Sunday, August 7, 2011

Review of Delivered with Love by Sherry Kyle

Rating: 4 Stars
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Synopsis from Abingdon Press: An old love letter found in the glove compartment of a young woman's inherited 1972 Volkswagen propels her to leave her life in Los Angeles and go to the small town of Capitola, California. There her dream of finding the writer of the letter leads her on an unexpected journey that changes her life forever.

Claire James, age twenty-three, is ready to make it on her own.  When she's fired from her job as a waitress and subsequently kicked out of her sister's home, she sees it as an opportunity to start over.  But even before moving, a thirty-five-year-old love letter written to her mother keeps Claire stuck in the past.  Michael Thompson, a middle-aged real estate agent, wants to keep the past where it belongs--at least until his grown daughter is married.  But, then a young woman comes to town . .

Read the first chapter on ABINGDONPRESS.COM

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Review: Sherry Kyle delivers a delightful read in her latest novel Delivered with Love.  The pace of the plot is steady and consistent with an intriguing amount of mystery. Claire James is a likable character who is fighting to get her life on track after the death of her mother. On her journey from Los Angeles to Capitola, Claire is continuously awed by the kindness and love she receives from strangers. Piece by piece, Claire's life begins to mend, and secrets from the past are revealed.  The past, present, and future weave together in unexpected and inspiring ways as Claire learns about love, faith, and forgiveness. 

Delivered with Love also introduces the reader to several other core characters, each of whom are coping with issues of their own.  Michael Thompson is stressed about his job, his daughter's upcoming marriage, and secrets from his past that may threaten his marriage. Claire's sister, Haley, struggles with a difficult marriage to an alcoholic. Meanwhile, one of Claire's new friends attempts to mend a 20 year rift with her own sister and overcome the pain of previous tragedies. Sherry Kyle combines each story into plot that is realistic and ultimately triumphant.  A novel with various layers of emotional struggles has the potential to be heavy and sad, but Kyle creates an engaging novel that offers a satisfying amount of depth. Of course, there is also some romance, courtesy of Blake, Claire's neighbor, and some humor, courtesy of Geraldine, Claire's 80-something room-mate.  Geraldine can always be counted on to lighten-up a tense moment, for both the characters and the reader.  

The novel is told from the perspectives of both Claire and Michael.  I felt a connection with both characters and empathized with their worries and burdens.  The secondary characters are equally as developed and quite realistic.  Kyle describes the town of Capitola in picturesque detail, helping readers to envision the setting of the novel. After reading Delivered with Love, I found Sherry Kyle's video tour of Capitola on her website. I almost felt like I had already visited some of the restaurants, beaches, and stores featured in the video; and seeing that they exist in real-life just delivers an extra helping of realism.

I highly recommend this novel, and I definitely plan to read more novels by Sherry Kyle. 

I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from NetGalley, courtesy of Abingdon Press.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the review!

    Sherry Kyle



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