Though Rafe dreads his blind date, meeting Patty is a catalyst for many positive changes in his life; he also changes Patty's negative view of men, and introduces her to Christian faith -- but their love is tested when Patty decides a disturbing dream is prophetic.
(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: 3 -- Plot mixes cliche/overly convenient with unique/interesting. Includes a handful of scenes that pull away from the main focus. Plot points in sub-plots are dropped or not resolved. Setting (including timeline) is somewhat unclear or inconsistent. There wasn't a whole lot to the plot for much of the book--just 2 slightly odd people finding they love each other. I rather liked that part. Because the last third or so definitely had conflict, but it was bizarre and somewhat illogical, based on a dream, other people's' outright lies, a series of misunderstandings, and poor timing. Which all abruptly came to a head, and then the book ended. It didn't feel quite finished, and I was left slightly disappointed. The setting is given vaguely: some New England city. And the timeline gets a little hard to follow when they start leaping weeks here and there.
Characters: 3 -- Main characters are mostly relatable, realistic, interesting, and/or dynamic. Minor characters and villains are almost exclusively stereotyped or simplified. Relationships between characters are not especially well developed, but what is there is generally good. It was clear that both Rafe and Patty (especially Patty) had pain in their past that was shaping how they lived. But that pain largely just disappears as they fall in love, which not only didn't feel especially realistic to me, but also felt like a missed opportunity for some deeper character development. I think all the other characters are basically stereotypes, even if they are sometimes fun ones. The inclusion of the pets' POVs made them seem like characters, which was a little odd, and didn't really lend much to the story as far as I'm concerned.
Mechanics and Writing: 2.75 -- Frequent typos, punctuation issues, and word errors. (>30/100 pgs) Some of the errors are mildly confusing. Generally solid use of POV, with a few errors or oddities. Average writing, with strong parts and parts that struggle. Errors include: compound word and/or homophone confusion, slightly confusing punctuation or formatting issues, mild typos. POV alternates Rafe and Patty, with some Wormil (his pet weasel), some Derrick, and at least once the lab rat X35.
Redeeming Value: 4.3 -- Incidental uplifting themes or lessons. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. No explicit sex scenes. Clear moral guidelines for behavior. Definitely a clean book, and Rafe makes it clear that although he's very attracted to Patty, his faith and morals mean he plans to wait for marriage to have sex. And as Patty comes to faith through Rafe's influence and the messages she hears at his church, she soon agrees with him. Some subtle lessons on healthy living (touching on physical, mental, and spiritual health). Also the contrast between Rafe, who doesn't broadcast his relative wealth, and Derrick, who likes to flaunt what he has, in several ways. The whole possibly-prophetic dream thing is left unclear, though, and there are some lies that aren't really cleared up, which is a bit disappointing.
Personal Enjoyment: 2.75 -- I liked it. It was enjoyable and entertaining. Not one I plan to re-read.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 598 KB
- Print Length: 334 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CD46KNG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 12 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #842,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)