at B&N, but I have to say this title/series is not up to the writing standards I've come to expect from the author. Another reviewer mentioned that this series was an earlier w...
I have purchased, read, and thoroughly enjoyed every Antoinette Stockenberg e-book I've found at B&N, but I have to say this title/series is not up to the writing standards I've come to expect from the author. Another reviewer mentioned that this series was an earlier work from the author, and her own webpage states that this is true, but that she has so extensively redone the original work by turning it into this series that it bears little resemblance to the first. I can believe that this was written while the author was still learning her craft. It seems somehow amateurish. As historical novels, the series so far is a dud. It's supposed to be relationship driven as opposed to character or plot driven. Perhaps that's why there's very little character or plot development. I found the characters unsympathetic, their relationships superficial, and the plot non-existent. All of that is capped off by a cliffhanger ending which further adds to the general unsatisfying experience of reading this book. Incidentally, enough readers complained about the ending that Ms. Stockenberg has written and posted on her webpage an extra chapter to give closure. One would have expected that closure to be addressed in the second book of the series, but it is not. The second book in the series is equally unsatisfying. The first two books in the series have Americas Cup Race in NYC in common, but none of the characters from Tess, the first book, appear in Amanda, the second. Again, checking the author's website, one finds assurances that it will all come together by the final book in the series. Maybe I'll purchase the final two books in this series just to see if she pulls it off. Maybe I won't. Nothing in the first two books made me care how the series will end.

posted by Shylurk on September 9, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

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    Could havebeen a good story but it leaps from one thing to another. The timeline is all over the place. Not a series that I can follow because the dramatic and terrible life events are skipped over and are told in an offhand way later.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    A must read

    Quite interesting

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Not very good

    This was a depressing story. I wish I had not wasted my time

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