A Fine Piece of Chocolate by Jacqueline R. Banks

I received a free copy of this ebook to review for BookLook Blogger.  I am sad to say this is the first review I am writing where I cannot say that I enjoyed anything about the book.

This is the book description:  Showing that love doesn’t have to be a four-letter word and that redemption is possible, this novel follows three women all involved in the universal search of finding love. Instead, they find lust, betrayal, compromise, and finally, redemption. Banks sends a powerful message through these characters, encouraging readers to know their values, love themselves, and never compromise what is near and dear to them.

However, the novel was not written about three women.  It was three separate stories and all of them were interrupted with paragraphs analyzing decisions the main character was making, or to give advice to young women who may find themselves in a similar relationship/circumstance.  The characters were not well developed.  I did not feel as though I was in the story or in the characters’ heads, but that I was an outsider simply being told about relationships these women had gotten involved in.  There were many grammatical and spelling errors as well, and her descriptions of intimate details were crude and a bit more explicit than I find appropriate for a Christian book.

I noticed that this is Ms. Banks’s first novel, and I strongly suspect that she self-published without having a proofreader or editor look it over.  I would suggest that she seek an editor in the future.

It is clear that Ms. Banks has a heart for helping young women avoid bad relationships.  I believe that her writing style is better suited for script writing, as I often felt as though I were reading a script for a play.

I am sorry to say that I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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