Dawn of My Breaking Heart Book Review

Dawn of My Breaking Heart Book Review

Title: Dawn of my Breaking Heart
Author: Vickie Knob
Published: 2014, Create Space
No. of Pages: 202
Cover Price: $2.99, Kindle

Dawn of my Breaking Heart is the first novel by Vickie Knob, and tells a Christian-based story about Tess and her boss, Will. Shortly after they fall in love, having kept their friendship secret from others at the local radio station where they both work, they decide to start building a more serious relationship. Will invites Tess on a week-end getaway; things don't turn out as expected, and Tess learns that he has secrets from his past. Tess also has a secret that she hasn't told Will about. When Will's cousin, who was brought up with him as a brother, is in a serious hit and run accident and the FBI is called in to investigate, Tess begins to put pieces of the puzzle together, and learns that this is no small-town problem. Tess and Will are in danger, and it is suspected that the Mafia is behind it. Then Will mysteriously disappears, and foul play is suspected.

At first it seems that Will and Tess are just getting to know each other, but as the story progresses, there are indicators that their friendship has been ongoing; Tess is already close to his family, and they know her well. She is accepted as part of the family and is made aware of the secrets during the investigations.

Although this is Knob's first novel, she is an experienced writer and journalist. And although the book flows, and is an easy read, there is a need for a professional editor. While the grammar is correct, there are several places where words are used incorrectly, i.e. passed (page 1, location 53 & page 35, location 32) instead of past, and waste (page 7, location 140) instead of waist, etc. There are other minor errors such as "anymore" instead of any more, and misspelling (e-ray instead of x-ray). The storyline is interesting, albeit a bit naïve, since small-town residents would, in reality, be no match for an organization as ominous as the Mafia. The characters are likeable and believable; they have problems that most readers will be able to relate to – jealousy, fatigue, distrust, etc. The novel has no graphic violence, no profanity, no sex, and no grisly murders. And while it could easily be considered a thriller, it is closer to a Christian cozy. There is enough happening with underlying suspense, however, that thriller lovers will find Dawn of my Breaking Heart enjoyable. Since the book can be read in an afternoon, this novel is a good choice for an airline flight or just a rainy day curled up in a comfortable chair.

Special thanks to the author for supplying a review copy of this book.

This book may be purchased at Amazon:
By Vickie Knob Dawn of My Breaking Heart, Paperback
Dawn of My Breaking Heart, Kindle

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