An Amazing Story is a high quality book with a strong story line and deserves a wide audience
"An Amazing Story" is a high-quality book with a strong story line and deserves a wide audience
Sex, love and adventure are mixed among the pages of An Amazing Story, which tells part of Dolores' life. We follow her from her native Brazil to wealthier California where she has her first contact with love. But the experience of being sexually molested by her stepfather leaves her heartbroken and disillusioned.
Disappointed, she runs away, believing that her life is only a continuous suffering.
An unexpected meeting in Los Angeles takes her to Sydney, Australia, with promises of a brilliant career, success and wealth. But soon she is without work. Desperation, loneliness and necessity takes Dolores on the road to sin in the ephemeral nocturnal lights of Kings-Cross, as a high-class prostitute.
In time Dolores is confronted with the decision to go after the lucrative life of prostitution or to listen to her heart, on the day she meets Thomas, a handsome, young and famous photographer. But he is skeptical that real love can be possible after previous experiences with the opposite sex.
It starts an odyssey for the two, pursuing explorations of the necessary needs in creating lasting love capable of redeeming them from their past anxieties.
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After reading the book, An Amazing Story, by Carlo Gabbi, I find myself mostly disappointed. That is not to say that the book did not have its merits. To summarize, the book is a work of fiction, based in part on actual memoirs. It begins with Bill relating how he came about receiving the scrapbooks and diaries from his niece, Dolores. The rest of the story accounts Dolores through a good portion of her life and the trials she endured. Beginning in her native Brazil, to California where her mother moved the family and remarried, then Australia, it relays the sexual molestation by her step-father, to her life as a high-class prostitute, and on to her chance meeting with Thomas- a man she finds herself falling in love with. Let me start out by saying this book is in need of some serious editing. Normally, I do not focus on these things too greatly, but in this case it ruined the book for me as it was overwhelmingly distracting. The book went from first person point of view, to third person, and then back again. It was done, not in a way to spin the story between the characters or add narrative, but as an error. It also jumped from past tense to present tense often. I found words that needed to be capitalized, or that were and shouldn¿t have been. There were several commas needed, or were inappropriately placed. There were many grammatical errors such as: an/a, there/their, has/had, etc. The grammar and spelling needed to be checked as well, as there were misspellings, partial words, and some words made plural that should not have been. The book also got off to a very slow start. It wasn¿t until the third chapter that I found myself interested in reading. There were a few dead spots where I lost interest. I feel this book should be listed or targeted as a fictional memoir, instead of romantic fiction, and stick to the first person to keep the significance. After saying that, the trials that Dolores endured were both heart-breaking and overwhelming. I found her very relatable. The author has an extensive vocabulary, which allowed the reader to become more engaged in the storyline. Readers can take from this book a greater knowledge of other cultures through America, Brazil, and Australia. With some tweaking, editing, and a change of genre, this book could do well. Kelly Moran, Author and Reviewer