Official Review: Dearest to Her Heart by Chriss Hill

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Official Review: Dearest to Her Heart by Chriss Hill

Post by 420waystoreachthesun » 20 Jul 2018, 02:06

[Following is an official review of "Dearest to Her Heart" by Chriss Hill.]
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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.

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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 22 Jul 2018, 02:53

IIII'm just gonna go ahead and assume that the problematic notions you're talking about here include sexism (from the little excerpt you provided). :P Thank you for the heads' up--I probably won't read this book, but I liked your review! :)

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Post by Dahmy 10 » 22 Jul 2018, 06:24

Beautiful review, thank you. These issues are truly subjective..

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Post by Cecilia_L » 22 Jul 2018, 15:29

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.
Based on your candid review, I probably fall into the category above. :wink: Thanks for a great review!

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Post by KING FRANKLIN » 23 Jul 2018, 06:43

Okay I don't think I'll enjoy this book. I won't read it. Thanks for being honest in your review.

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Post by AmySmiles » 23 Jul 2018, 14:48

I can tell by reading your review that this book is not for me, at least, not right now. I have no patience to read something that will take hours to absorb. I appreciate your honest review.
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Post by Rosemary Khathibe » 24 Jul 2018, 04:42

Based on your review, the book doesn't fit in to my choice of interest when it comes to the romance genre. Thanks for the great review.

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Post by Jonida » 26 Jul 2018, 16:41

I like romance genre, but your review makes me leave this book aside.

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Post by Amy+++ » 27 Jul 2018, 02:02

Sounds like a boring read almost. It's great that there are multiple stories and that they come together eventually, but it just sounds slow. I love romance novels and all but this one might be a bit to slow for me. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Dragonfly6 » 27 Jul 2018, 11:25

I was a little confused by the description of the multiple narratives and while you explain that it all comes together, I can tell this is not my cup of tea. I appreciate your review so I know that. Thanks!
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Post by booklysis » 30 Jul 2018, 00:24

The name touched my heart but after reading the review I am unable to digest it!

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Post by tanya_bagga1 » 31 Jul 2018, 09:11

Although the book may not be appealing to everybody but i would definitely like to read the book because I personally like reading romantic books. So looking forward to read the book.

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Post by Joy sunday » 31 Jul 2018, 18:39

Nice book, i like romantic books but this one is kinda odd

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Post by teacherjh » 21 Aug 2018, 11:04

I love the opening quote.

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Post by 420waystoreachthesun » 26 Aug 2018, 11:11

Thank you so much!

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