Today we get to learn more about the Fabulous MK Schiller's book A Girl By Any Other Name. Now I have read some of her other work and it was great, so I have no doubt this one will be great to. I sadly did not get to review this one myself but the great Jennifer Ballam who is on our review team did. She seemed to love it but if you wait a few, you can see what she had to say.
An I Heart Books Review
A Girl By Any Other Name by M.K. Schiller
Review by Jennifer Ballam
I took I while to connect with this story but when I did, oh my goodness!!! I adored it.
The story began slowly with references at the beginning of the 'in the past' chapters to a book called The Raven, I wondered what this was referring to and was worried that I may have missed part of the story with there being a previous book!! I will put your mind at ease and tell you that you have not missed a book and that all will be revealed in due course, just keep reading the story!
The chapters in the book that referred to the childhood relationship between Caleb and Sylvie were lovely and reading about how their relationship had grown during those years I loved. The scene where they end up parting and the aftermath of that were really well written. You could feel the pain that Caleb was going through. That I suppose should be something that I should mention, the majority of the book, right up until the end of the book, is written completely from Caleb's perspective.
It's going to be hard to try and sell the book to you by recapping some of the plot as beyond saying that it is the romance of a man who was convinced that the girl he loved from his childhood was not dead and searched for her for 10 years, and finding her obviously, I would be letting too much of the plot away. All I can hint to is that she is indeed running from a person and that when the details of that persons crimes were revealed in the book I was so appalled that I read that passage aloud to my partner who also winced.
The love that these two characters share for one another in a love that will get through anything. The twist towards the end like others have said I really did not see coming, in fact the clue was there but I thought it was a missed typo and overlooked it!! The clues were there but well hidden obviously!
I book different to a lot of books I have read lately and one I would not hesitate to read again. You'll love the characters and you'll love the story. You'll definitely fall in love with Caleb even more when he quotes Mr Darcy (well I did as it's one of my all time favourite novels) and laugh at the Optimus Prime quote. You'll also love that this has an ending and all loose ends 'killed off'!