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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

A promising debut

While this isn't a genre I typically read, I enjoyed many elements of Riversong, a promising debut novel by Tess Hardwick. It has a cast of quirky small-town characters, a swift-moving plot, and an even mix of romance and angst that chick lit fans will enjoy. At the sam...
While this isn't a genre I typically read, I enjoyed many elements of Riversong, a promising debut novel by Tess Hardwick. It has a cast of quirky small-town characters, a swift-moving plot, and an even mix of romance and angst that chick lit fans will enjoy. At the same time, the book features occasional snippets of prose that are achingly beautiful and powerfully written, on par with the best in women's fiction. The book does contain some typographical errors and, if you're a stickler for that, you will find it distracting. Still, Riversong is a solid debut overall, and I look forward to reading future books by Hardwick and seeing how she grows into her literary voice.

posted by jmccannAZ on June 9, 2011

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7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Mediocre at best...

Although the plot was ok, the writer clearly lacked in a lot of places. There were several transitional problems (moving from one scene to the next), the grammatical and typographical errors were numerous, the introduction of new characters was awkward (Maria comes to m...
Although the plot was ok, the writer clearly lacked in a lot of places. There were several transitional problems (moving from one scene to the next), the grammatical and typographical errors were numerous, the introduction of new characters was awkward (Maria comes to mind), the sex scenes were blaise (ok, to be fair, I only read the first sex scene...those who can't write it, shouldn't), at one point she's describing 4 feet in shoes, but we don't get to know who the other person is until 4 paragraphs in, some things were totally beyond the realm of believability (I mean, seriously, who's going to pile flammable materials as high as a house [if they could even reach that far...seriously??] and then light it on fire? Stupid, stupid, stupid), and there's wayyyyy too much backflow of information. We don't really need to know that Tommy was married twice, do we? Overall, a very slow-moving book with emphasis on too many things at one time. Not worth more than the $2.99 for the nook book, and whoever priced a hand-held copy at $16.95 is quite delusional.

posted by mre-rtr on October 9, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    Mediocre at best...

    Although the plot was ok, the writer clearly lacked in a lot of places. There were several transitional problems (moving from one scene to the next), the grammatical and typographical errors were numerous, the introduction of new characters was awkward (Maria comes to mind), the sex scenes were blaise (ok, to be fair, I only read the first sex scene...those who can't write it, shouldn't), at one point she's describing 4 feet in shoes, but we don't get to know who the other person is until 4 paragraphs in, some things were totally beyond the realm of believability (I mean, seriously, who's going to pile flammable materials as high as a house [if they could even reach that far...seriously??] and then light it on fire? Stupid, stupid, stupid), and there's wayyyyy too much backflow of information. We don't really need to know that Tommy was married twice, do we? Overall, a very slow-moving book with emphasis on too many things at one time. Not worth more than the $2.99 for the nook book, and whoever priced a hand-held copy at $16.95 is quite delusional.

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Could have been worse

    It was passable. I found some of the characters very lacking and the leading lady a bit dull. The leading male character made so little of an impact I can't even remember his name. Won't be on my "re-read" list.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Fire the editor!

    There was a good story behind it, however all the errors located throughout the book took away from the enjoyment. I would definately hire a different editor the next time I had a book published!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    This book has some beautiful imagery, sounds like an ideal place. However, the characters and storyline were so predictable, the ending all tied up in a neat lttle bow. Editing was terrible, rife with typos, grammar errors, gaps in continuity and plausibility. Author has a gift, but needs direction, more depth, and a real editor!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Contrived

    So pedictable you could write the ending after reading the first few chapters, it started good then turns into a pity party. I kept reading hoping i was wrong.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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