Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Eighth Wonder

Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review - The Eighth Wonder

About the Book
Nicole Benson is a self-made woman. She put herself through school, sacrificing marriage and children for her career. In the summer of 1997, at the age of 35, she finally graduated with a Ph.D. from NYU, but her life is thrust into chaos when her father, the only person she's ever leaned on emotionally, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. After fifteen years in New York City, Nicole leaves everything and everyone she knows to teach for a year in Bradford, Pennsylvania to be close to her father in nearby Buffalo. Now, trapped in tiny Bradford, she has never felt more alone in her life. . . until she meets Tom Ryan. At 44, Tom represents what Nicole longs to be: settled, secure, and clear about his purpose and direction in life. Emotionally scarred, he and his wife of 23 years survived the death of their daughter to leukemia. Tom and Nicole's story begins as a journey of self-discovery for both of them but turns to bittersweet tragedy when their friendship becomes love. Nicole risks offering what she has never given before, her heart; and Tom has never felt happier or more conflicted when he falls in love for the second time in his life. Their lives become intertwined and changed forever when they both must face the most difficult decision of their lives.

My Take on the Book
I am not a huge fan of love stories, but I am always game for a new book and genre to try every now and again. This book was well written and the author did a great job at developing her characters for the reader. In fact I found the characters to be highly engaging and due to this they do an amazing job at drawing you into the overall story itself. The plot took me a little to get into, but once I was into the book a chapter or so I was hooked and I came to find that even though this was not a genre that I read regularly, it was definitely something that I thoroughly enjoyed. You also get a bit of a surprise at the end which was a nice change of pace.

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