Sunday 22 October 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Evan Wood by Sara Dalton

Evan Wood
Author: Sara Dalton
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Romance was not part of Amelia's plan, until she came face to face with Evan Wood.

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It's been a few years since I first read Evan Wood, and I'd forgotten how most of the story went, but I definitely remember liking this one, and thankfully, that hasn't changed. This book has many ingredients: love and romance, fun and laughter and undoubtedly sadness and pain. While I did see places where the grammar could be tightened or the plot could be developed further so we can understand why characters reacted a certain way or understand the choices they made, I did find the story compelling, particularly Amelia's and Evan's personal struggles.

College student Amelia Graham has been longing after the handsome chap who rides the bus with her every morning, so when she goes on a blind date and discovers she's been set up with her dream guy, she is delighted. Unfortunately, Mr. Handsome (Evan Wood) isn't quite as charming as she'd imagined him to be. Quite the contrary, he's an arrogant, egotistical jerk. Still, Amelia finds herself being drawn into his world and it's not long before she unearths the true reason behind his behaviour, and it's quite a heartbreaking tale, one Amelia isn't sure she can handle. Having some skeletons in her own closet, she doesn't quite know how to deal with Evan's revelation, especially since her problems could have a detrimental effect on his health. As Amelia and Evan try to make their relationship work, they face many trials and tribulations that ultimately results in a shocking ending.

Evan Wood unravels a story of blossoming romance amid certain tragedy. The story deals with some serious issues (health concerns, domestic violence etc) that gave it more substance than the blossoming love story between Amelia and Evan, and I appreciated the way the subject matter were dealt with. The secondary characters weren't as developed as I would have liked them to be, but they did leave an impression on me, which was good enough. The story did start to feel a little rushed after Amelia discovered Evan's secret and the grammatical errors were very noticeable, which I had a problem with from time to time. I enjoyed the chemistry between Amelia and Evan, but, at times, their personalities suited that of younger characters, definitely younger than they are portrayed to be. Prior to re-reading the book, I had totally forgotten the ages of these characters, and based on the earlier chapters, I thought they were secondary school (high school) students. This wasn't an issue for me. I just thought I was reading a young adult novel as opposed to a new adult novel for the first half of the book.

Overall, it was a good and enjoyable read.


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Own copy

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