Another review, ya’ll. I’m catching up after being sick for a week!
Let me start with saying that I did like this book. The author is accomplished and an Amazon #1 best selling author for the novel of which this book is a prequel. That being said, I try to be as fair and honest as possible. This book gets a Chain Mail rating from me (three out of five stars, see my post ‘Don’t Attack the Sundae’ for the source of my rating scale.)
Meet Me on the Mountain is a sweet and tearful novel that reminds me of ‘A Walk to Remember.’ The book follows the love story of Cassidy and Pete. Thematically, the novel is about finding love and grieving through phenomenal loss. The author’s view on grieving is true to form and emotion, which adds realism to the novel.
Perhaps, the most successful thing the author does is her foreshadowing of events. The main character’s paranoia and fear of something happening to Pete is a great technique and well achieved. Even the cover is an excellent subtle hint at what is to come in the story.
The cover is beautiful and the title is a fitting monument to the love story. The author edited the book carefully and diligently (although there were some format issues with the ibooks copy but I’m attributing that to ibooks and not the author). I liked the time and date stamps at the beginning of chapters as a way to advance time without being too jarring to the reader.
For me, the story fell a little flat and monotone. I wanted to see and feel more of the characters’ emotions, especially at high and low points. I think Cassidy’s voice was too much like the other characters and would’ve liked to see more of a dynamic change occur, for Cassidy, within the pages.
Overall, it was a well constructed beautiful story that needed a little more fullness and body. It’s a good read I would recommend if you are, as I am, a fan of cathartic emotional journeys.
[Please note, in exchange for a free copy of the novel, I agreed to provide a HONEST review.]