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Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Journey by D. L. Rogers



The Journey by D. L. Rogers
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (132 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Reeling from the shock of her husband's infidelity, Rosemary puts aside her own pain to help her best friend cope with the sudden death of her husband. Alone for the first time in fifteen years, Rosemary and Joy must accept they’re no longer part of a couple, but moving on with their lives is not easy.

When Kristen, a young, energetic new teacher invades their space, she forces them to face their situations, and things start to change. When Rosemary and Joy join Kristen on a frivolous trip to Europe, what they learn surprises even them.

Join Rosemary, Joy, and Kristen on a journey of discovery as they explore the beauty and history of Europe, and find love along the way. . .

With an overload of emotional baggage, Rosemary, Joy, and Kristen, schoolteacher friends, go to Europe together. Rosemary’s crushed self-esteem from a divorce from her husband of 15 years who dumped her for a younger woman, Joy’s guilty grief about going to Europe and having a good time when her late husband is dead, and Kristen’s impatience with the older women when they try to ‘mother’ her color their dream vacation. Jacques, Jay, and Tom add even more color to the vacation as these women try to experience as much of Paris, Venice, and Rome as possible for tourists to manage in a month.

The Journey has some writing errors and a fair amount of telling rather than showing. At times, these elements keep the reader at a distance as an observer rather than letting her experience the happenings from a character’s point of view. When a character’s POV is used, the story comes alive, and the reader feels the inner turmoil, the struggle, the self-doubt, as well as the joyous love that grows as the characters find a ‘oneness’ with the men they met.

D. L. Rogers gives the reader an interesting guide for touring Paris, Venice, and Rome, and reveals cultural differences while creating romances that give new meaning and direction to Rosemary, Joy, and Kristen’s lives.

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