1 out of 4 stars
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Misty’s Blues, written by Penny Glover, is a novel that focuses on a mother and daughter, Heather and Misty, who are struggling to make peace with themselves and with their extended family. Heather has lived a wild and promiscuous life that has brought her nothing but trouble and strife. On top of that, she abandoned her little daughter and left her with nothing.
Misty struggled to survive on her own, but with some support, she found a way to live a decent life. Now, as a strong young woman, she has to decide whether to forgive her mother or not. Her mother’s family is also desperate to meet her after so many years apart. But can she forget everything and rejoin the family as though nothing had happened? You have to read the book to find out.
All in all, Misty’s Blues started strong, and I especially enjoyed the poem included at the beginning of the book. There were also some twists and turns that made the plot more interesting. Nevertheless, I had several issues with the book that detracted from my reading experience.
First, there were several sentences that were awkward to read. These sentences were often confusing, and I had to reread them to fully grasp what the author was trying to say. Take, for example, the following sentence: "In fact, she has gotten herself in a heap of trouble telling other guys girlfriends that the baby is their boyfriend’s.”
Second, I found it difficult to enjoy the narration of the story in the third person. The narration lacked some form of grace and sophistication that I often struggled to get through the reading. The following scene from the book would explain my point perfectly: "She pulls back and tells him to leave her alone. Jonathan is upset now that Madison has disrespected him. He takes his hand and slaps her across the face.”
Third, there were more errors in the book than I could count. Most of these errors were petty but detracted greatly from my reading experience. For example, several conversations in the book had missing quotation marks, making it difficult to distinguish between when a character was speaking and when the author was narrating the story. The most frustrating experience for me was the conversation between several characters in chapter nine, where I struggled profoundly to follow the conversation and was even more perplexed when the name of one of the characters speaking was omitted.
All things considered, I rate Misty’s Blues 1 out of 4 stars. Although I enjoyed the beginning of the book, the rest of it failed to live up to expectations. Further, I found more than ten errors in it and do not believe it was professionally edited. There were also strong vulgar language and erotic scenes in it.
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