3 out of 4 stars
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For the Love of Beth by Steven Anthony Bartlett is listed under the genre of C/T/M/H. It is a thrilling story of love and mystery, deception and hope. It takes place in London and Scotland.
Isaac Montgomery worked as a stockbroker, making money hand-over-fist and spending it just as fast. Wealth afforded him many privileges, but it couldn’t satisfy the emptiness he felt in his heart. He watched as his friends married loving spouses and purchased homes, and he felt a strange pining in his heart. He realized that his desire for a family was stronger than his love for money. He left his job in London and moved to Scotland.
Isaac was on a journey to discover his true self. He acquired a small apartment and a job in a bar. One day, his heart stopped when a beautiful girl stood before him. Beth had a tragic past, and Isaac worked hard to woo her and win her heart. Shortly after beginning to date Beth, Isaac learned that his mother was dying. He returned to London and held her hand as she revealed an unthinkable secret about Isaac’s past. How will this astonishing confession affect his future? Will it hinder his relationship with Beth? Is someone stalking him?
For the Love of Beth is the first book of the Isaac Montgomery series. I loved the story line of this book and appreciated the limited number of characters. The character development of both Isaac and Beth is another strong point of the book. In the beginning, Isaac is a young man immersed in the fast life of easy money. A change of attitude motivates him to achieve higher values. Beth also developed from a woman lost in hurt and self-pity into an outgoing and optimistic person. It was enjoyable and refreshing to see these characters emerge with an entirely new perspective on life that focused more on others than on self.
I didn’t like the numerous grammar errors I noted in the book. Misspelled words, name changes, and incorrect verb tense changes appear throughout the entire text. Sentences like, “He decided to tell that that he is overwhelmed,” and “you has turned me,” slowed down the reading pace.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Had it not been for the numerous grammatical errors, I would have been happy to award this book a four. Isaac’s change of perspective, his beautiful romance with Beth, and the mystery from his past intertwined to create an exciting and intriguing story. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, and that might frustrate readers who prefer tidy endings. Fans of mystery, romance, and adventure will be happy to add this book to their shelves. In spite of the grammar errors, I am anxious to read the rest of the series.
Issac Montgomery for the Love of Beth
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