After the heart-heavy drama of “The Cloud Seeders,” I was ready for a little levity in my next book. So I selected one of my Kindle freebies that seemed to be a light-hearted romance, “Stardust Miracle,” by Edie Ramer.
I found this book to be an amusing diversion from my usual reading, but I found the fast pace left me wanting for a little more substance.
I had a hard time connecting with the main character, Becky, who seemingly goes from minister’s wife to promiscuous dating dynamo in the turn of a page. I found myself connecting more with the tragic sub-plot in the middle of the story rather than with Becky, when I was really looking for a fun and humorous read. And in the end, although it appears Becky will get the miracle she has hoped for, I felt as though I had been left a little high-and-dry in the romance department.
Ramer is a talented writer and has the ability to create life-like characters that draw the reader in. However, I felt that not all of her characters were so skillfully drawn, and, unfortunately, sometimes even the main character ended up feeling two-dimensional in a world of other delightful people that you’d love to get to know better.
Once again, this is a book that I feel that had I spent money on, I would have been sorely disappointed, but enjoyed as a free read. And, with multiple other free offerings, I’m likely to give Ramer’s books a second chance.
“Stardust Miracle” appears to be a somewhat permanent free offering, as an introduction to Ramer’s “A Miracle Interrupted” series (although it is the second book in the series). Some of Ramer’s other books, including “Hearts in Motion” (Book 1 of the “Rescued Hearts” series), “Dead People in Love” (a short story and Book 2 of the “Haunted Hearts” series) and “The Fat Cat” (a short story in the “Cattitude” series), are also available free to purchase for the Kindle. Her work is featured in multiple anthologies, including the free titles “Heart 2 Heart” (“Stardust Miracle” and “Hearts in Motion”) and “Light and Dark” (“Hearts in Motion” and Dale Mayer’s “Tuesday’s Child”).
Ramer’s book took me to a place I enjoyed visiting and wouldn’t mind going back to, even if it wasn’t someplace that I’m longing to return to soon. And, in a way, it’s nice to have a little light reading without a sense of commitment that you’re just dying to read the next in the series.