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The book I chose to review was a non-fiction piece titled “The Recue”, written by Carolyn Reardon Neuman. All around, I actually enjoyed the book, although I had a few doubts at first. The writer has a very interesting style of writing though. I’d like to take the chance to explain my view on this piece. There are several good points regarding this particular book, with very few bad.
I actually had a hard time putting it down for several reasons. Mrs. Neuman writes with such a strong ability to help you relate, and heartfelt emotion. She makes it feel as if you are watching and participating in her life. You can actually envision yourself there, feeling what she feels, seeing what she sees. The story itself can be quite a tear-jerker, adding the my obvious inability to set down the book for long. The imagery, setting and descriptive nature of the book actually brings you into the entire story. Meeting all these people (Characters from the book) makes you feel as if you know them, or are one of the author’s good friends. Everything is so “down to earth”.
One of the best things I found with this author over others is that she doesn’t bog down the writing with being too wordy, or obsessing over descriptions. She uses what she needs to and gets the point across. I have read several books that are either long winded, too wordy, or overly described. It gets very dull after a while. However, this author does nothing of the sort! She treats the reader as if they were an old friend to whom she was relaying the entire story, thus keeping them involved.
A few of the things I didn’t like were the repeating words, poor punctuation (although it does not detract from the story itself), and (very few) grammar issues. While these points did not alter the story in a significant way, they were of mild annoyance.
All in all, it was a VERY enjoyable read. I would recommend it to as many people as possible. Given the chance, I would (and might) read it again! I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
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