1 out of 4 stars
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Sometimes, relationships can falter for many reasons, whether they are known or unknown. One of the results of a poor or strained relationship is cheating. James G. Skinner understands this concept perfectly, resulting in the creation of A Clash of Conscience.
The story features Jenny, a young woman who is fresh out of college and is working as a teacher in Iran. While there, she meets Juan Miguel. She falls in love with him, and the two get married. During their marriage, Jenny and Juan Miguel move all over the world due to “business reasons”. Jenny never questioned his motives and moved with him wherever they needed to go. She learned later that he is an agent for the Spanish secret service.
Everything seems to be going well until the inevitable happens. Juan Miguel gets an incurable disease. This disease caused a severe personality change in him, and Jenny becomes heartbroken and depressed. She becomes close with Ramon, the social worker that is assigned to her and Juan Miguel’s case. What will become of her and Juan Miguel? How will Jenny and Ramon’s relationship affect Jenny’s marriage?
When I read the first twenty pages of this book, I was not impressed with the grammar. There are many errors in just those twenty pages that it was difficult to pay attention to anything else. In the Table of Contents section, Chapter 7 is missing. I also noticed that there were many instances when the wrong word was used in a sentence. An example of this is the word “new” is used in place of “knew”. The author uses many fragments throughout the book as well. Many times, I wasn’t sure what the author was referring to, because there was either no subject or no verb.
I also feel that the description of the book is misleading. The author says that it is based on Jenny’s regrets about her and Ramon’s relationship. In the first part, readers can see that Jenny is regretting her choice. But then the book goes into her marriage and adventures with Juan Miguel. The section about Jenny and Ramon is so short that I don't think that it needs to be a part of the description. I also think that the author added too many topics into one book. Removing the section about Ramon and Jenny or changing the description may have been a better option.
In its current state, I cannot recommend this book to any reader of any age. To be honest, there wasn’t anything that I could find that I enjoyed about it. Based on the grammatical errors, I do not believe that it was professionally edited. Regrettably, I rate A Clash of Conscience 1 out of 4 stars. I cannot rate it a 2 because the plot was so hard to follow, and there was so much going on that readers may not enjoy the sporadic changes throughout the book. I think that this book has potential but needs to be edited so it can have a chance to receive a higher rating.
A clash of conscience
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