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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