Janice Sim’s Mines by Christmas is a quaint short story that is the essence of choosing badly. This is exactly what Adam Benson did when he ended the relationship Sage Andrews and broke her heart. Years later, he tries to win her back and hopes to do so during a holiday weekend in Vienna. We get to see if she can give him another chance and they can be reunited.
This Can’t Be Life is a novel based around three best friends that is told from the point of view of the characters, which I enjoy tremendously, as you are drawn more into the story. I adore the relationship of these best friends, Simone, Stacey and Talise. We get to visit their lives, their journeys, the roads they traveled to get to their lives of today and a tiny glimpse of the future. Being the successful, affluent individuals that they are, the paths they travel takes them into the world of many other successful, affluent people…. this world usually breeds those that get whatever they want due to their status and money and this time was no different.
I commend Shakara for writing a novel full of drama, suspense, thrill and love. I sincerely hope that there will be a part two as I am fully titillated with curiosity as to how things will turn out and this is doing a number on me. I finished the book two days ago and the stories are still running full speed through my mind. This is/was a very good book and I give it 4.5 stars!! January 26, 2012