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Lottie Loves - Samie Sands

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

I really wanted to love this book. I wanted it to be one that I could rave about to you and beg you to read. The blurb sounded so incredible, it had my attention and made me want to read it.
As I cleared my scheduled and started reading the story, I was perplexed. At times, the story was excellent. It held my attention, grasped its claws into me, and made me keep reading. At other times, it felt forced reading. It left my attention wondering, its claws were slipping, and left me confused. I felt like I went back and forth during the entire story.
Having a read like this is incredibly frustrating. It’s not frustrating because the author did a bad job writing the story, or frustrating because the story was lacking, it’s frustrating because it’s hard to fully explain in writing why I was struggling so much, so bare with me as I try to explain.
As I sit here and write this review and think in my head, I think there are two biggest reasons that the story wasn’t “great” all the way through; over writing and lack of description or explanation. I know, these two seem to make no sense together, right? Let me explain. I think, at times, the author went in a little deep with her writing, her explanations, and back story. I think some of it wasn’t necessary. However, the way that this story is written, you get “back stories” or history of the main character and her childhood sweetheart. However, you don’t get a warning when it is the flashback, you just kind of have to know. Certain times, it’s glaringly obvious but other times it’s not so obvious and required me to go back and re-read a little bit to realize I was reading a flashback. I think maybe had these been labeled a little bit better, it might have helped my mind prepare a little bit and not have so much confusion.
So, overall, it wasn’t a bad read. The main female character has some serious inner turmoil and is forced to make a pretty intense decision. She had, what I would consider, an unhealthy first love, and her heart doesn’t want to let go. It’s intense and heart breaking. I can recommend to read the story, just prepare yourself for flashbacks and know if it doesn’t seem like current times, it’s probably a flash back. Maybe the author will choose to edit her story a bit to make it more clear. If not, it’s still a good story.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *