This month's Absolute Write Blog Chain brings you NaMoReMo (National Mock Review Month).
In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, write a mock review of a writing project that you have done or would like to do. Make sure to either give a brief, one-sentence description of what the project is or work it into the review somehow. You can review anything (poetry, prose, collected blog posts) and in any way you like (funny, serious, Dadaist).
Be sure to check out my fellow AWer's reviews. They are posted below. Enjoy!
Follow the Trail by C. F. Pence is the ambitious romantic tale of Adria Hall, a Bostontonian elite who flees the only home she knows after finding her fiance in an indecent position with a former friend. Heartbroken and humiliated, Adria takes shelter in the West with long time family friends who own and run a general store. Adria is immediately hired to help, and it is her duties at the store that bring her face to face with Drew Scott, a local cattle rancher who looks down on the inexperienced city girl who doesn't belong. As Adria attempts to embrace a life she knows nothing about, she bonds with a girl who turns out to be Drew's sister. In predictable fashion, Adria and Drew develop a mutual attraction as they continually stumble into each other.
Although Pence started with much potential for a good love story, the focus is lost among her attempt to bring mystery and tragedy into the mix. Drew leaves to "follow the trail" of ruthless cattle thieves who committed a despicable murder while Adria is left behind to comfort a sudden widow. And the trail is long. Indeed, it is so long that it becomes hard to tell if Pence is writing a romance or a western. Quite frankly, Follow the Trail just isn't good enough to be both.
The writing blunders are frequent and jarring, but perhaps with more practice and a sharp pair of shearers Pence can shape this story into something worthwhile. For now there is too much chaos, and the road to the tidy bow at the end takes too long to travel.
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