Monday, December 11, 2017

Moving On by Trisha Grace

Please note that since reading this book it has become book one of the Ghosts of the Past Series.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have a lot of reasons why I love this book. First, it's a real romance. Many books in the "romance" category read like they are bad porn scripts. This is a romance. Tyler and Kate are thrown together in a very bizarre turn of events but eventually learn to wok through their differences. The initial premise is a little far-fetched but it's still believable in a fictional setup. The authors writing style and ability to weave a story carry you through the story. I read this in about 3 days as I was completely sucked in as Tyler and Kate tried to make sense of the situation they found themselves in.

Second, this book is billed as a Christian Romance. That said, it does not have the issues that most books under this heading do. This was obviously written as a romance with a Christian character, not as a book that was designed to convert people or preach the Christian lifestyle. In fact, some sections were surprising considering Kate's beliefs and what I know of the religion.

Third, all the characters had definite personalities and the story has several subplots to keep things interesting. While Tyler and Kate are the focus of the book, it's easy to see where future books of the series could be centered on other characters and their relationships. It was interesting to wonder which of the characters would be the next focus and how their story might go. Reader's don't have to wait long as there is a blurb from the next book after the epilogue.

As much as I loved the story, there were a few issues as well. The biggest one is that some of the subplots are not wrapped up. Loose ends and cliffhangers are a big pet peeve.of mine. Having something end with "oh well there's nothing we can do." after having it be a major plot point is annoying. I found myself wondering if the same plot point would come up again in future books or if this particular situation would be something that would continue to haunt Tyler and Kate as they moved forward. Because all of the characters are close it's not possible to have any additional books without Tyler and Kate in them, and you have to wonder if their friend's stories will be impacted because of the unresolved storylines in Tyler and Kates story.

Overall I really enjoyed the book. I considered purchasing the next one in the series but the unfinished plot and the excerpt - which started with a well-defined character acting very unlike the character that was developed in the first one - has put me off.