Official Review: Storm Watch by True Kirk

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Official Review: Storm Watch by True Kirk

Post by Renu G » 26 Jun 2019, 12:42

[Following is an official review of "Storm Watch" by True Kirk.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Eunique has recently been through a divorce. With her dread for change, it is a difficult time. She had wanted it forever. One day, she is surprised by a phone call from her friend Marisa, trying to convince her to purchase a property that is beyond her means. She finally becomes the owner of Storm Watch, a bed-and-breakfast business in Brookings. It is a working woman’s dream come true. An old acquaintance, Therrin, happens to see her at the airport and follows her. Does she resemble his fiancée, Yvonne, who gave birth to Sierra? He has been heartbroken after her death in an accident and lost a battle for the custody of his daughter. As an attorney, he helps Eunique with the legalities of the deal, but she does not want a man in her life during this phase in her life.

However, she soon discovers that she has fallen in love with Therrin too. In the meanwhile, Therrin is overjoyed at being reunited with Sierra. There are twists and turns in the story, with the addition of an element of mystery. The woman is overwhelmed with threats from an unknown person, and Therrin comes to her rescue by hiring an investigator. There are so many problems that she fears losing her property. Sierra’s love brings Eunique and Therrin closer to each other.

Storm Watch by True Kirk is a relaxing fictional read about this black businesswoman in America. What I liked most is that she embraces the challenges in her life gracefully and with an open heart, despite her fear of change. It begins on a sad note but soon picks up speed and excitement, also bringing in some aspects of African culture to make it a rich and entertaining experience. As a woman, the author offers a unique flavor to the story of Eunique, the protagonist of the novel, whose character development is feminine, feminist, and artistically presented.

There are marvelous coincidences at every turn. Whenever there is a loss, something happens to bring hope. At the right moment, the right person walks into their lives to set things right. The indoor and outdoor scenes are artistic and beautiful. The story could make a good movie. My only complaint about this novel is that the names of the characters are strange and do not seem to convey their gender, thus impacting the flow of reading. One has to pause every time the name is mentioned, to connect it with the story.

I am pleased to rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The author has creatively woven the story. I found a few grammatical errors, but they seemed to have been inserted deliberately to make the dialogues sound real. There are characters with differing levels of fluency in English. I did not award it 4 stars because the first part of the novel was slow and confusing. It later became interesting. I comprehended it better when I read it a second time. It will appeal to men and women who wish to refresh themselves after a tiring day. Women who are ambitious about their careers and love family life will enjoy reading the story.

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Post by Magnify3 » 28 Jun 2019, 01:55

Thanks for the review and great job! I can see myself reading this book!

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Post by LeeleeByoma » 28 Jun 2019, 06:31

This book sounds absolutely delicious. The infusion of African culture is always a win. Thanks for this review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 28 Jun 2019, 08:53

Interesting that this is listed under non-fiction. It sounds interesting; I love the idea of her getting a bed and breakfast. However, it's not a genre I normally read. Thanks, though!
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Post by Letora » 28 Jun 2019, 10:15

I've read similar books but having the African culture added in would be a new twist. Were the names traditional African names? I could see how that might cause confusion. I struggle with cultural names sometimes just because I'm not used to them. Were there any nicknames used that could help? Thank you for your review!
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Post by kdstrack » 28 Jun 2019, 13:03

The unfamiliar names struck me also. At first I read Enrique - until I saw you said it was "her". Then I saw that it seems like the author has spelled 'unique' in a creative way. Either way, these are unfamiliar names and readers would have a difficult time relating to them. I enjoyed your insightful comments! Thanks.

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Post by Shadiid » 30 Jun 2019, 04:16

Wow this book can be an encouraging piece to someone facing similar situations, divorce ,threats or loss of property and money. I feel like the woman is very strong yet has her weaknesses and this review has successfully portrayed that.

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Post by lucia_kizas » 30 Jun 2019, 07:13

kdstrack wrote:
28 Jun 2019, 13:03
The unfamiliar names struck me also. At first I read Enrique - until I saw you said it was "her". Then I saw that it seems like the author has spelled 'unique' in a creative way. Either way, these are unfamiliar names and readers would have a difficult time relating to them. I enjoyed your insightful comments! Thanks.
That is exactly what happened to me :) I read Enrique, and had to reread the name once I learned Eunique was a woman :)

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Post by Janalyn101 » 30 Jun 2019, 10:10

With the things people or naming their children these days I don’t see how the name unique throws anyone off. That is the only abnormal name I saw. In any event I love African-American books. Having lived in a very multi cultural neighborhood for over 20 years abnormal names or normal to me and my children. I hope I can get through the part that you said was confusing, because I would like to read this book. If it is half as good as your review I’m sure I’m going to love it as this was a really good review! Again, thanks for the great review! :tiphat:

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Post by Wambui-nj » 03 Jul 2019, 14:04

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the review.

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