Title: Beyond Escape
Author: Deborah Jenson
Published: 2012 by Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kim is finally divorced from her cheating husband after twenty years of marriage. The company she works for is closed for a month during Christmas, and she just feels the need to get away. So Kim goes to stay with her parents at their retirement community. While there, she meets Camilo, the landscaping boss. Camilo takes a deep interest in Kim, but Kim isn’t so quick to reciprocate. After all, she just went through a divorce, and Camilo is young enough to be her son.
Let me start off by saying that I didn’t finish this book. I read about half, so I feel like I did give it a fair chance. I guess we’ll start by the things that bothered me about this book.
First, Kim’s friend Connie has the last paragraph or page dedicated to her, from her point of view. It’s like having another story altogether. Now I only got halfway through, but I just wasn’t feeling it, nor saw the point of doing this other mini-story within a story. I guess I would cut it out altogether.
Secondly, Kim and Camilo’s conversations are so dry and scripted. There was nothing about their outings or conversations that excited me, which is too bad because I wanted to be excited for Kim. Basically, it just didn’t feel real.
Thirdly, there is a backstory going on about what happened to Kim’s ex-boyfriend. She is trying to figure out what really happened to him and caused his death, but the way it’s told to the reader is so boring; I really just couldn’t follow. It was more like a history of his life, and the way it was told just didn’t flow right in the book.
I say this a lot when I give a bad review, but I know it takes a lot for an author to write a book. There is so much that goes into it. So while this wasn’t my favorite book maybe it will be somebody else’s.
But for me, the only thing I liked about Beyond Escape was its ability to help put me to sleep.
My Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
*****I received this book free from the author, in exchange for an honest review.*****