Love and Wrath, by G.E. Johnson

The title sums up what you expect from this book and it doesn’t disappoint.

Rating: 4 stars

Genre: Urban fiction

Length: ~23,000 words

Set against a backdrop of the Kansas City artworld this novel tells the story of Lily, an independent middle-aged woman who’s recently re-invented herself from corporate drudge to budding artist.  Encouraged by her best friend and business partner Sheila, she’s quickly making a name for herself as a talented photographer.

This book was a casual stroll through the character backstory, which quickly accelerated as the suspense began to build, culminating in a dramatic conclusion.  At the end I found myself genuinely interested in where the protagonists Keisha, Lily, Sheila and Marco will find themselves next, but without the annoyance of the ‘standard cliffhanger’ designed to pull you in by force.  It’s the first of three books and there are definitely indications of further back-story not yet explored (such as why Lily chose to leave Atlanta so quickly…) that I expect will continue through the series.

Some disadvantages with this book that leave it a little shy of the 5 star mark include a few minor spelling mistakes, that it was written in the third person (not a favourite of mine) and there were times where the prose could have done with a little more polish.  But, as obvious from the rating none of these would deter me from trying the author again and, all thing considered it shows great potential.

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*This book was supplied to me by the author for review.

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2 Responses to Love and Wrath, by G.E. Johnson

  1. I have an idea, not sure if anyone is interested but thought I would mention it. Why not have a group of indie book authors get together and recommend each others books to our own, local libraries? It would increase all our sales and give us all more exposure. Why not work together?

  2. That sounds like a great idea, Michelle. Let’s connect on Twitter. @writermom2011 There is a great circle of indie writers that you might like to be a part of there.

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