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Book Title: Abigail Dare|
The author of the book: Jon Etheredge
ISBN 13: 9781494380786
Date of issue: December 4th 2013
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Review: I discovered Jon on Goodreads. He is a member of some the same groups that I am, and I have found myself laughing out loud at some of his posts. I had already decided that I wanted to read some of his work when he sent me a message recommending Abigail Dare. I bought myself a copy with the hope that it would be at least half as entertaining and witty as his posts to GR. I was absolutely NOT disappointed.
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Plot: When you first start reading, the story line seems a little disjointed. It feels like it is skipping around. And it is, because it is giving the more recent history of the Dare house, and gives the reader an idea of what is currently happening there. It then goes back even further, taking the reader back to before the house was even built. That’s where the real story begins, and that is the point where I could no longer put it down until I was finished. That is what made Abigail Dare one of those “holy shit its 3am and I’m still reading” kind of books.
Characters: I’m going to start with Abigail’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Northbridge, because I loved them. Supporting characters don’t get much better than these two, and Etheredge gives you just enough information on both of them to be satisfied. William “Billy” Dare’s story is both heartbreaking and uplifting. Given everything he had to overcome in life, I’d say he did pretty damn well. His portion of the story is executed perfectly, and left me with no questions, whatsoever, about who he was. Billy is the type of character who doesn’t really need an inner-monologue. You can tell what he is thinking/feeling by his actions. Abigail is also an excellent character, but I was left with some questions on her, or at least her post-life motivations. I’m trying not blurt out spoilers here, so my apologies for being a bit vague.
Setting: The story stretches from around the time of the Great Depression, up to present day. The back drop was well chosen. The details of the historical events of the times were easily visible in the lives of the characters. The hardship and struggle of the Depression were shown mainly through Billy Dare’s life. The story he brings home from World War II is also a great example of the author showing how things were, rather than just telling the reader, “Times were tough in the big WWII.”
Dialogue: Hopefully by now everyone knows that I am a big fan of good dialogue. Conversations in a story have to seem real for me to like the story. If it comes across as forced or ridiculous I won’t read it. The conversations in Abigail Dare are well done, and the reader even gets a little glimpse at the wit of the author. That it something I was really hoping to see, so I’m glad that even in a book that struck me as being more on the serious side, he still managed to toss in a bit of humor.
Break Down: I really enjoyed this book. In the beginning I thought, initially, that it got off to a rocky start, but upon reflection, I can see that it was necessary. If you pick it up and have that same feeling, stick with it. It’ll be worth it in the end. As I stated above, I do have some minor questions about Abigail, but in the grand scheme of things they are irrelevant to the story itself. I laughed. I cried. It made me think. It made me remember. If a book can cause that many reactions in me I need nothing else to recommend it. I would even recommend this one to my mother…and that is a rare thing indeed. J
P.S. One of the things it made me think about: If you know, meet, or just randomly bump into someone who is a Veteran or is currently serving in the military, shake their hand, give them a hug, or just tell them, “Thank you.”
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Read information about the authorBorn in the middle of the 20th century (an experience he denies remembering but steadfastly refuses to reinact on the pretext of being too old), Jon Etheredge has labored a lifetime to avenge his honor, sullied in the fourth grade where he met and subsequently agitated Mrs. Ebinotia Mummelsome, a horrid rat of a woman who gave him a D-minus in Citizenship, tainting his permanent record...permanently.
He lives on a small tree farm in East Central Mississippi, the cultural headwaters of blues, jazz, and American literature. All the best writers come from Mississippi. Also catfish.
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