|Painting by Mary Cassatt|
The thing is, I'm not "feeling" either book. One is just so far out there that I'm losing control of the story - there are so many characters that the writers seemed to have lost control themselves. The setting is great, the dialogue is authentic, but what the heck is going on? And do I even care?
As for the other, the writing is lovely. Beautiful scenes are described in breathtaking detail. And therein lies the problem - the author seems to be so transfixed by gorgeous scenes that she has forgotten to advance the plot.
The third book is an Indie read, and it is by far the best of the three. The Sable City has dependable relationships, solid characterization, and a plot that, while far-reaching, is firmly reined in so I can follow all the threads of what is happening to a cast that, while large, is centered on three MC's.
Last night, while pounding away at one of the traditionally published books described above, I gave up in disgust and returned, with a sigh of relief, to The Sable City. I'll finish the other two and write fair reviews, mentioning the plusses and minuses in greater detail.
However, I am not feeling the books that are carried in every Barnes and Noble store on my night stand. I am, however, greatly enjoying the Indie Sable city which, unbelievably, is free on Amazon. FREE.
And there you have it.