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Posted June 19, 2013
Mia Kerick's Beggars and Choosers models human resilience, redemption despite a sad life, and love that was almost too good to be true. It has a mythical quality that all romantics and jaded romantics yearn to be real somewhere in the world. Mia Kerick gave it a shiny-sparkly quality that caught this reader's attention, held it, and kept me transfixed until the end. Ms. Kerick's romance tugged at my heartstrings well enough to feel like a fairy tale. Love so poignant and delicate it couldn't be true; characters so touching they seem unreal; redemption so merciful and tender it couldn't have existed except in distant antiquity, like the story of Tristan and Isolde. Being a jaded romantic I would normally snicker or smirk, and remind myself that in real life this prettified and restrained romance just DOESN'T HAPPEN. Mia Kerick begged to differ however - by focusing her story on 'the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships', and by taking the premise that 'sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story', she took great care in crafting characters I wanted to root for and emphasized the passage of a lot of time to show how long the characters had to deepen their relationship. She created two protagonists with very broken lives who I hoped would find something better for themselves. She showed how much work the characters did to have a modicum of luxury in their lives, and then how humble the characters where for getting these simple luxuries - because they didn't think they deserved them. All this contributed to help me suspend disbelief, talk down the jaded romantic from my high horse of 'this would never happen in the real world', and let the reader in me enjoy the sweet tale of two difficult lives trying to transcend the harsh world they were handed. For the fans of romance, I am preaching to the converted: this book is highly recommended. To jaded romantics like myself, I recommend this book as a momentary respite from the 'real world' we have armored ourselves against. And for readers curious for a new story, I think they would enjoy the quiet tale of love Mia Kerick's Beggars and Choosers can offer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2013
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