Book - A Novel Obsession (Novel Series #1)
Author - Jeff Joseph
Publication Date - December 1, 2012
Type - Series (Not sure if a continuation)
Genre - Romance, Thriller
Rating - 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars
Book provided by Author in exchange for an honest review
What could be more peaceful than a small town nestled in the plush and picturesque Appalachian foothills along the Ohio River? Seemingly nothing unless you actually live in such a place and experience the incestuous nature of the meddling, gossip, and desire that can fester there.
Abby Lane has cornered the market on virtue in her small town, yet there are forces that want to take that innocence away from her. Unfortunately, the depths of deception, often undetected by the pure of heart can be harmful to the unsuspecting soul.
As an English teacher, dreamer and hopeless idealist Abby immerses herself in romantic fiction to fill the void in her reality. There is one author in particular who speaks directly to her heart and she foolishly makes him the model lover by whom all suitors are to be judged. When others try to bridge that gap, idyllic small town America becomes a mysterious place to be.
A Novel Obsession is a great mix of Mystery, Suspense, Intrigue, and romance. It will answer the question:
Is it possible for two people to fall in love having never met?
I take back everything I ever thought about men not being able to write a good romance. This book broke every prejudice I had about men not being able to connect with the innermost thoughts of the feminine mind.
This book hooked me and it hooked me good. I was upset that it was on my kindle so I had to stop reading it from 9-5 while at my job - but as soon as my ass hit home, shit I was right back to reading it. I had to know what happened next and how the hell were these two love crazed people going to finally meet. And normally I have a bit of a hard time reading a story in 3rd person, but it worked for this story.
Jeff, I salute you in writing not just a "Searching for Romance" book, but also a thriller wrapped up around it.
Abby is in love with Daniel who is the author of a set of romance books she connects to. Abby believes that Daniel writes from his heart and lives by standards he writes about. Because of this, Abby shuns all the eligible bachelors in her small town. Abby writes one letter to Daniel praising his writing and asking if he could come and speak to her high-school students.
Daniel on the other side of the States is falling apart. He is tired of the book tours and the women throwing themselves at him. He has just about to give up on ever finding a woman who isn't after his money or fame. That is until he reads a letter from Abigail and instantly he connects with the words pouring out of her heart. Has Daniel finally found a reason to keep going?
Abby and Daniel must go through so many obstacles in order to find love. This includes a new eligible bachelor who is coaching the football team and has his eyes on Abby. Also, they must endure skeptical agents, friends, exes, murderers and so much more.
And that ending??? Just for that Jeff, I shot half the star off!! And I'm telling you - there best be a follow up to this story!
I'm still amazed this love story came from a man....(sorry Jeff) ---- I know I'm gonna go wash my mouth out with soap.
This is such a cute story about finding "the one" along with a bit of suspense to keep the reader attuned to the story.
About This Author
In spite of being a husband and father, I have always been a daydreamer. I was that guy in high school algebra with the far away expression on his face, and no I wasn’t thinking about how to apply mathematics to save the world. I was thinking about the girl of my dreams and how I would make her mine. True love and the inherent difficulty in finding it are what I daydream about the most, and to me writing a book is merely daydreaming and capturing your thoughts in print. It makes them more real and provides the opportunity for others to share in them as well. And so I hope you will.