Wednesday, 22 October 2014

***Review - Finding Parker by Scott Hildreth - Out Now - 3.5 stars***

Finding Parker by Scott Hildreth 
Out Now!!!

"Life's greatest treasures will never be held, purchased, or bartered for. They will only be felt."

Parker Bale has is a gentlemen is all respects. After graduating college and beginning the exhausting search for a job, he’s offered employment, unlimited expenses, and a new BMW by an extremely wealthy eccentric stranger. His new job?

Finding a woman to love. Not a particular woman, but he must look in a particular place. And he must sign a contract. Eagerly, he signs the contract without reading it.

Victoria Fisker’s father died immediately after her birth. Her bed-ridden mother’s addiction to pain pills requires her to be at home every moment she isn’t working as a prep cook. She has never been in love, nor does she feel loved at home. She doesn’t particularly trust people, has no faith in the male species in general, and lives a quiet life keeping to herself.

When Parker meets Victoria, he’s immediately intrigued by her lack of interest in people and her comfort in being alone. Victoria, on the other hand, only recognizes Parker as being a male and believes therefore he can’t be trusted.

Finding Parker’s characters embark on a journey. A journey in which they soon realize they’re finding love where they least expect it. Love for friends, love for family which may not be blood related, and for that one person…

The one who gives you reason to believe for the first time love just may actually exist.

"We fear what we don't understand, and we find serenity in what we're incapable of understanding..."
"Having the ability to feel is the greatest gift God has ever given..."
"Ask yourself through the course of each day, if this were my last day on earth, would I do anything different?"
"Live every day as if you're going to die at midnight..."
"The greatest rewards in life are provided to those who take the greatest risks..."

"One moment of unwelcomed silence is more disheartening than a lifetime of incessant screaming… And the silence deafens me..."

My Review
3.5 Took Me A While To Get It Stars
Finding Parker is the latest book by Scott Hildreth I read and loved his book Undefeated here’s a link to my review. I was given a copy of this new book in exchange for an honest review so here goes...

I’m going to be honest and say straight from the off that this book wasn’t really my cup of tea, I almost gave up on it but I’m actually glad that I finished it.

Parker is an interesting character, he is a twenty something guy who is the epitome of a ‘gentleman’. I’m going to be brutal I didn’t like him as a love interest, I’m not saying that he is an unlikable character because he’s not it’s just that he’s not my idea of a leading man. I found him pretentious and effeminate and to be honest a bit of a wuss.

I know that my review will go against the grain because the majority of reviews are 5 stars it moved me ones. But reading is a very personal experience and this is mine.

I liked Victoria she is strong and filthy mouthed and generally likeable and sweet.

For me the ancillary characters were by far the most interesting and engaging, Kenton and Downes had me intrigued and I found myself thinking about them more than I was interested in Parkers POV.

This book is full of inspirational quotes and platitudes and there were some sentiments that were profound and interesting.

To be honest I don’t feel that this was a traditional ‘love story’ because for me I didn’t feel a passionate connection between Parker and Victoria. They had a beautiful friendship and they brought out the best in each other. Perhaps as a basis for longevity and happiness friendship is a better place to start than an intense desire and sexual want for one another.

About halfway through this book I started to panic, when you have been given a book to review I always feel incredibly rude when I say I’m sorry but it wasn’t for me. Finding Parker was for me going to be one of those cringe worthy emails to the PR Company going I’m sorry but I don’t think that I should post this review L

Then from about 80% this book got me!

I kicked and screamed and tried hard not to be dragged under but then it happened I started to understand this story.

This is deliberately not a traditional love story; to me this is more like a social commentary on how love used to be. These days love is about sex and passion and desire, and this book 
takes the idea of love back to basics.

It throws in your face that love is forever and sex changes everything, the ideas in this book are old fashioned and simple. It dissects the idea of a gentleman and old fashioned respect for family and traditional values.

I kind of loved that!!

I don’t want to spoil anything but I cried like an idiot for about the last 3 chapters!!!!

I think this could be a book that needs a reread as I think I would probably love it the second time round. But in the first instant this book gets 3.5 stars from me.