My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Holy cuteness, Batman! I got this book for free on Amazon, and it just sat on my Kindle for almost a year! I read the Where Love Begins series, and already read the first two books in the Walker Family series before remembering I had this. I don't know how, but I missed that the Ava in the Walker Family books is THAT Ava. *facepalm*. back to this book, though. Seth and Ava's is the best story I've read in months! I felt an instant kinship with Ava, being a bit of a football-loving tomboy myself, and I loved the e-mail relationship of sassy arguments between her and Seth. I admired Seth's loyalty and commitment, even if he almost took it too far. Great read that I'm sure to pick up again one of these days!
This is a perfect quick read, but you may want to read the preceding Whisper Shore novels first. It'll make this book richer and avoid spoilers for the previous story lines.
*Free book, but only available in digital format*
Ava was great. I love the feisty tomboy aspect of her. The relationship between Ava and Seth is really well done, giving them a rich history with their constant bickering. Seth is wonderful. He's very masculine, but also feels extremely real. Both characters progressed through their struggles and learn throughout the book making them rounded and enjoyable.
My Character Inspirations
|Jake Gyllenhaal as Seth Walker|
|Caity Lotz as Ava Bentley|
Again, if you haven't read the Whisper Shore novels by Melissa Tagg, you may want to do so before reading this book; otherwise you'll get ahead of yourself and it won't be quite as fantastic when you read the books for the first time. The last chapter plays out like a perfect movie scene. The plot never drags or rushes (a difficult accomplishment for a novella), but really paces right on a great timeline that will keep you riveted.
Maple Valley, Iowa is perfectly picturesque and quirky. You get glimpses of the town and the great small-town feel of modern America. Scene descriptions paint beautiful pictures of the environment and even the destruction . There are also references to Whisper Shore, Michigan and Minnesota Tech.
"One year and 1,473 emails later" I absolutely love the introduction to their story. The writing is a mixture of natural narration and e-mails sent back and forth. The author smoothly pairs the two styles together to create a fun feel to the story. Her snarky, quick wit with just the right amount of sarcasm and sass makes her characters thoroughly entertaining.
Knowing when to let go and when to hold on. Compensating for a background of people who don't know how to stick around, Seth almost takes it to the extreme opposite in his dedication and loyalty. Ava has been holding on to a dream for almost as long as she can remember, but when doors keep closing, she's forced to see that maybe she was holding on to one thing, when God has something better for her. Case Walker is a wonderful supporting character, full of wisdom that he gently doles out to his loved ones.
Happy Memorial Day everyone!
Memorial Day is always one that brings out conflicting emotions in me because of the sacrifice of soldiers who gave their all to defend our country, but also because I know that they would want us to enjoy the freedoms that they fought so hard for. They are not forgotten. I am so thankful for each and every person who has put my freedoms before their own lives. For those of you who have lost someone in the service, I am so very sorry. I hope that God fills you up with peace and joy as you depend on him to get through the hard times.
Today I plan to celebrate the lives of fallen soldiers in thanks for all that they have done. Thanks for stopping by. See you next time!