Title: The Most Important Catch
Author: Jaclyn M. Hawkes
Date Released: March 2012
Publisher: Spirit Dancer Books
Genre: LDS/Romantic Suspense
Last year, I wrote a review of Jaclyn M. Hawkes's debut novel, Journey of Honor. She has published a second novel, The Outer Edge of Heaven, between that book and this one, a book I haven't had the chance to read. However, I can see that Ms. Hawkes has made tremendous strides in learning more about the writing craft.
I enjoyed the majority of The Most Important Catch, which initially passed my "keep me reading" test. Unfortunately, the ending didn't hold together for me.
At first, when I moved from page 272 to page 273, I thought someone had mis-edited the piece to delete a key scene. But then I came across the missing scene, and it was not only out of place, but the timeline elements were mixed up. A thorough editing should have caught the flaw in sequence and mended it before publication.
After the author spent so much time building up the threat to Kelly's life in conversations with others and narration, I was disappointed in the resolution of that threat.Too much actual tension and conflict were missing. In addition, I didn't find any evidence of the physical pain one character should have been experiencing.
Another disappointment came when too much time was spent on one character attempting to overcome another character's misunderstanding of the actual situation between them. In fact, the pleas and explanations went on for an uncomfortably long time in a public place, with few clues that other characters were present. For me, too many questions remained unanswered, and the ending felt thin.
Because of Ms. Hawkes demonstrably increased writing skills in other areas, I hope I can be assured that she will continue to work on plot structure skills and solve this weakness.
Despite my quibbles, I found most of the book to be a pleasant romantic tale.
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