Reviewed by Dee
AUTHOR: Adrian J. Smith
PUBLISHER: Supposed Crimes
LENGTH: 257 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 01, 2016
One decision changes everything Kara holds dear to her heart.
Kara Barton makes a leap of faith decision after discovering her pregnancy and moves to the middle of nowhere Kansas. Being a photographer, she knows she can find work almost anywhere she wants, but making what is left behind after tragedy a life is harder than she ever imagined.
When she meets Tiny, a dark-eyed native to the Western Plains, her plans and life vision are thrown off track. With secrets tangled together, she stumbles through her first year in Kansas, hoping she can make it to the end of the year without too many mistakes left in her wake.
I didn’t pay too much attention to the blurb when accepting a review copy of this story, and the thumbnail image of the cover isn’t overly clear. However, upon enlarging it, the cover is very fitting. The central themes of this story are photography and pregnancy. I very much enjoyed the former, however I could’ve done with about half of the ins and outs of OB appointments throughout, urine samples, diabetes tests, ultra sounds, gel, listening to baby’s heartbeat, a bleed which, according to this story, is common in pregnancy… and so on.
With that said, those parts of the story were also necessary as it’s what brings these two together and, at times, keeps them apart. There’s a fourteen-year age gap between the heroines, Kara is 24 and the Doctor, sorry I can’t recall her name right now, is 38.
Another driving force to this story is Kara’s deceased ex. The reveal to how Kara became pregnant was totally unexpected, and made me wish Kara and Alyssa had their own story.
I’m all for angst in a story, but I started calling these heroines drama-lama’s. The conflict is never ending. Well except for the few times they got hot and heavy.
The ending took me by surprise, as it didn’t seem fitting. Readers will either find it cute or contrived.
I recommend this story to people who enjoy reading about expectant mothers, don’t mind the ghost of an ex-lover cropping up and who thrive on conflict driven stories.