Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review: Fated Memories

Fated Memories by Joan Carney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**I received a free ecopy in exchange for an honest review from the author** Thank you!

A woman, a war, a vision of the future past...

Burdened with the scars of a tortured childhood and a shattered romance, Kitty is being forced to resign from the dull, anonymous job she’s been hiding behind. With her life in shambles and her friends moving on without her, she jumps at her cousin, Maggie’s, invitation to visit. However, Maggie’s new boyfriend, Simon, has a secret that accidentally hurls the trio a hundred and fifty years into the past. Trapped in the midst of the bloodiest war in American history, the events that unfold will require more mettle than Kitty’s ever had.

Cover: Pretty
Rating: 3 Stars
Overall: An enjoyable, quick read
Characters: Dear Friends
Plot: What happens when three friends are thrown 150 years in the past?
Page Turner?: Yes
Series Cont.? N/A
Recommend: Yes

This was a quick read, and I enjoyed traveling back, and seeing the Civil War through a new pair of eyes. I also enjoyed the characters, and felt they had chemistry, even if rushed. I do feel the overall the story was slightly hurried, and therefore didn't give as much detail and perspective as I would prefer, but I did enjoy reading this, and thank the author for the chance to read!

I enjoyed the book, but as mentioned it felt a little rushed in that, while the characters did have personality and were each unique, they had instant friendships, and even the love was almost instant. That and Kitty's swearing at the beginning took away from the experience.  Cursing is one thing, but the fact that every other word she spoke was to cuss was overboard. I enjoyed the time they spent in the past, and the things they learned, but I would have loved to see a little more of what it was like for the other people there, and even heard some of the Confederate's side. I feel especially with the fact that Confederate prisoners and wounded soldiers were mentioned,that they could have told a little more of what the war was like for them. Instead it sort of glossed over that part.

I did love how Simon's dreams and visions were used, and how things like clothing and sleeping arrangements were considered, and explained a bit, giving more detail and making it more a story, and not just a history lesson. I also love the mention of both the inadequate medical knowledge, and the healing herbs, as both play a role in the health, and even today that's something people are always learning new uses, and better ways to care for the sick and wounded.

Overall I really enjoyed reading this, and just wish it had gone into more detail about life for the other characters who were from that era, and that it didn't seem so rushed, as most parts seemed to be over in a few paragraphs, that I feel should have lasted a page or two at least. What was it like working in the kitchen? How did the wounded Confederates see the war? How did they feel in the enemies' camp, and with Union doctors working on them? What about the women and families back home? I don't think they needed a lot of time, but I do feel at least a little more attention to such things would have given  it a more finished feel.

About the Author: 
A transplant from the concrete sidewalks of New York City to the sunny beaches of Southern California, Ms. Carney enjoys writing stories about women who are strong—whether by nature or circumstance—and the men who love and respect them for who they are. Things that make her happy are rainy days (too much sun is a bore), writing the perfect first line, family get-togethers, reading books that grab her heart, and finding new connections in her genealogy research. Bold coffee and dark chocolate fuel the artistic fire inspired by her family, friends, and psycho, lizard hunting cat. 

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