What could be more peaceful than a small town nestled in the plush and picturesque Appalachian foothills along the Ohio River? Seemingly nothing unless you actually live in such a place and experience the incestuous nature of the meddling, gossip, and desire that can fester there.
Abby Lane has cornered the market on virtue in her small town, yet there are forces that want to take that innocence away from her. Unfortunately, the depths of deception, often undetected by the pure of heart can be harmful to the unsuspecting soul.
As an English teacher, dreamer and hopeless idealist Abby immerses herself in romantic fiction to fill the void in her reality. There is one author in particular who speaks directly to her heart and she foolishly makes him the model lover by whom all suitors are to be judged. When others try to bridge that gap, idyllic small town America becomes a mysterious place to be.
A Novel Obsession is a great mix of Mystery, Suspense, Intrigue, and romance. It will answer the question:
Is it possible for two people to fall in love having never met?
Worldbuilding: The setting of the story is in the quaint little town of Shadyhill, Ohio. I definitely felt the little town vibe from the story but I really enjoyed it.
Characters: The main characters were interesting. There were of course the main hero and heroine, Daniel and Abby respectively, and then secondary characters that seemed like main characters to me: Beau, Bill, and Julie. With the exception of Daniel, honestly all the men in the story sucked!! They were all very shady and deceitful. Abby is a romantic at heart and above all else wants to find a love that is worthwhile. Julie is Abby’s best friend and wants nothing but the best for her. I liked Abby and Julie’s relationship. They were probably the only characters I liked besides Daniel!
Plot: The plot was pretty crazy! You think you’re being taken on this romantic love story ride but honestly you get caught up in this crazy plot that takes you on a completely different journey. This ended up being a more suspense type thriller book than a romance one in my opinion. It also ends on a cliff hanger that has me dying to know the rest of the story! The story was kind of fast paced and I would have liked more of a resolution in the end but it gave way for a second story so it works out.
Writing: The story was written in third person point of view of multiple characters. The point of view switched frequently between Abby, Daniel, Julie, Beau, and Bill. There were also some minor characters that had points of view in the story as well. It was kind of jarring since there was no definite telling that the point of view had shifted but it didn’t inhibit my ability to read the story.
Curb Appeal: The cover is definitely interesting! I don’t think I’ve seen a cover that had transparent people on it before. But it does make sense after you read the story and I really like the concept of it!! The blurb is pretty spot on and what initially piqued my interest.
Ultimately: This novel had me rooting for Abby and Daniel’s happily ever after!! I was invested in their meeting and hoping that everything would work out for the best. Some characters made me want to beat them to death but they did add an interesting element to the story. If you’re in the mood for a series read that will have your heart in your throat and begging for the next installment, come and check out A Novel Obsession!!
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