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Friday, March 25, 2011

Precious Things by Gail Delaney

Precious Things by Gail Delaney
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing Inc
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (166 Pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Fennel

From a young age, Benjamin Prescott Roth shut himself off from everyone. He was determined to be his own man. But, for the first time in his life, he's letting someone else in.

Jewell Kincaid is absolutely beautiful -- and beyond that she's feisty, intelligent and strong-willed. Benjamin's perfect match whether he wanted it or not. Then his world is shaken at the foundations, and he has to either let Jewell be his support -- or walk away.

How would you cope if you were deaf from birth? Benjamin Roth, our hero, shows us how. He lived up to the saying ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. And in Precious Things Benjamin is a strong hero. He has more than his deafness to deal with and with the arrival of Jewell Kincaid on the scene he meets some one who will not only stand up to him, but understand him.

In less skilful hands both Ms. Delaney’s hero and heroine may have become stereotyped, larger than life characters who overcome a plethora of setbacks and obstacles. But to me they became people I rooted for because of Jewell’s belief in family values and the power of love.

I found the office scenes powerful and realistic as the writer insinuated many of the inter rivalries that abound in the workplace.

The juxtaposition of family backgrounds and how circumstances influenced the adult actions of her main characters is well depicted, as are the awful consequences of Benjamin’s unhappy childhood. An irreversible consequence Benjamin and Jewell will have to live with for the rest of their lives if only she can teach him to believe they have a future.

There are many secondary characters but all have there place in the story. Ms. Delaney expands her players without creating any confusion for such a large cast.

This book is tightly written, packed with layer upon layer of interwoven goals, motivation and conflict that will keep the reader turning the pages.

Oh! And the Author’s Note at the beginning should encourage authors to believe that ‘if at first they don’t succeed, to try and try again’.