I gave this book three stars because it was a decent story, it wasn’t anything special, it wasn’t anything unique or different, but it told a good story.
I chose When Never Comes by Barbara Davis as my selection for Kindle First for the month of May. As an Amazon Prime member, every month, I get to choose one book from 5-6 book options that is going to be released the following month, and I get to read it a month early.
First of all, I wasn’t really into any of the selections that were offered to me for this month. This book seemed the most interesting. I have gotten some really good books for my Amazon First Reads before, but the past month or two, I haven’t been impressed.
Anyhow this is what I would describe as a feel good fiction book. Tragedy strikes, lead character has to overcome some shit, lead character succeeds and has a happy ending. A lot of fiction books are like this, I don’t think it’s really a bad thing, it’s obviously a formula that sells books, and you can’t really look down on authors who know what works and use it.
This is amazon’s summary of the book:
As a teenage runaway and child of an addict, Christy-Lynn learned the hard way that no address was permanent, and no promise sacred. For a while, she found a safe haven in her marriage to bestselling crime novelist Stephen Ludlow—until his car skidded into Echo Bay. But Stephen’s wasn’t the only body pulled from the icy waters that night. When details about a mysterious violet-eyed blonde become public, a media circus ensues, and Christy-Lynn runs again.
Desperate for answers, she’s shattered to learn that Stephen and his mistress had a child—a little girl named Iris, who now lives in poverty with her ailing great-grandmother. The thought of Iris abandoned to the foster care system—as Christy-Lynn once was—is unbearable. But she’s spent her whole life running—determined never to be hurt again. Will she finally stand still long enough to open herself up to forgiveness and love?
I don’t really have much to say about it. So I think I’ll borrow my friend Patricia’s formula for reviewing books:
How I’d Describe This Book to a Friend:
There’s not very much to describe. The amazon summary sums it up well. Christy-Lynn also known as Christine, had a tragic childhood.Her mom did drugs, drank, and sold herself, and Christy-Lynn grew up in poverty and never knew if the home she lived in would be the same one she would wake up in the next day, so she ran away and met a guy, who was a famous author, he had loads of money, but he was also cheating on her and he died. Christy-Lynn needed to escape the media circus that was surrounding her, her deceased husband, and the naked blond that was found with him, so once more she ran away and tried to reinvent herself.
She found independence and happiness and was even starting to fall in love, until she realized there was a child, Iris, that was left as a result of her husband’s affair, Christy-Lynn wants to do the right thing, but she’s so afraid of being burned and used after everything that happened in her life. She doesn’t know if she should run away, once again, and forget about Iris, as well as the man she was falling for because she’s afraid of opening herself up after being burned so much in her life, and her mental conflict with her past and present, are making her rethink the happiness she could possibly have.
The Bottom Line
This is just a story. It’s a typical story. Millions of fiction books follow this same story-line. It’s not a bad thing. The story works. The story was well-written. I enjoyed the story. But this book isn’t anything special. It’s just a book that tells a nice story. If you’re just looking for a book to read, to kill time, or to relax, or whatever, this is probably a good story for you.
Trigger Warning for rape, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and drug addiction, so be warned.