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An Informal Date (Informal Romance Book 4) Kindle Edition
Kimi Fairchild is pursuing an Art Therapy degree while working as a barista at a local hospital. She takes life as it comes and has a smile for everyone who crosses her path. She’s never much cared for schedules, either…until a mysterious man starts showing up at her coffee kiosk every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at exactly 7:05 a.m.
Owen Pratt is a research scientist on the verge of obtaining FDA approval for a new cancer-fighting drug. He has limited people skills, a fondness for caffeine, and a love of strictly kept routines. He’s the antithesis of Kimi in almost every way. Something about her smile, though, keeps bringing him back for more.
How can two such different people go from a shared interest in coffee to a shared future? By getting out of God’s way and letting Him handle the details. Ha! Easier said than done.
- ASIN : B01MQHISUM
- Publisher : Ladybug Lit (11 November 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 3804 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 188 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 520,308 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 5 -- Plot has many unique elements, no major holes, and a sense of focus. Setting is clear, believable, and consistent. Oh my word! I love it. I'm always a sucker for geeky, socially awkward people falling in love, and this is a great one. A good balance of awkward interactions, confused introspection, and (mostly) confident action. It's adorable, but also has depth. So, pretty much wonderful.
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Even minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters. Owen and Kimi are very different from each other: he's logical, orderly, socially impaired, and a genius; she's a highly social, slightly unconventional, artistic person. Seeing them struggle to understand each other is interesting, and it’s rather adorable when they do start to click and can tease each other, etc. Their families are not major characters, but both Kimi and Owen clearly have loving relationships with parents and/or siblings, and turn to them for help and good advice.
Mechanics and Writing: 5 -- Few, if any, typos, punctuation issues, or word errors. (<3/100pgs) Intelligent use of POV. Skillful writing that adds to the story. Errors include: about 2 mild punctuation issues. POV alternates between Kimi and Owen.
Redeeming Value: 5 -- Well-developed, central, uplifting themes. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. Not even really mentioned. Both Owen and Kimi are generous, thoughtful people, both in their careers and their relationships. Attending church and learning how to follow Jesus more is important to them both. Kimi has concerns about starting a relationship with Owen, but while a few of her concerns are for herself, they're healthy ones, and her deepest worries are for him: will he be able to handle her less-logical approach to life without it destroying who he is and his ability to do good work? Owen shows similar concern for Kimi in his own ways. A good show of emotional and spiritual maturity from 2 very different characters.
Personal Enjoyment: 5 -- I loved it. It made me feel in all the best ways, and leaves me content and satisfied. One I'll definitely read again.
Maybe I've been a little spoiled by too much romantic suspense/romantic other-genre, but I felt a bit of a lack of conflict in this story. Aside from the issues of getting to know and understand and appreciate each other, there wasn't a whole lot of tension going on.
Probably my favorite part was the reception that Owen was forced to attend. I loved how Kimi helped him out almost without trying, but I'd have loved to have them stick around and figure out how to consciously make things work. I also appreciated Kimi's relationship with her brother, although I'd have liked to have a bit more of it.
Content--an embarrassing conversation about women's dresses and cleavage; a few kisses and the emotional experience of them; mention of Kimi's having lived in an artists' "co-op" (very few details, but the topic raises eyebrows)
I didn’t relate to Own very well, and his character seemed shallow for a long time. Near the end, however, as he focused on Kimi and her needs, he got better. The ending here was especially good, and that nearly pushed the novel to a five-star rating, but I went with what I felt about most of the novel. I didn’t see any grammatical mistakes, and that’s really refreshing. In addition, the cover goes with the novel very well - another plus. This was a high four.
It was fun to read the struggles and perseverance. I swooned with the sweet budding romance that had a chance to bloom before the book ended.
On a steaminess level I would rate this a pleasant PG.
This read is definitely repeat worthy.