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Not What She Seems

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Victorine truly has a victory with this sweet romance/suspense story!

Storyline: It started off really well and grabbed my attention right away; at times it was difficult to put down and I nearly missed my bus stop a couple of times on the way to work. (This would have definitely been no bueno because I am not a morning person and having ...
Storyline: It started off really well and grabbed my attention right away; at times it was difficult to put down and I nearly missed my bus stop a couple of times on the way to work. (This would have definitely been no bueno because I am not a morning person and having to do any extra walking in the morning is not my idea of fun!)

The story is easy to follow and there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. At the end, Victorine made it obvious what is really going on and, like any movie where the audience is supposed to figure it our before the main characters; the type of thing that makes the reader or viewer want to shake the characters and tell them what's happening!

The ending was very nicely done and didn't leave you wondering what happened to this or that character. Except, well, I wish it would have maybe been a tad bit longer just so that we could know how the wedding went.

Grammar/Spelling: I noticed some minor grammatical errors and formatting issues. Though, I feel that neither of these took away from the overall enjoyment of Emily and Steven's story. I have a feeling that the formatting issues are mainly due the literal format of the Kindle itself.

Character Development: The characters were described in depth and given clear definition with stand alone personalities. They all seemed like people I have known throughout my life. (Well, I haven't known that many billionaires, but I can at least say I've known some decent folks like Steven.)

Emily is a beautiful, sincere woman and has done everything she could to keep her son safe. Richard also has moments of likeability and even seems to care a great deal for Emily. I also loved Rose's attempts at match-making and her love for her stubborn husband is sweet; as is his mother's interest in his love life and general happiness. Her character was very well developed and believable.

Writing Style: I did have some issues with the lengths of the sentences. I understand that a short, choppy sentence is necessary and, at times, truly helps emphasize the urgency of certain aspects of the characters' situations and story. But, I felt that there were many occasions when the sentences could have been combined for a much smoother reading experience.

Also, there were a few instances when it seemed as if the narrative leaned more towards a running inner-monologue. I thought that the differences in Steven's outlook on the situation and Emily's take on the same situation were executed wonderfully. I just felt, at times, that it was difficult to understand whose perception we were reading.

Continuity: I did not notice any issues with continuity.

Overall Rating: 4+

Overall, I loved the story of two people running from either their past or daily life, only to have both of their lives come screeching to the forefront of everyone's life. I would give this book a solid 4.5 star rating and recommend it to anyone. I know exactly what Victorine meant by a "sweet romance" and hope that this genre really takes off!

posted by Syria_Says on December 6, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Good short story

This was a good book for the price. However, I like to open all the books on my nook so I can see how long they are. This one said 4885 pages and when I turned pages, it turned 250-300 at a time. I have no idea how many actual pages there are. Wonder if that can be fixe...
This was a good book for the price. However, I like to open all the books on my nook so I can see how long they are. This one said 4885 pages and when I turned pages, it turned 250-300 at a time. I have no idea how many actual pages there are. Wonder if that can be fixed.

posted by EclecticHobbies on February 21, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2011

    THE NUMBER MEANS...WHAT?

    The bnumber226...is that the vnumber of copies sold or ...

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Problem+with+page+numbering%2C+did+not+develop+any+characters+terrible+story+line+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2011

    Problematic title

    Just a cautionary note to authors everywhere about book titles that begin with the word "NOT"-- try to avoid it. Search mechanism using boolean logic don't like it!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    DO NOT GET THIS BOOK

    This was the worst book I've ever read! Thank goodness it was a free book. It was supposedly 4000+ pages but with every swipe you turn about 20 or so pages. So who knows how long this torture really was.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    not so good

    my nook said it was 4000 plus pages but when you turned pages it would jump numbers. not believable characters, especially the 4 year old. not worth it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2011

    Will kill time.

    This book started out good, but then it lagged in the middle like the author didn't know where she wanted the plot to go next. I finished just to see where it would go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2011

    worst book ever, big waste of time, stupid!!

    poorly written, stupid plot. Worst book I have ever read

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