Official Review: Cobwebs of Youth by Rose Auburn

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Official Review: Cobwebs of Youth by Rose Auburn

Post by Cecilia_L » 26 Jul 2018, 16:45

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Cobwebs of Youth" by Rose Auburn.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Rose Auburn’s contemporary novel Cobwebs of Youth is a beautifully written coming-of-age romance that spans ten years in the life of Lara Cassidy, set in the charming suburbs of London.

The story begins on Lara’s eighteenth birthday. She is shattered after learning that her father whom she has always put on a pedestal has remarried just six weeks after divorcing her mother. When Lara realizes he intends to celebrate her birthday with his young French wife, she is outraged and leaves, vowing never to see him again. Little did she realize, it would be the last time she saw her father alive.

Later the same night while Lara is at a pub drowning her sorrows with her friend Jen, she meets a mysterious older man to whom she feels an attraction. When she asks him to buy her a drink, he realizes she is already intoxicated and offers her a glass of water instead. Insulted that his response to her flirtations is more protective than romantic, Lara is embarrassed and in her vulnerable state, also insulted. Even so, she is intrigued. Not knowing his name, she mentally nicknames him Bikerman because of the leather motorcycle jacket he wears.

Ten years later after her father dies, Lara inherits his house and is living there and working as a children’s book illustrator. She is in a relationship with Ed, a successful attorney who is more often than not, distracted by his work. Though her mother and friends insist Ed is right for her, Lara grows increasingly discontent with the relationship. Her thoughts frequently drift back in time to the intriguing stranger she met all those years ago. She finally ends the relationship with Ed and during a night out with friends, returns to the pub where she originally met Bikerman. Once again, their paths cross. This time they are properly introduced and she learns his name is Rob. They begin spending time together and a relationship like none Lara has ever known develops.

When it comes to romantic novels, I rarely feel compelled to binge-read. However, once I picked up this book, I could barely put it down. Auburn’s characters are refreshingly relatable. The dialogue-driven content was so realistic, that I often felt I was listening to Lara’s conversation with her friends in the same room rather than reading a book. I also particularly enjoyed watching Lara’s confidence grow as she blossomed in both her professional and personal life. That’s not to say that once she met Rob that everything fell into place. As Lara stepped out of her comfort zone to embrace changes that evolved from her new romance, her friendship with Jen became strained. The conflicts that she faced with her mother, friends, and the men in her life were realistically portrayed. I also found her struggle with unresolved father issues after his death stirring and quite believable. Auburn kept the story engaging by skillfully balancing Lara’s passion for her career with her relationships and her own self-discovery.

I noted several grammatical errors but I honestly cannot provide an example of anything that detracted from my reading pleasure. I wholeheartedly rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to readers who appreciate empowering coming-of-age stories featuring strong female characters, as well as fans of romantic novels. As intimate scenes are seductive but not explicit, and I didn’t notice any instances of profanity, it may also appeal to a young adult/teen audience. This book probably isn’t for fans of racy romance novels or erotica.

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Post by Fuzaila » 28 Jul 2018, 02:52

This book sounds so intriguing! Although, breaking up with Ed because of she couldn't get past the thoughts of a stranger she only met once, seems unrealistic. But the story as a whole is compelling.Thank you for your review.
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Post by kelvinmwaniki17 » 28 Jul 2018, 04:16

This review was intriguing and easy to understand. It made me want to read the book even more.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 28 Jul 2018, 06:33

Thank you for a detailed summary. I was 100% hooked up and I would love to know what happened next. Hope I get a chance to read it. Thank you for your review!
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Post by Cecilia_L » 28 Jul 2018, 07:00

Fuzaila wrote:
28 Jul 2018, 02:52
This book sounds so intriguing! Although, breaking up with Ed because of she couldn't get past the thoughts of a stranger she only met once, seems unrealistic. But the story as a whole is compelling.Thank you for your review.
My impression was that she had been unhappy with Ed for other reasons detailed in the plot. Thank you for your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 28 Jul 2018, 07:01

kelvinmwaniki17 wrote:
28 Jul 2018, 04:16
This review was intriguing and easy to understand. It made me want to read the book even more.
Thank you. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 28 Jul 2018, 07:03

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
28 Jul 2018, 06:33
Thank you for a detailed summary. I was 100% hooked up and I would love to know what happened next. Hope I get a chance to read it. Thank you for your review!
Thank you, Sahani. I hope you enjoy it!

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Post by crediblereading2 » 28 Jul 2018, 11:10

Thank you for your review of this book. It has already captivated my attention, therefore, I will add to shelf later.

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Post by Jonida » 28 Jul 2018, 11:39

It seems such an interesting story. I love the books where the main character is strong enough to face the struggles. And I'm happy Lara found the man of her life.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 28 Jul 2018, 12:58

I love realistic dialogue. I've found with a lot of the books I've been reading lately that the dialogue is just weird. When you can't picture people talking to each other in real life, it makes the read strained.
This is a great review, thanks so much!
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Post by Cecilia_L » 28 Jul 2018, 13:06

crediblereading2 wrote:
28 Jul 2018, 11:10
Thank you for your review of this book. It has already captivated my attention, therefore, I will add to shelf later.
Thanks for reading my review and for your comment. Enjoy the book!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 28 Jul 2018, 13:07

Jonida wrote:
28 Jul 2018, 11:39
It seems such an interesting story. I love the books where the main character is strong enough to face the struggles. And I'm happy Lara found the man of her life.
I agree. Thanks for your comment!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 28 Jul 2018, 13:09

Bianka Walter wrote:
28 Jul 2018, 12:58
I love realistic dialogue. I've found with a lot of the books I've been reading lately that the dialogue is just weird. When you can't picture people talking to each other in real life, it makes the read strained.
This is a great review, thanks so much!
I agree with your thoughts on realistic dialogue, Bianka which is one of the reasons I loved this book so much. Thank you for your encouraging comment!

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Post by kandscreeley » 28 Jul 2018, 19:04

This sounds a bit more complicated than just a typical romance. The characters and relationships sound complex and fascinating. Thanks for a great review, but this just isn't my genre.
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Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 28 Jul 2018, 20:57

Sounds like my kind of read. The book grabbed my attention, and I already added it to my shelf. Thanks for the nice review.

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