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Bad Martha’s Review of Reflections on the Ring

RINGSLoriI was so thrilled to discover this latest review by Bad Martha, thanks to Declan Finn:

Reflections on the Ring is a vignette about an unexpected turn in a ladies night out. The women have gathered together to share their wedding albums when one woman admits she doesn’t have pictures to share. Instead, she has a love story.

Told from author Lori Colombo Dunham’s point of view, her tale is about how she married a man she hardly knew after conceiving his child. Fortunately, he is the kind of guy willing to start (or continue) a family, though she wonders if she’s making a mistake by choosing to share her life with a complete stranger.  Through hard work and commitment, the couple make the marriage a success.

Sprinkled with quotes from various self-help books and the Bible, each chapter ends with Reflections on the Ring, a few thoughts on what it takes to make a marriage.

In a “me first” society with so many examples of Bridezilla stories, it’s refreshing to read about a woman who puts her marriage and her family at the top of her priority list.  The Reflections on the Ring provide a nice reminder (or possibly new information) to women who want the same thing.

It’s a quick read, and the author will hopefully put it on Kindle.

Yeah, about that Kindle thing. It should be available in that format and on Amazon in a few more weeks. At least that’s what I’ve been told. I’ll make an announcement here on the blog when it is. Thank you for your patience, readers. I’m still navigating my way around the brave new world of self-publishing and social media. 😉

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Declan Finn’s Review of Reflections on the Ring

FACEBOOK PROFILE-600x600 copyNot being a “chick-lit” kind of guy, I am thankful for Declan’s honesty and tact in tempering some valid criticism with genuine praise. Visit A Pius Man Novel to read the full review, which I am excerpting in part here:

So, was it good? Sure.  I’d give it about three to four stars, definitely leaning on A for effort, A for narrative style, and a B for execution.
Why wouldn’t I give it five star?  Well, I had to slog through a few pages here and there. Have you ever had the prose of a book turn you off? Five pages in, I was going to just stop reading, lie to Daria and say that something had come up and I wouldn’t finish this in time. There were at least two pages of mea culpa that just rubbed me the wrong way.
Thankfully, the cringe-worthy setup rhetoric was wonderfully deflated by more sarcastic, wry commentary.  For example, describing “Tom… the male character in an ill-fated courtship that led to my starring role in a summer romance novel.” Or, perhaps,

“Samantha, one of the most glamorous girls in the group… never misses a Pilates class or dares to leave her house without flawless hair and makeup, even if she’s only headed to Publix..She fixed her big blue eyes upon me with the same intensity a prosecutor might employ while interrogating a witness.”

While not my usual thing, I liked it. There were moments at the beginning that I was tempted to shut things down, but thankfully, the narrative saved it. It keeps the rest of the book from becoming a collection of misery or a collection of sap. The narrative flow worked here.