Monday, October 6, 2014

Sara and Andy by Ronald Glanz

I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation given.

The myth of love at first sight is real. If you don’t believe it, just ask Sara Baintree and Andy Anderson. They both fell hard when they first met and they truly believe the myth. As they begin to learn about each other, one had to reveal a deep, dark secret while the other has a deep, dark secret to find. The same individual was at the center of those secrets, but after two decades, proof is almost impossible to obtain. What can Sara and Andy do? They have a plan, but will it work?

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About the Author:
Ronald Glanz received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rose Polytechnic Institute in 1967. His working years as an engineer caused him to travel throughout the world. He loves writing, antiques, and sports cars. He and his wife, Patricia, and their two cats, Bella and Stella, live in Mineral, Virginia.

I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to review positively.

My Thoughts:
The book, Sara and Andy is a whirlwind of love at first sight and romance, with a bit of mystery and suspense. It begins with Sara and Andy both losing the only living parent they each have left. And that is how they meet, at the funeral home. They quickly (within a day or so), decide they were destined for each other and want to spend their lives together. Both have secrets to learn about each other, things from that past that come to light, and several surprises awaiting, that give them an opportunity to become successful people and right the wrongs from the past. For the most part, they seem to get along splendidly. Andy and Sara, after some unpleasant runs-ins with people who have hurt them, come up with a plan to bring to light the hidden and make the people responsible reap the consequences of their actions. Will their plan work?  The book takes a few unexpected twists and turns, the end turns out okay!

I had mixed emotions about this book. I would like to have given it between 3 and 4 stars. Although I enjoyed the story, for me, it leaned more towards a fairy-tale. It took on a rags to riches type plot, and everything happened in a very short, almost unbelievable period of time. At times, I struggled with the flow of the book. It is hard to explain what I mean. The sentences seemed a bit choppy? Alot of "Andy"... this and "Sara"... that. (Maybe that was just the authors style and supportive of the title)  I can't say I would label this a Christian fiction in particular - there wasn't much talk about God - Sara's deceased father had been a minister and they did go to church a couple of times, but once married they quit. There is a small amount of mild language included. I would not recommend this for younger readers as, even though there is no descriptive sexual content, there is quite a bit of implication to the idea. Thankfully, Andy and Sara do wait until after they get married to become involved in that way.

That said, I did enjoy reading the book.  The plot was well written and kept my attention. I was certainly curious to find out what would happen next, so it kept me reading.

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