Tania L. Ramos. This is her second novel, which is self-published through iUniverse. Check out her blog and her website for more information!
Plastic surgeon Jack Silver thinks his life is perfect – until he loses his daughter and wife in a series of tragic events. A decade later, Jack discovers that he is dying. He desperately wants to reconnect with his estranged son Travis, but Travis wants nothing to do with his father. Enter Dr. Christina Amity, Jack’s protégé and dear friend, who strives to help father and son work out their issues before Jack’s disease claims him. But even as Christina and Travis grow closer, Jack finds himself inching towards death, drawn by what he thinks is the spirit of his dead wife. Will Jack make peace with his son before he rejoins his wife and daughter in the afterlife? Will the emotionally-damaged Travis ever find love? Read Be Still to find out!
Let me start by saying that, despite the genre of this book being the polar opposite of what I usually read, I really enjoyed Be Still. The plot was engaging and well thought out, the characters relatable and believable. It’s a tragic story that’s at the same time uplifting, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes the romance/drama genre.
I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t the hugest fan of Jack Silver. He basically gives up on living after his wife dies, withdrawing from the world and from his son, all of which really irked me. I have a hard time connecting with parent characters who emotionally abandon their children. At the same time, I totally understand why he did what he did because his plot arc was beautifully written, so even though I didn’t really like the character, Tania still got me to sympathize with him.
On the other hand, I loved Travis and Christina. Their romance is sweet, and realistic, and flawed, because when does love ever go smoothly? I actually found myself caring more about Jack because I was seeing him through Travis and Christina’s eyes, and it was bittersweet because their shared grief over his impending death is one of the things that brings them together.
I quite enjoyed Tania’s writing style. It flowed nicely, and it was very easy for me to lose myself in the story. One criticism I would make is that the description sometimes got a little flowery, but for all I know that’s the norm for this genre of writing. It certainly didn’t detract from the story, it just made me pause and think, “Goodness, that’s a lot of adverbs”.
4 out of 5 stars, plus an “Awww!” factor of 8 puppies.
Remember that blog tour I mentioned?
If you have an excellent memory, you’ll remember that I’m participating in a blog tour next week – the blog tour of Tania L Ramos, to be specific, aka the author of Be Still! Whoa. Crazy coincidence, right? Anyway, here’s a reminder of the blog tour dates:
July 19 – http://katherinenader.tumblr.com
July 20 – http://nerdybookreviews.wordpresscom
July 21 – http://freebies4myfamily.blogspot.com/
July 22 – http://davidmcgowanauthor.com/
July 23 – https://michelleproulx.wordpress.com/ ((ME!))
July 24 – http://www.youtube.com/user/tramossnvvc/videos ((video blog))
Tania is also holding a sweepstakes right now, which can be viewed on her Facebook page. Basically, for every 100 books she sells by August 30th, she will donate a copy of her book to a high school of the winner’s choice. It only works for U.S. schools (something about foreign policy), and she promises to donate a book even if she doesn’t hit the 100 books sold mark. And if you’re poor like me and don’t want to buy a copy, you can still go to the Sweepstakes tab on the Facebook page and enter anyway.
So come back next Monday for my leg of the blog tour!
Tania will be writing a guest post about … about … okay, we really don’t know yet. If you have any ideas, sound off in the comments! She’s a self-published author, so maybe you have some questions you’d like her to answer? Just relay them in the comments section here and I’ll forward them to her.
Cute and addictive game:
Thank you for your honesty, and I found it great that you didn’t like Jack Silver for his actions, most people didn’t like Travis so that was a bit of a twist with your thoughts on the topic. Honestly, I had never seen it from that point of view. Amazing how readers see things differently. Well, I enjoyed everything you wrote and in my defense, I added the fluff so it wasn’t so bleak all the time. Even I had to have a post traumatic therapy session after finishing the book. 😉 And I had separation anxiety after what happened to Jack. Seriously, I polished off a bag of cookies and watched Titanic to get my mind off it.
All the best to you in your writing adventure. I can’t wait to read it!