Overall rating and opinion of " The Reel Sisters" by Michelle Cummings

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Re: Overall rating and opinion of " The Reel Sisters" by Michelle Cummings

Post by Calidroz » 28 May 2018, 11:16

BookishCreature wrote:
16 Feb 2018, 14:02
Oh man, it seems like I might be the only one who really disliked this book. :/ It has the dubious honor of being the first book I've ever rated one star on OBC. My review hasn't been published yet, but the short version is that I couldn't stand the awkward dialogue, the childish behavior of the grown women in the story, and the lack of overarching conflict in the plot. Was it just me?
Thanks for the review, I can't stand feeling like I wasted time at the end of a book. But someone else a it made them cry! Crazy that a book can evoke such a range of reactions. Might be worth a read after all!

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Post by Amy+++ » 28 May 2018, 12:22

I don't know anything about fly fishing, and reading a book with that topic in it would be boring for me. I like the character driven aspect of it but if the book starts off slow and takes a while to introduce everyone then it would just be a struggle for me to read it. I saw other reviews and a lot of people like this book and that's great but I don't think that this book is for me.

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Post by dbartondeb » 29 May 2018, 08:21

I wasn't sure if I would like it or not, either. I enjoy fishing, but have never tried fly fishing. This book was stimulating and motivational. I enjoyed the book and learning about the sport along with the friends connections!

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Post by Shaggy-Reads » 29 May 2018, 13:31

I am a country girl who ran with my dad to fish, hunt, and deal with the day to day life on the farm. Laying trout lines and fishing have always been a daddy, daughter driven event for us. Fly fishing is one area we have always spoke of learning but never have done. After reading this book, I’m more determined than ever to learn. The detailed information on fly fishing and the equipment made for a slightly slow start to the actual story but I really enjoyed the new knowledge.

In respect to the story and characters, I loved all 5 and how though they were each so different they all formed a lasting friendship. The way each was introduced along with their backstory, how they met the others, careers, and life for them in general was essential to understanding the story.

The love these characters found for each other while they enjoyed fly fishing was touching. The actual act and emotions of fishing were true to form. From catching to losing that one incredible fish felt so real. The one thing I found off was the formal dialogue and how certain things happened. Those were not as realistic or life like as they could have been.

The ending was sad and had me crying. I usually can see things coming as I read but this snuck up on me.

I would recommend this book to those who appreciate books of friendship and the endurance true friends have as life happens. True friends are hard to find making them that much more valuable and precious.
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Post by Bookmermaid » 31 May 2018, 19:04

BookishCreature wrote:
16 Feb 2018, 14:02
Oh man, it seems like I might be the only one who really disliked this book. :/ It has the dubious honor of being the first book I've ever rated one star on OBC. My review hasn't been published yet, but the short version is that I couldn't stand the awkward dialogue, the childish behavior of the grown women in the story, and the lack of overarching conflict in the plot. Was it just me?
I have began reading this book and I am on section two but I found a significant amount of the language was quite pedantic. I could understand so far why this book may be rated as a one star.

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Post by michmc3 » 05 Jun 2018, 12:16

Shaggy-Reads wrote:
29 May 2018, 13:31
I am a country girl who ran with my dad to fish, hunt, and deal with the day to day life on the farm. Laying trout lines and fishing have always been a daddy, daughter driven event for us. Fly fishing is one area we have always spoke of learning but never have done. After reading this book, I’m more determined than ever to learn. The detailed information on fly fishing and the equipment made for a slightly slow start to the actual story but I really enjoyed the new knowledge.

In respect to the story and characters, I loved all 5 and how though they were each so different they all formed a lasting friendship. The way each was introduced along with their backstory, how they met the others, careers, and life for them in general was essential to understanding the story.

The love these characters found for each other while they enjoyed fly fishing was touching. The actual act and emotions of fishing were true to form. From catching to losing that one incredible fish felt so real. The one thing I found off was the formal dialogue and how certain things happened. Those were not as realistic or life like as they could have been.

The ending was sad and had me crying. I usually can see things coming as I read but this snuck up on me.

I would recommend this book to those who appreciate books of friendship and the endurance true friends have as life happens. True friends are hard to find making them that much more valuable and precious.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book! I enjoyed reading them. ~Michelle Cummings

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Post by michmc3 » 05 Jun 2018, 12:17

dbartondeb wrote:
29 May 2018, 08:21
I wasn't sure if I would like it or not, either. I enjoy fishing, but have never tried fly fishing. This book was stimulating and motivational. I enjoyed the book and learning about the sport along with the friends connections!
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! ~Michelle Cummings

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Post by michmc3 » 05 Jun 2018, 12:18

Echo Haapala wrote:
25 Apr 2018, 21:12
I just finished reading this book and I thought it was fascinating. I really enjoyed the characters. I think the author did a great job developing each one. She definitely made it easy to feel like I was a part of the fly fishing crew. I disliked the slow beginning and felt because there were so many viewpoints that some of the stories were a bit rushed.

I would definitely recommend this book as I believe there will be a story and stories within the pages that will resonate with everyone.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Echo! I'm glad you enjoyed the story. I hope to start working on the sequel soon! ~Michelle Cummings

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Post by michmc3 » 05 Jun 2018, 12:19

Annette Smith wrote:
27 Apr 2018, 02:01
what a great read. A reel insight into many walks of life! (see what I did there?)

I hhighly recommended it as a good solid descriptive read for all walks of life.
Love it! Thanks for sharing! ~Michelle Cummings

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Post by michmc3 » 05 Jun 2018, 12:20

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28 Apr 2018, 10:20
The reviews didn't disappoint me. This novel is really something and unique. This story broke the stereotypes, that girls can go fly fishing as well, it subtly gives it's readers a good message that regardless of gender, age culture and etc. all of us are just the same. This book also gives us a true meaning of friendship.
I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. ~Michelle Cummings

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Post by Morgan Jones » 05 Jun 2018, 13:25

I haven't read a book like this one before, so I'm a little skeptical on whether I should give it a shot or not. The mixed reviews are pushing me to read it though, since they got me really curious on how I'd view the plot. Maybe I'll give it a shot later.
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Post by ValBookReviews » 08 Jun 2018, 12:43

As per my recent published review: I've certainly read it and have discovered that this amazing fictional story, "The Reel Sisters" are totally the real deal and what a blessing they are to each other. It surely proves to me that we just never know when God will cast someone into our lives for good and not evil. I actually like how the story transcends age, gender, culture, and socioeconomic barriers, the power of women friendships that follows Rose's lifelong passion and how we too can learn a little bit about ourselves each time we might step into the river, while I also like their playful banter among them. For the most part, whether you're into 'fly fishing' or not, I surely recommend this book as it will inspire you, leave you well informed and take you on an unexpected river trail like you've never imagined. Congrats to the author for taking a venturous risk and feel free to check out the full review here -> viewtopic.php?f=2&t=71123.
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Post by anwidmer » 22 Jun 2018, 07:34

I found myself unable to get into the book as it was a very slow start, i also am not a fan of fishing in general and had read that the disceiptions of such could be overwhelmingly long and drawn out, which put me off as well. I guess im just one of those cliche people who need a book to grab me from the start

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Post by TaaraLynn » 10 Jul 2018, 12:12

So, what I gather from this book is that it focuses on strong friendships, for the most part. I love a book that focuses on that connection and the importance of it. As well as, taking its readers on that journey. Maybe even learning a bit about ourselves along the way. Even some fishing in there? Love to see how that ties into the story and friendships. Interesting. I may just read it. Seems like most enjoyed it. :techie-studyingbrown:
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Post by asere_maryanne » 08 Aug 2018, 05:08

I loved the fact that the book was full of women and also the way the story was told in the different perspective of the women. Honestly I never knew that such a sport existed, so I was enlightened.

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