Official Review: Finding James by Nancy Blaha

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Official Review: Finding James by Nancy Blaha

Post by kdstrack » 29 Sep 2019, 11:39

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Finding James" by Nancy Blaha.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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After eight years of marriage, Dan knew almost nothing about Karen’s past. When Karen received a phone call notifying her about her father’s fragile health, she returned to her childhood home to be with her ailing father. Later, Dan arrived unannounced to offer Karen moral support. Things started to unravel as other people began to fill in the details about Karen’s past. Why had Karen never told Dan about James? Why didn’t he know that James was her brother, her twin, her dead twin? Dan learned many new things about Karen. Even more peculiar is what Karen discovered about James after all these years.

Some events are so traumatic that they leave us emotionally paralyzed. We watch others around us grow and change, but that specific memory seems to have rooted us firmly in the past. That vivid memory blocks emotional progress. Karen experienced this in Finding James by Nancy Blaha. This novel is classified under the genre of other fiction. It explored how the family and the community were affected by the death of a young person. The author invited readers to consider how different people handled this type of tragedy. I thought the author presented these different perspectives in a thoughtful way. Even so, some sensitive readers might feel overwhelmed by this theme.

I especially enjoyed the character development in this novel. Karen grew and matured throughout the story as she vacillated between confronting her past or running away from it. Secondary characters developed as readers observed how their present lives contrasted with immature actions and attitudes from the past.

The author used the characters’ memories of James to move the story forward. What would happen if Karen found James' hidden diary? Would her mother be able to handle the revelation of James' innermost thoughts?

The pacing of the story was extraordinary and kept me turning the pages. The author had me engrossed from the first pages of the book. I wanted to find out more details about Karen’s past and what had happened to James. Dan and Karen’s marital difficulties kept me wondering if their marriage would survive. Would Joey, Karen’s high school flame, succeed in wooing her away from Dan?

The only thing that affected my enjoyment of this book was the grammar and punctuation errors. These consisted primarily of missing periods, commas, and quotation marks. If you were reading the book for entertainment, you might not even notice them. The lack of profanity and sexual content significantly increased my level of satisfaction with this book.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The story line, character development, themes, and dialogues all came together to keep me glued to the pages of this book. This book would appeal to readers who enjoy stories about relationships. The author highlights the themes of family, dysfunctional relationships, death of a child, secrets in a marriage, divorce, and even a bit of fantasy. Without the errors, I would not hesitate to raise the rating of this book to the full four stars.

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Post by Hannalore » 30 Sep 2019, 10:51

This sounds like an amazing and thrilling book to read. Thanks for the comprehensive review.

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Post by Michelle Fred » 30 Sep 2019, 12:01

I like the themes the book explores, though I 'm most curious about James' diary and what it contains. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by rumik » 30 Sep 2019, 16:37

Sounds like a compelling mystery. I wouldn't mind trying this one out. Thanks for the review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 30 Sep 2019, 19:15

It sounds like there are a lot of secrets I'm this book. Secrets are a great way to get people to continue reading the book. Hopefully the author can fix all the errors you mention. Thanks!
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Post by Helene_2008 » 30 Sep 2019, 19:37

Sounds like a really interesting book. I just finished a book about the death of a young person in a small town. It's interesting to see how people handle it and everyone wants someone to blame. Thank you for the review.

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Post by Meg98 » 30 Sep 2019, 21:15

This sounds like a well-written, emotional read. I really am interested to read this one. It is a shame about the editing though. Thanks for this compelling review! Cheers:)
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Post by spluficvictory » 01 Oct 2019, 03:41

A dysfunctional family relationship filled with secrets of the past and present, all wrapped up in a fast-paced novel, is something that I'll definitely want to read. This book sounds like an interesting one. Thank you for the review đź‘Ť

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Post by esp1975 » 01 Oct 2019, 10:53

This sounds like an incredibly emotional book to read. I could definitely see it being hard to get through given the subject matter, but also such a true to life tale that it is one I would want to read.

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Post by Tomah » 01 Oct 2019, 11:39

Confronting one's past and growing past traumas is never an easy thing to do, which is why it's such a rich subject in fiction. It's too bad about the errors, but I'm willing to disregard them if the novel is as good as it sounds. Thanks for the review!

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Post by gen_g » 01 Oct 2019, 15:01

It's always a pity when we have to take a star off because of the grammar errors, since they could be easily prevented with editing. Still, this sounds like a deep read that one can learn much from. Thank you for the insightful review!

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Post by unamilagra » 01 Oct 2019, 18:59

I like when there is a mystery added to books that are primarily dramatic. It sounds like this one explores some heavy topics that I'm sure many can relate to. Great review!

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Post by Samy Lax » 02 Oct 2019, 02:11

It is always great to learn about a book that is difficult to put down. I am reading a work of fiction currently that seems to have a similar plot line and I found it to be fascinating. I'll surely add this one to my to-read list. Thanks for a wonderful review!
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Post by kdstrack » 02 Oct 2019, 20:04

Hannalore wrote: ↑
30 Sep 2019, 10:51
This sounds like an amazing and thrilling book to read. Thanks for the comprehensive review.
I loved this author! I hope you will have a chance to read this book. Once you start, it is hard to put down! Thanks for stopping by.

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Post by kdstrack » 02 Oct 2019, 20:15

Michelle Fred wrote: ↑
30 Sep 2019, 12:01
I like the themes the book explores, though I 'm most curious about James' diary and what it contains. Thanks for sharing.
The diary is an enigma used skillfully by the author to create suspense and to satisfy inquiries. It was an intriguing aspect of the story. Thanks for commenting.

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