Book Review–Isla and The Happily-Ever-After by Stephanie Perkins

As a writer of romantic fiction, I’m always looking for something great to read. I’ve read a Stephanie Perkins’ book before and enjoyed both the quality of her writing and her characters.

I purchased Isla and The Happily-Ever-After having read and enjoyed the sample. This story follows teenaged Isla into the boarding school world of the kids of the rich or fairly-well-off. Although her father is American, Isla’s mother is from France. For that reason, it seems only natural that Isla and her sisters should attend a boarding school in Paris before heading off to college.

Like most have found themselves doing at one time or another, Isla is crushing big-time on Josh, a boy that also attends her school. She has a close friendship with another guy, Kurt, who just happens be autistic. This friendship is so connected and they hang together so much that Josh initially assumes Isla and Kurt are a couple. They aren’t, but they have a strong friendship.

I suppose I must admit that both as a writer and a therapist, I’m pretty sensitive about how accurately characters are portrayed. If their actions don’t follow what has been set out in their characters, I have a hard time getting sucked into a story. Ms. Perkins does a great job of this. She draws her characters very well and defines them in their setting. She does both a great job of conveying a teen comfortable in Paris and Europe and teens living in a boarding school that caters to ex-pats.

I found myself lost in the story of Isla and Josh’s growing love and in the events that led to their estrangement. I also could believe how they found one another again. The sisters’ reconnection was well done as was the character of Kurt.

In recommending this book to a friend, I would say the writing is great and the characterization done well.

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Getting My Ducks In A Row…Or At Least In The Same Pond

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We All Need Fun!

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New Language; Same Me–Writing Amish Romance

So, here I slog away writing my first series of Amish Christian Romances and I’m having fun doing it, despite the challenges of using words from a different language and writing stories in a different culture. It may seem that having written 25+ books of steamy contemporary romance, this Amish gig would be very foreign. It’s not.… Continue Reading

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Book Review: The Magic Of Christmas by Trisha Ashley

I write steamy contemporary romance and contemporary Amish romance, but I enjoy reading all kinds of things. Several years ago, I ran across Trisha Ashley’s Chocolate Wishes and enjoyed it, so looked forward to dipping into another of her works. The Magic of Christmas is charming in many ways. Ms. Ashley writes about cooking with… Continue Reading

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Trying Not To Bully

I’m trying not be a road bully. I drive a little yellow Honda S2000 roadster that can tear past most vehicles in a flash. It’s agile and incredibly fast and I love it almost as much as my beloved mate and my two daughters. My eldest daughter calls it–and the black S2000 that preceded it–my “spirit… Continue Reading

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My Trauma–Wearing The Wrong Skin

I totally get that most of you don’t get the way I feel about my car. I love it. I love driving it. It is agile and fast. Far more of both than am I. Than I’ve ever been. It’s also incredibly beautiful (to me anyway). Since the engine seized up (traumatically for my ER Doc… Continue Reading

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Review: Stacy Juba’s Fooling Around With Cinderella

I write romance; usually contemporary romance, but I’ve recently written an Amish romance. I found Stacy Juba’s Fooling Around With Cinderella through a Twitter link. I liked the fun sound of the book and it turned out to be just that. In the book, a Storybook Valley Novel, heroine Jaine Anderson just wants to be taken… Continue Reading

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Big Reveal!!

ER Doc daughter gave me full permission to use her photo in connection to my writing persona. (Smallest, blonde child in above photo) She said she’s not the least embarrassed by the steamy books her mom sometimes writes. Well, that’s what I write most of the time.   Loved her answers to the intro profile… Continue Reading

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Why Christian Romance?

Up to this point, I’ve only written steamy contemporaries. Books with sex in them and using the occasional colorful language. That’s what’s called to me and that’s what I’ve stuck with(come rain or shine). This is not to say I’m not Christian and I don’t believe in God. It just means I don’t think He… Continue Reading

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