Apr 6 2006
Dear Ms. Skully:
The problem with ebooks and a reader like me who likes instant gratification is that sometimes I buy books on impulse without giving it much thought or research. In some cases (see letter to Ms Davis below) that works. In others, like yours, I just regret the whole time and money wasted sort of thing.
I am not quite sure what your book is about because I only made it to the end of chapter 3. It was a struggle to even make it that far but I figured as a first time author for me, you deserved an effort of at least 3 chapters. Let me enumerate all the things I didn’t like in the first three chapters:
Your heroine is irritating. Any heroine who is the basis for the energizer bunny commercials has a real hurdle to overcome in the likeability department. She is irritating from the top of her “splendid but unruly curls (your description, not mine) to the tips of her “bright, red-nailed fingers” which she uses to make “double quotes”. She is supposed to be so nice that she never says anything unless it is nice, but she has nicknames for everyone. For example, she calls one of the female accountants: Chicken Little and Harriet the Harridan. Those are exceptionally nice nicknames, aren’t they?
Her snorts are “infection as her laughter.” In an effort to be helpful, Madison flushes Harriet the Harridan’s engagement ring down the toilet to prove to Harriet what a jerk her fiance is. That is a classy classy move, particularly when Harriet’s ex-fiance takes her to small claims court.
I guess I don’t really need to enumerate any other flaws because the heroine is such an awful character that I cannot read on.