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Posted January 24, 2008
Do you want to read a good romance novel that will have you at the edge of your seat? If you do, then A Family for the Holidays, by Victoria Pade, is the perfect book. The novel has the central theme of no matter how many times life may seem to knock one down they will get up again and eventually find comfort in the future. This fiction novel focuses on the three main characters: Dax Traub, Shandie Solomon, and Kayla Solomon. The story takes place little town of Thunder Canyon. This is the type of town where everyone knows everyone and their private information. The book grabs the attention of the reader through the vivid descriptions of the very sexy Dax Traub, the gorgeous Shandie Solomon, and the adorable three year old, Kayla Solomon (who appears to have the speech of a three year old. For example, the mispronunciation of the words ¿is¿ for ¿uz¿ (p.151) and ¿ornaments¿ for ¿ormanents¿ (151)). Dax and Shandie are united for the first time, when Kayla disappears from the hair salon Shandie works at and co-owns (Clip¿n Curls). Shandie happens to find her daughter at the neighboring auto garage shop looking for a bike bigger that Jack S. (a rival kid from Kayla¿s preschool whose name she would mispronounce ¿Jackass¿ (9)). Following this meeting, the book takes off on a love rollercoaster which has a lot of peaks and troughs throughout the novel. Many conflicts and questions also arise within the story such as: Will Shandie end up like Dax¿s ex-wife Allaire, or be the next Lizbeth Stanton, who was his fiancé after his marriage? Or will the life long brotherly hatred between Dax and his brother continue? One positive statement about the book is that it not only flows well, but it also helps me feel like I am in the little town of Thunder Canyon through the expressive descriptions of the characters as well. For example, when Shandie describes his shoulders like ¿shoulders that were wide and straight and powerful enough to imply, `Don¿t mess with me.¿¿(17) and the way ¿his gorgeous eyes¿gave her hot flashes¿ (120). These descriptions gave me so much detail, similar to the ones mentioned, that I was able to visualize all of the characters in the novel. There is not anything negative to say about the novel because it is that good. Many picture a romance novel as a story that has a boy and girl who like each other in the beginning, fall in love in the end and then there is the end of the book. However, this is nothing like that. Throughout the novel there is a constant reminder of how tough life can be and that if you keep your head up high, in the end you will succeed along with comedy, sensuality, and nail- biting drama. In the end, I really enjoyed the book. There is so much excitement, that it will keep you reading until the end. So will Dax make up with his distant brother and the people he used to be friends with? Will he be able to make Shandie fall in love with him? And even if he did, could he be a father figure for Kayla? The answer is: you will have to read the book to find out.
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Posted December 11, 2011
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