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Stephen made the decision not to follow in the footsteps of his drunken, uncaring father. Because their mother passed away while giving birth to him, Stephen was branded a killer not just by his father but also by his siblings. He lived in his imagination and wrote down his thoughts because he had nothing and no one to turn to. That was the only thing that kept him going. He had aspirations of being a famous and published author. After graduating from high school, he moved out on his own and, in accordance with a long-term plan with his friend Ben, they rented an apartment. With a man by the name of Jenkins, they accepted jobs at construction sites. Following Stephen's encounter with Julie, they both fell in love. Rich-homebred Julie resolved to forego her studies in order to be with Stephen. They both get married, but the big question is whether Stephen can lead a better life with his new bride than his father did with him and his siblings. Or is he going to take after his father? Grab a copy to find out.
The Rock at the Bottom: Lorna and Tristan Series #3 by Cynthia Hilston is a work of romantic fiction, and despite being the third in the series, it can be read as a standalone. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Through the use of extremely detailed descriptions, the author was able to bring the characters to life. The narrative of the novel was told from the first person's point of view, namely Stephen's. The correct number and sequence of characters were appropriately and timely introduced. The lines in this novel flowed easily, and I had the impression that I was inside Stephen's head the entire time.
Everything in this book seemed to fit together, so I couldn't think of anything I didn't like. The author employed a satisfying amount of suspense, as I kept guessing the next thing that might happen. Despite being fictional, there are many life lessons in this novel, and I've chosen two: the first is to not let other people's opinions of me define or control me, and the second is to learn to let go of both past wrongs and the individuals who caused those wrongs. In this work, the author also used humor, and I found myself grinning at a few of the quips. Since Stephen was able to make jokes and defuse the tension despite the difficulties he was going through, he was my favorite character.
This book was professionally edited, as evidenced by the fact that I only found four errors in it. As a result, I would rate this book five out of five stars. I can't think of any reason to give this book a lower rating because I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book contained strong language as well.
Therefore, fans of romance literature, both young readers and adults who don't find the use of strong language unsettling, should read this novel.
The Rock at the Bottom
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