Lynn (Wautoma WI)
Kissing Gemes of the World
I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. The characters were very interesting and eventually I felt very familiar with them. It was an easy read and enjoyable. I did not think it was a great book because the plot and ending were very predictable, but a nice story. If you like Nicholas Sparks, I feel that you will like this book. I am in a local book club, I would not recommend it for book club, but I would recommend this for a cold rainy day.
Marta (Santa Ana CA)
The Simple Life
Of course no life is simple but the main character of Jamie, who is the mother to Arley, is one that she craves. She is living in a small town in Connecticut in an old farmhouse. She is housemates with an older man, Harris, who is raising his grandson Christopher. Suddenly Harris dies and life gets very complicated. Nate, Christopher's dad comes back to take control of his son and the life he never wanted, but did he? I really enjoyed this story of love. It raises truths about how people change. The characters were believable and very likable. The two little boys were especially charming and added much to the agonizing of the adults. This was a great end of summer read, though it will not solve the problems of the world, it made me happy and that is something that is very important to all of us.
Kathy (Eaton OH)
Kissing Games of the World
Some books take a while to reel you in but I was hooked by this one from the very beginning. I loved it and didn't want it to end. The characters showed that even though we're all flawed beings in some way that we can change and learn to trust and love. I'm still working on the casting for the movie!
Patricia (Lawrence KS)
Kissing Games of the World
Kissing Games was a great read!!! The story and the characters were all very compelling!!! I look forward to reading more of Shelton's work.
Caryl (Richmond VA)
Although you know from the very beginning where this story is going, it is a very pleasant read. It has scenes that are very humorous and is light throughout. No ogres, no spies, no murderers. It is delightful story. The writing moves the story along very well as I could not stop at the end of a chapter, but had to keep reading. The characters, for the most part, did ring true, although I thought Nate's life perspective came about more quickly than it should because it was a such a big change. I found the book was a good read.
Julie (Peoria IL)
What a great story! This novel was so endearing, from beginning to end. All of the characters were believable, the plot was realistic and kept my interest throughout, and the writing was superb. The story flowed smoothly and without any dry spells....quite remarkable!
I was very impressed with this writer's skill and heart, and I can't wait to read more by this gifted author. If you want a book that will touch your soul, this one will fit the bill! Not a syrupy romance, but a wonderful story about how two people discovered what really matters in life, how they came to terms with love and loss, and happened to find each other in the process.
Patricia (New Canaan CT)
Funny, yet endearing
Some will call this book "chick lit", but men reading it will learn a lot, not the least of which is that there is always room for change, and often for the better.
"Kissing Games---" is the story of the 3 Goddard "boys" who have left or been left by the loves in their lives. Trust is a key issue for each. After the death of his father Harris, Nate goes back to the home town he left after the death of his wife, mother of his young son Christopher, and learns there's more to life than being in the fast lane. He has to deal with Jamie and her son Arley who were "house mates" of Harris. There are many funny moments as Nate learns to parent, taking his young son Christopher on business trips, while still trying to carry on his love life. Sandi Shelton's writing is very humorous, but she also conveys with sensitivity the hurt that had taken over Nate's life. Her descriptions of Christopher's behavior was spot on!
I read the book in one evening, thought the ending was just right, and can't wait until the author comes out with her next book.