Friday, 29 March 2013

Textual Encounters Tour and Review!

Title: Textual Encounters
Author: Morgan Parker
Genre: Romance
 Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours
Synopsis:
Katie discovers an unlocked iPhone in the back seat of a taxi. But instead of turning it in to the driver as lost, she decides to keep it for herself. Outside of the usual clutter you would expect to find on a smartphone, what captures Katie's interest is the single conversation she finds on the phone's secure text messaging service, a three-month dialogue between a woman with an uncertain past named Christine and a single, eligible man named Jake. What starts out as a message intended for someone else ends up being the beginning of a relationship more powerful than anything Christine or Jake have ever experienced.



Review:
This was an interesting book. At times it was a little confusing, the texting goes between two people and each person's texts are on different sides of the screen. At one point all the texts were on one side, yet you could tell it was a dialogue between the two people. You just couldn't be sure who was saying what.

The book moved along at a steady pace. But in no way was this a page turner. The story is unique in that the Main character is really reading the texts between the two characters. I loved that aspect since it made it seem like a taboo to do so. 

All in all, I give this story 3.5 stars. It was a quick read, but it didn't quite grab me or suck me in. It was unique so I have to give it the extra half star for that aspect. Since this Author is new to the market I expect more from him, and while I won't re-read this book, I may pick up the next one to see where he intends to go with the storyline. 

I must add one little thing, I can actually relate to the story in a way, since I met and fell in love with my husband all online. Our love blossomed, and we've been together for 5 years now, and I can attest to the very real possibility of falling in love purely by texting or instant messaging.

Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

Excerpt:
For a brief moment in time while sitting in the cab, the stars align. I realize just how rare these moments are and decide to take advantage of it. I make a quick, mental shopping list of all of those other big things my parents never gave me – the Spring Break trip to Miami Beach for my senior year in high school, the congratulatory BMW for getting accepted to Columbia, the hot boyfriend who was supposed to propose after fourth year and help me avoid the hectic life that typically follows med school. Okay, maybe I couldn’t blame my parents for not getting me that last item, but if the Universe could deliver an iPhone, it sure as hell can find me a husband.

With my wish list ready and the iPhone in my lap, I close my eyes and channel all my energy, every last ounce of it, at the Universe. And that’s when it happens. The phone actually starts vibrating. My eyes shoot open and I look down in shock.    
Author Bio:
Morgan Parker is the pen name of someone who thinks he is more important than he really is. At 38 years old, Morgan has two young children and is married to a woman who puts up with his self-diagnosed hypochondria and literary obsessions.


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