Saturday, August 15, 2009

Books I've read this week - On the Bluffs

On the Bluffs by Steven Schindler © 2009

About the book: “Sometimes the biggest lies are the ones we live.

Finding and reuniting with lost loves is growing in popularity with the ease and accessibility provided from sites like Facebook, Google, and Linkedin. It is this search for a love from the past that is at the heart of On the Bluffs.

While Brian DeLouise was working the graveyard shift at a conspiracy theory-crazed radio station his wife was alley-catting around Washington, D. C. But a cheating spouse and a dead-end job no longer made him angry or depressed. He was just numb. It took a daring brush with death to awaken his senses and a few clicks on Google to begin a journey to recapture a love he believed was gone forever. Brian finds his lost lover in a rundown mansion on the windswept cliffs of Cape Cod, where he must confront a fast approaching evil while he risks destroying his own life and that of everything he now cherishes.”

It took me a few chapters to really get interested in this book. I found the parts about fantasy baseball and Brian’s job at the radio station to be boring. I was beginning to think this was a ‘man’s romance novel’ if there is such a thing.

Brian is going nowhere. He’s middle-aged, slightly overweight and losing his hair, obsessed with fantasy baseball, his job sucks, and he hasn’t had sex with his wife in two years. Then something happens and he’s reminded of the wonderful summer he spent working on Cape Cod where he met and fell in love with Portia Smart. One thing leads to another and he decides to see if he can find her again. Once Portia and her family were brought into the story, it became more interesting and I really enjoyed it. Some of the characters in the book were truly that – characters! The story follows Portia and Brian in their struggle to find what they’d had 20 years ago with many ups and downs along the way.

1 comment:

Amy said...

This sounds like an interesting book! Your comment about it possibily being a "man's romance" made me wonder if the author wrote about Brian's interests in that way to attract male readers? Not a bad idea. I wonder if after Portia enters the story, Brian's interests in fantasy baseball and his job at the radio staion remain part of the story. I'm not a baseball fan, just hockey & football due to my husband!, but I like that Brian is a well-developed, rounded out character.
Thanks for a great review!
Amy