Missing You- Michael R. Jennings

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Jennings has developed a good plot line into engaging entertainment of the modern Mills and Boon variety. The story centres on the relationship between a rich, career minded, single, businessman and a mother separated from a drug dealing father. The child goes missing in the aftermath of an earthquake. The relationship between the mother and the child runs rather superficially, as a background to the developing bond between the main character and the mother. A think that unless there had been very strong relationship difficulties between mother and child, which their apparently weren’t, the loss would have impacted more forcefully on the adult relationship. Readers will draw their own conclusions. However, I’m sure I won’t be the only one that sees this as strange. Having pointed up this one possible flaw, the story works well in all other respects.
Apart from some rather avant-garde verb structures the style of writing works well. These constructs may cause some others to similarly pause to scratch their heads from time to time. Meaning is always clear, but the lack of grammatical rigour did cause me to jump a few mental hurdles.
I don’t think many readers will fail to guess the end from early on in the story, not that that matters with mainstream romantic genre plots. I assume that most lovers of romance reads like to have a feel-good ending, one which Jennings doesn’t fail to deliver after some deep emotional pits have been navigated. We run through a good range of emotions as we head towards a climax or two. Not everything is left to the imagination as it was in this author’s debut book, “Flight Surgeon”, so a broader readership is likely to be fulfilled. This one is definitely less suited to reading aloud in church, whilst still being stayed enough to avoid upsetting all but those with a severe prudish intolerance for real-to-life drama. So those that are expecting Jennings’ very proper sexual propriety demonstrated his first book are forewarned. The contents are certainly less chaste than the cover.

http://www.amazon.com/Missing-You-Michael-Robert-Jennings/dp/0985541237

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