2 out of 4 stars
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“It’s very difficult these days, even to resist temptation. The women just throw it out there. Look at them! They can barely stay hidden behind their halter tops! God, there is no mystery left! No challenge in discovering what lies underneath. Give me an old fashion girl for goodness sakes!”
Hill, Chriss. Dearest To Her Heart (Kindle Locations 385-387)
Dearest to Her Heart by Chriss Hill is the use of multiple perspectives in the text. The book interweaves various intriguing narratives. One of the narratives talks about a mysterious nurse who is essentially arrested for giving away unprescribed medicines, for “God has a plan for everyone” (as the writer sardonically puts it). It also talks about Tara Reece, a woman who is a “victim” and is doomed to carry several babies. Even though Ross, her childhood friend, deeply cares for her, he doesn’t have the means to provide her with any aid. There is a parallel narrative of Daniel Cross who finds himself out of place as he is considered “old-fashioned” by the 70s women. A Royal Naval mission brings them together into one coherent narrative as Daniel, who plunges into the world New York City, finds himself connecting with both Ross and Tara. They embark upon a beautiful journey to find themselves. Will they be able to find their destiny?
This book is essentially for romance-lovers. It is a good read for someone who likes to indulge in these kinds of narratives. However, for anyone else, this book might not be the right fit. It can take hours to absorb and a quite a while to entirely digest. The writer has done a good job of dabbling with multiple narratives in a single story, but certain loopholes can be seen in the plot of the book. I felt that the writer certainly could’ve done a better job with finding a more unique story, and the plot itself can be problematic at times.
When it comes to the writing style employed by the author in the book, he doesn’t disappoint. There is a substantial amount of clarity in the way the narrative has been delineated. It can be easily understood that the author has a way with words.
While I do not generally comment on these issues (since I find them too subjective) and prefer if the reader makes his own opinion about the book, there were certain notions that were celebrated in this book that I found highly problematic. I feel that the old-fashioned talk about Daniel was an absolute put-off, and it made the characterisation seem inadequate.
For these reasons, I give this book 2 out of 4 stars. There were many places where the book lost its charm, and it was hard to stay interested.
Dearest to Her Heart
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