4 out of 4 stars
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Lost and Love: Thailand by Stella Knights is a romantically adventurous fictional novel about two lovers who are struggling with living as a married couple. Living in a nice terrace home, marrying her high school sweetheart, having a job and paying off all her bills sure is a blessing that Savannah cannot overlook. Savannah, a young call center employee finds that her life is not as fulfilling as she would like it to be. An idea sells her to a once in a lifetime possibility to bring back the spark into her relationship.
Savannah's story is told in the first-person narrative. The author immediately lets us in Savannah's life, feelings and thoughts which I loved. Savannah internalizes many of her experiences, we see life through her perspective. Her inner dialogue allows us to get to know her better as the story develops. Savannah keeps referring to the missing pieces of her life that she can't seem to grasp. One example; ".. I misplaced something important. I keep looking around and searching, but I can’t quite put my finger on the problem.” shows just how urgent the matter is and it's portrayed throughout the novel. Savannah's friend Pam who is as young and as married as her, except that Pam has two toddlers, has had many lessons ahead of Savannah, alas she has the experience to advise Savannah on marriage.
Johnny's character is much different from Savannah's. As her husband, Johnny has a disconnect with the audience as we do not know much about him. I disliked this aspect because I felt like we needed to get to know him better as the protagonist's partner. As readers, we needed to understand where his decision- making came from in order to sympathize or interpret his decisions without bias. There are a number of things he does that are questionable and then we are left hanging and wondering about his morals and values.
I commend Stella's writing. It is simple, graphic and light. There are a number of humorous moments as the story develops. Both Savannah and Pam share comic dialogues. Savannah's internal dialogue tends to be quite comic and that's why you will love journeying with her through her ups and downs and as she decides to take charge of her destiny.
I thoroughly enjoyed the read. It was fast-paced and not confusing. Albeit my above-mentioned frustrations, I give the novel 4 out of 4 stars. The story was not compromised and was well delivered. Since this one is the first of its series I still have hope that we will get to know a bit more about Johnny, so I cannot fault the author in this aspect as yet. The novel contains some explicit language and graphic intimate scenes. Male genitals are graphically portrayed.I recommend the book to readers above 20 years.
Lost and Love: Thailand (Book One of the Lost and Love Series)
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