3 out of 4 stars
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DR Adventures of JJ and Sophie is the second book in Thomas Armstrong McMurray's An Immigrant Series, and it continues the story of JJ. This is a review based on no prior knowledge of book one.
JJ returned home to Ireland from Canada after a long while due to familial reasons. What challenges would he face in his transition? Would he be up to the task of helping in his father's business?
The book title could be misleading. Before I opened the book, I expected "adventures," according to the book's title. I was surprised to see that most of the scenes were bland. It was just mundane daily activities with little to no excitement. I was looking for life-threatening situations and heroic rescues, but sadly this was not that kind of book.
The book's central plot was focused on sales and business, which wouldn't make for an exciting read except for a specific niche of readers. It left no room for the imagination because it was predictable. Also, I felt Sophie was sidelined in this book, even when she was supposed to make a dynamic duo with JJ. Well, the ending showed that Sophie's involvement could be more in subsequent books.
A positive appeal for me was the humanity portrayed. JJ's character was emulation-worthy because of his business savvy and compassion for those who worked for and with him. His love for rugby was shown; he was ready to fill in for his local team at a moment's notice. He was a significant linchpin in some of their league success.
The concept of family bonding was shown, as the book was family-driven. Family was one of the reasons he came back home. In the book, JJ's family dynamics were vivid. His love life also showed men's ignorance about women's affairs, but still, they would be willing to make the necessary sacrifice for it to work. The normalcy of it made it much more relatable.
The author's writing style was more narrational than conversational, explaining things outrightly and not prolonging details with simple, unambiguous words. It made for easy understanding. I found a few minor errors. Although DR Adventures of JJ and Sophie didn't meet my expectations in some areas, I loved its simplicity. I'd rate it 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend it to lovers of business-themed books. There were no profanities and graphic scenes, so teenagers interested in business-related books could also be inclined to read DR Adventures of JJ and Sophie.
DR adventures of JJ and Sophie
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