Reviews are coming in for Better To Have Loved

Reviews are starting to come in for Better to Have Loved.

 

This book is based on the tale of my parents’ 30 year search for true love, through England, Scotland, Spain and Denmark. Their story is what inspired me to start writing novels, so I could share this wonderful tale. #truestory #romance #newrelease

 

Follow the lives of two young women, Julie and Kirsten. Julie is searching for adventure in 1967, but what she finds is herself, alone and pregnant, in a foreign country. She has some difficult decisions to make. Kirsten is searching for a father who doesn’t know she exists, with little help from her mother, Julie. See how the two stories meld and resolve in the end!

 

The book is available in both Kindle and Print on Amazon.

 

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5.0 out of 5 starsTwo Strands of Time, One Story

By D. Jacques on February 6, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Skillfully written as two strands of time weaving themselves closer and closer together, this story held my attention from beginning to end. Gently told from two points of view, it is a story of one young woman’s adventures and another’s quest for a father she’s never known more than it is a story filled with romance. I enjoyed reading it, and do recommend it.
*****

Format: Kindle Edition

This is a compelling story of a young woman in the sixties who is spreading her wings and making a life for herself. The characters with whom she interacts are charming and well written. One can imagine the church and the different outbuildings that surround it, including the men’s and women’s dorms. The hippy scenes are written with splashes of vibrant hues and it is almost as though the reader is there, experiencing what was the sixties. This emotional tome takes us through the growth of Julie as she starts as an art designer for the church and nanny for some church members and matures into a woman. What blemishes the story is that it needed one more edit before being released. There are a large number of repeated words in sentences which disrupts the flow of a beautiful story. Katy and Sandy are important characters to the story, but they are never developed. With the exception of these flaws, this is a wonderful story with a magical ending.

 

*****

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Another good book by Christy Jackson Nicholas. Well written! Once I started, I could not put it down. I love this book.
*****

Format: Kindle Edition

It was a typical love story. But, because I am a sucker for love stories it was a great read.
*****
Cathy Geha rated it liked it

Two stories of two women told from both of their perspectives. Kirsten’s story begins when she is very young and grows as she does. Not having a father is a big issue in Kirsten’s life and as she gets older genealogy and the search for her father almost becomes an obsession. Julie’s story begins when she is a young adult working as a nanny and tells of her adventures in England, Spain and the United States as she travels and works during the free-love era of the late sixties. Julie meets many interesting people, sketches wherever she finds herself, works hard at various jobs, dates several men and then becomes pregnant and has to make hard decisions. Whether or not she will get her happily ever after is unknown at the time she makes the hardest decision of her life.

This is a story of growth, family, mystery and adventure. It resonated with me as I was close to Julie’s age during the times discussed so the songs, the places, the mindset, the clothes and so much more that were mentioned in the novel brought back memories. The fact that this is in a way autobiographical makes the Author’s Note at the end worth reading and taking to heart.

It took a bit of time for me to adjust to the jumping between Kirsten’s and Julie’s stories but it worked. I believe this is a book that can be read by mature teenagers or adults. There is mention of sex but nothing explicit.

Thank you to the author for the copy of this book to read and review.

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Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books.

– Better To Have Loved

– Legacy of Hunger

– Stunning, Strange and Secret: A Guide to Hidden Scotland

– Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland
More info at Green Dragon Artist :: Home ,
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I am an artist, accountant and author living in western New York, transplanted from Denmark, Michigan, Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania (in that order!) I love the beauty of the world and sharing it with others through jewelry, photography, digital painting and writing.

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