Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle

5 Star

To the outside Diana and Joe have a perfect family-three lovely children, a beautiful home, and a café that's finally taking off. But their world is rocked when it's discovered that their oldest daughter, 17-year-old Morgan is having an affair with her married teacher, TJ Hill.

Their town rocks with the scandal. When the case goes to trial, the family is torn further apart when Morgan sides not with her parents-as a manipulated teenage girl; but with TJ himself-as a woman who loves a 30-year-old man.

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

I have to admit right away that this was one of the books I was most excited about reading this year. I will not hide the fact that Kristina Riggle is one of my favorite authors and deservedly so. The Whole Golden World was no exception to her incredible writing talent and is definitely one of my favorite books of this year.

What I love most about Riggle, and which also shows through in this book, is that she writes stories of the type that I call real fiction. Despite never having been in a situation like any of the characters find themselves in, I still felt like I could identify with what they were feeling which is exactly the thing I search for in a great read. I have to be honest though, I did find the beginning of the book a bit off somehow and I even re-read it to try and find out why I felt that way. I guess it was necessary to set up the story a bit, but I also felt that perhaps she wrote the book during a couple of time periods therefore disrupting the continuity of the story somewhat.

Nevertheless, I did really enjoy this story and I enjoyed the fact that even though I kept trying to figure out what was going to come next, that things kept changing but not in major ways, just enough to keep me on my toes.

The characters are realistic and I felt myself empathizing with more than one of them and not ones that would even possibly empathize with each other if this was real life. I feel that a true strength of an author's abilities is making characters on all sides of a topic or issue easy for the reader to identify with and Riggle excels at this.

For anyone who enjoys stories that address real issues and keep things interesting with rich descriptions and emotions, The Whole Golden World is definitely a read for you.

Thank you to HarperCollins for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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