Thursday, July 21, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Westmore by Carol Cassada

Release Date: April 11th, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace
Page Count: 388
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author, via Romancing the Bookin exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)

In the small town of Westmore, romance, drama, and suspense follow everyone.

Widow Charlotte Green vowed never to date again, until handsome Detective Bryant comes to her rescue.

Andrew Braxton is a powerful businessman who runs his company and family with an iron fist, which could cost him his wife and son.

After a divorce, Laura Reynolds moves back home, where she plans to start a new life, but her past soon catches up with her.

Join them and other characters as they experience love, heartache, and ups and downs in their everyday lives.
What Stephanie Thinks: Westmore is an extremely quick read; I bulldozed straight through it and didn't even have to skim. Cassada's style is simple and to-the-point. It's not particularly poetic or good, but it is very no-nonsense and fresh. The main problem with this book is that there is no plot structure. I mean, things happen, life happens, to each of the characters in the book, but there's no problem, no action, no climax, no anything. Things happen and then the book is over.

I will say I enjoyed reading it, just because of how easy it was, but by the end, I was wondering, What was the point of all 388 pages of that book? I hesitate to even call this a book; it was more like a chapter. It's a relief there will be more "books" in this series, because this one doesn't even have an proper ending. All books should at least have an ending. Don't get me wrong; the last few words are exceptionally tragic and have me hanging on a cliff, but nothing is resolved, no strings are tied; everything is just suspended in midair because there are no more pages in the book.

I, for the most part, like this book and am keen on reading the sequel. However, there is nothing profound about the writing, and there is no story. There are a bunch of stories all connected together, which is an interesting take on contemporary fiction, but it still doesn't make up for the lack of plot.

Radical Rating: 7 hearts: Not without flaws, but overall enjoyable. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥