Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review: Godspeed: A Love Story

Godspeed: A Love StoryTitle: Godspeed: A Love Story
Series: N/A
Author: Dan Chabot
Publisher: Createspace
Published:  June 12, 2012
Genre: Romance
Format: Kindle
Pages: 306
Source: Received from author
Read: March 4-5 2013
My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Derry and Amedee fall in love, it is a collision of destinies, and they are sure it will last forever. But when it ends in tragedy, Derry, beset by remorse and guilt, sets off on an improbable, reckless crusade for redemption. When it finally ends abruptly, he has found someone to help him build a new life from the ashes of the past, and readers are left to ponder a poignant question: How can a lie be wrong when it makes so many people feel so good?

Melissa's Musings:

When I first started reading this book, I was afraid I would end up really not liking it. It just didn't make sense at first. It starts out at a funeral, and I figured "Oh no, that can't be good." But then it delves into more of the story before the funeral, so thankfully my perception changed.

There are a lot of characters with slightly ridiculous, and some very unusual, sometimes alliterative names. These include Phil Farell, Finbar O'Halloran and Hortense Hickenlooper to name a few. And there are a lot of them. At first I was thining that having so many characters would mean an onslaught of useless information, or confusion. But, in the end, each one has a distinct personality, with just the right amount of detail as to get a sense of who they are as a person but not so much as to overwhelm the reader.

There are a few inconsistencies with some of the details about the characters but  these are very minor and do not detract from the story at all.

One of the best parts about this book is that this crazy cast of characters has a list of running gags that will make you laugh so hard you cry. At one point I had tears streaming down my face, I was laughing so hard. I don't want to ruin the effect by demonstrating with quotes, you really have to read it for yourself to see what I mean, but lets just say there are some crazy names that get slipped into news stories and some very creative headlines with double meanings.

Derry and Amedee's relationship is really what glues the story together. Their relationship moves quickly, (but not insta-love quickly) It is tender, sweet, and true.  They just fit very well together. They have some extremely tender moments with each other that were enough to move me to tears.  I can't say much about what happens with them without ruining the story. But I will say that I like how everything comes full circle in the end.

This is an amazing story that will take you on a rollercoaster of a journey. You'll laugh, cry, and you may even wonder "Do I appreciate the people in my life enough?" This story reminds the reader that life is short and that people should appreciate the people in their lives, because you never know what could happen.

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