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For the Love of Suzanne

  by Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill

The First Ten

Because For the Love of Suzanne was Book of the Day, some of our most trusted reviewers have carefully looked over the cover, the description, and other aspects of this book. The reviewers even read at least the first 10 pages of the book. They have each written a short review explaining why they plan to read the whole book or not based on the sample they read and other aspects of the book. Their feedback is displayed below. We call this awesome feature The First Ten.

Over a million books are published each year. Any given person could not even read .0001% of the books out there. This means readers have to be very selective. Even taking the time to look over reviews and blurbs, let alone read samples, is more time than most readers can afford for most books. The First Ten is a powerful focus group that addresses those issues. It creates a helpful tool for authors, publishers, and other readers.

L_Therese

Truth - I've already read this book when it was Book of the Month. My comments on the whole book can be found in that discussion. I went back to the first ten pages again for THIS exercise and pretended like I didn't know the rest of the story. The book's initial presentation encourages me to read it - with the exception of the brief excerpt included in the Amazon plot description. Time travel can be fascinating, and the author can potentially play with the culture clash that accompanied western expansion in the mid-1800s. For the first ten pages, the reader is meeting Suzanne, our heroine. I immediately cared about her as the book opened, and the author reveals a lot about her character in these first pages. The editing could use a little work, but there were no major errors that I saw. If I hadn't already read the book, after ten pages, I would want to keep reading and find out more.

First Ten review added on July 11, 2016, at 10:25 am by L_Therese.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

gali

I have read this book already and loved it! The book starts with an intriguing scene and just gets better and better! I enjoyed the book immensely and found it a great read. "For the Love of Suzanne" is a spellbinding western time-traveler romance with a paranormal twist, and I enjoyed it from the first word! The book was a page-turner and I found myself drawn in by both the plot and the characters. As you gathered, I loved the book and certainly recommend it!

First Ten review added on July 11, 2016, at 10:27 am by gali.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

bookowlie

I already read this book when it was Book of the Month, but I will limit my my opinions to the Amazon summary blurb, cover, and first ten pages. The summary blurb captured my interest, with the time travel element and a bi-racial character who is distrusted by whites and Native Americans. One word, Chiricahua, was confusing; it would have been clearer to substitute/add a word with something more widely understood in the summary. I didn't care for the cover; it's a little cheesy and gives the impression of a hearts-and-flowers type of romance novel. The first ten pages are well written and flow well. However, I was uncomfortable with the harsh subject matter right from the start, with pregnant Suzanne being physically abused by her husband. There is also a little too much backstory in the first two pages about the woman's mother's remarriage and both families' opposition to the couple's wedding years earlier. It just seemed too in-your-face for this info to be in the first page or two. Still, I am interested in reading more of the main character's story after reading the sample.

First Ten review added on July 11, 2016, at 11:37 am by bookowlie.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Rachaelamb1

This book has a gorgeous cover and a decent description, but it was the Book of The Month discussions that made me want to read it. I don't usually read romance novels, but I do like the time-travel and historical aspect to this one. I enjoyed the first ten pages, although it does not start out happily. The beginning does seem a little slow and the dialogue sounds forced. I think if I hadn't heard such great things about it, I may not have given the book a second chance based only on the first ten pages. However, I am guessing it gets better once Suzanne goes back in time, so I will be reading more of the book.

First Ten review added on July 11, 2016, at 12:30 pm by Rachaelamb1.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

CataclysmicKnight

I love the idea of time travel romance, and looked forward to getting started with this even though romance isn't always a genre I enjoy. It was hard to read at first - the writing is great and all, but the spousal abuse is always incredibly hard for me to read. I'm definitely glad it's resolved already! Things move by at a quick but solid pace, and as long as the writing keeps up after these first 10 pages I'll finish it!

First Ten review added on July 11, 2016, at 1:04 pm by CataclysmicKnight.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Vermont Reviews

I enjoyed reading the first ten pages of this book. I found it to be well written with no errors or grammar problems. The author did a fine job with character development. The main characters Beau Dillion and Suzanne eloped to get married and now a few years later Beau has become mean and has been drinking and beating Suzanne. The story takes off at a fast pace and is wonderfully told. No spoilers here. Based on the pages that I did read I would read the balance of the book. I found the descriptions in the book to be my favorite part. I looked over the reviews of the book and most of the readers were very pleased with the book.

First Ten review added on July 11, 2016, at 3:56 pm by Vermont Reviews.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Gravy

I've seen a lot of praise for this, and I can believe it's all valid, though I wouldn't have given this book a second look. The cover fits well, and the sample seems well written, but I had an issue with some of the character interactions, they just felt false to me.
I don't think that I would read this, though if it were in my niche, I might feel differently.

Altogether I just feel like it's not for me, but others would eat it up.

First Ten review added on July 11, 2016, at 9:33 pm by Gravy.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Judyk

This story pulled me in from the very beginning and I read well past the first ten pages before I came up for air. I read a lot of romance novels so if I came across this book on my own I may have read it based on the title cover and blurb. However after getting started I will definitely finish based on the author's writing style, characters, and story line.

First Ten review added on July 12, 2016, at 12:12 am by Judyk.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

truebookaddict

I probably would not have chose to sample or read this one because of the genre. I don't read romances novels, as a rule.

I probably won't read the whole book. Although I was enjoying the story well enough at first, the sudden shift into time travel (is that what it was?) really threw me.

I could tell this was professionally edited. No typos or grammatical errors detected.

I liked the story in the beginning. I liked how Suzanne stood up to her abusive husband. Then the shock of his sudden death, and though it was unexpected and sad, it was the realization that she was finally free of him. She would not have been (probably), if he would have lived. The story took a wrong turn for me with the sudden shift into a time travel episode, as I mentioned above. I just didn't feel like that was handled the right way. Maybe it's just me. The only improvement I could suggest would be to smooth out that little bump in the story (just from what I read in the sample), but that's just my opinion.

First Ten review added on July 12, 2016, at 12:14 am by truebookaddict.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Momlovesbooks

I read this book when it was book of the month. I'm captivated by anything that involves time travel. I would have read this book based on the title and description, even if it had not been BOTM. The characters were interesting, the historical aspects were well researched, and the dialogue fit the setting of the novel. It was a very enjoyable reading experience.

First Ten review added on July 12, 2016, at 11:08 am by Momlovesbooks.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

hsimone

Based on the cover, title, genre, and blurb I definitely would have sampled this book. The reviews all look positive, and therefore, increases my interest of this book. In fact, I have read this book and enjoyed it!

Within sampling the first few pages, the book does seem to be professionally edited. My favorite bit of this book is the suspenseful and captivating beginning. I also feel the author begins to write about a character that some women can relate to – those in abusive relationships. At this point I the novel, I do not see any improvements that need to made.

First Ten review added on July 12, 2016, at 11:10 am by hsimone.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Shelle

I don't think I would have chosen to read this book based on the cover as it looks a little too "bodice-ripper" for my taste. However, what I read of the sample is a nice surprise as it's not at all what I expected. I like the author's writing style and the story seems intriguing. It appears to be professionally edited and error-free.

First Ten review added on July 12, 2016, at 12:36 pm by Shelle.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

James Craft

I'm not much for romance novels, so right off the bat this one sort of turns me away. However, I am willing to read the opening to see if it might catch my attention or to at least give an accurate assessment of it. I like the characters and the way the world is set up, and I am a fan of time travel. I'm sure a lot of people will really enjoy reading this one because it seems clever and creative, but I'm not going to be continuing because it isn't the kind of book I enjoy.

First Ten review added on March 30, 2017, at 11:25 am by James Craft.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

jamesabr

If I were not in the First Ten program, I would have likely overlooked this book due to its genre. Romance novels don’t usually interest me. This one, however, had a compelling first Chapter and interesting second Chapter. Suzanne’s sudden show of strength against Beau and the question of what she will do about the pregnancy pique my interest. Some sentences were a little redundant in giving exposition, but I will definitely overlook them and purchase this book to read. There were no typos or grammatical errors.

First Ten review added on March 30, 2017, at 12:45 pm by jamesabr.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

ashley_claire

This is a book I've noticed floating around OBC frequently over the last couple of years. The main reason I haven't picked it up is because it is obviously a romance, and I just don't read romance very often. Since I have noticed it several times, I was interested in trying a sample to see what it's all about. I enjoyed the first ten pages and it did leave me feeling like I wanted to know where the book was heading. I'm very interested to see just how the time travel element plays out. I probably wouldn't have sampled this on my own but now I'm glad I did and plan to eventually read the rest of the book.

First Ten review added on March 30, 2017, at 12:51 pm by ashley_claire.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Sarah_Khan

I probably would not have picked this book myself if it was not part of the First Ten program because it does not seem like something I would read. I thought the blurb was adequately written. The first ten pages are captivating, professionally edited and well-written. The plot is interesting but it also seems like other stories I have heard of before. Therefore, I do not intend to read the rest of this book.

First Ten review added on March 30, 2017, at 1:53 pm by Sarah_Khan.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

CrescentMoon

After reading the blurb, this book doesn't really seem like my cup of tea. The genre is romance which I do sometimes like but I'm really not enticed by the storyline. After reading the first ten pages, and the dialogue I am not excited enough to read the rest of the book. It kind of seems like a cheesy romance novel to me so I will not be reading the rest.

First Ten review added on March 30, 2017, at 3:29 pm by CrescentMoon.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

AA1495

Had I not sampled the book, I don't know if I would have read it. I usually read romance books, but not time travel ones. Having read the sample, I liked the author's writing style. The characters' feelings were described very well. However, I didn't like the pace of the plot in the sample. The book seems professionally edited. I came across a review for the book on Onlinebookclub. While I will not be reading the book further now, I might read it in the future.

First Ten review added on March 30, 2017, at 6:34 pm by AA1495.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Scerakor

Had I not been a part of the "First Ten" program, I would likely have not given this book the time of the day. I am not a fan of romance novels and from the cover, blurb, and reviews, this really didn't appeal to me. Having read the first ten pages, I haven't exactly changed my mind, but I did notice that it seemed well written and edited. If I was to read a romance novel, I would likely consider this one. I liked how the book started off strong with a feeling of discomfort/conflict literally from the first sentence. This pushes the suspense level from the beginning. This book didn't have an official review on OBC that I saw, but, that likely wouldn't have changed my viewpoint at all, simply as it isn't a genre that I usually would read. I will not be reading the rest of this book.

First Ten review added on March 30, 2017, at 7:53 pm by Scerakor.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

psychopathycathy

If I had not read the sample, I would have read the book. This seems extremely interesting. After reading the sample, I have changed my mind. Although the plot seems interesting, the writing was a little simplistic with too much "tell" and not "show". It was professionally edited. I did not read an official review.

First Ten review added on March 30, 2017, at 8:18 pm by psychopathycathy.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Bfrisco

The title and cover of this book would have immediately lost my interest. Frankly, I strongly dislike romance novels, so I would not have looked into this book. When I read the excerpt, it appeared professionally edited. I will not continue reading this book past the first ten pages. The beginning was incredibly cliche. I understand it's a staple of the genre, but I truly hate the "woman in an abusive relationship is pushed to the brink at the beginning of the book" trope in romance novels. While I understand it happens a lot in this genre (and in real life), I tend to avoid it.

First Ten review added on March 30, 2017, at 9:35 pm by Bfrisco.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Pilar Guerrero

I had read a review on OBC during the weekend and the plot got my attention. I thought the cover and the title matched well and I gave it a try. The book was engaging for me from the beginning and the descriptions of what happened were well balanced with the personality descriptions and the explanations about what had happened first. I found the book well written and the story touched me deeply, as I have seen women suffering like that in real life. I got the book and I am reading it now.

First Ten review added on March 30, 2017, at 10:19 pm by Pilar Guerrero.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

anneloretrujillo

I would have sampled this book based solely on the genre. Romances are my favorite. After reading the first ten pages, I will be finishing this book. I really enjoyed the sample. I liked the idea of time travelling in the book. It also had me laughing a couple of times. I'm excited to see what happens next. It did seem to be professionally edited.

First Ten review added on March 31, 2017, at 12:47 am by anneloretrujillo.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

ananya92

Since this was the book of the month (January) last year, I was already curious to read this one. From the description, it seems like any other book in the time-travel romance genre; however, on reading the sample I was pleasantly surprised. Apart from the various themes like racial prejudice, loss of native American land, loyalty, etc, what really impressed me was the emotionally involving writing style of the author. There is a certain innocence in this tale, which is heartwarming. On technical score, the book seems to be professionally edited. The BOTM discussion about this book was fairly encouraging, and based on the sample I've read, I think I'll finish this one.

First Ten review added on March 31, 2017, at 4:05 am by ananya92.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Kdonegan91

At first glance, I thought this book was going to be a cheesy cliche romance novel. However, after reading the sample, I am anxious to read more. The author's style of writing is excellent and flows easily. Also, the sample is well-edited and professionally formatted.

First Ten review added on March 31, 2017, at 7:44 pm by Kdonegan91.
Do you plan to read the whole book? Yes!

Cjgarland89

The reviews for this book seemed to me majority postitive and excited about reading it. The OBC reviews all had different POVs, but since I am not into romance or time travel I assumed I wouldn't be interested in this. After sampling the first ten pages I've confirmed I'm not particularly interested. I didn't feel attached to the lead character and couldn't grasp the emotion so I won't be finishing this one.

First Ten review added on April 1, 2017, at 1:57 am by Cjgarland89.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

jungkookblog

I don't think I will be reading this book because the overall plot and reviews did not seem to attract my attention. I am not going to read this book because it seemed like there was a lot of abuse and emotional stuff in the book. I want to read something more happy. It seems professionally edited. I did not see any review, and I don't think that the lack of it would affect my decision.

First Ten review added on April 1, 2017, at 3:38 am by jungkookblog.
Do you plan to read the whole book? No

Total ~ 59%

This book earned a score of 59%.

In other words, out of the top-level reviewers who read at least the first 10 pages of this book, 59% plan to read the whole book.

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