Title: The Farmer’s Fate
Author: A. Traub
Publisher: Self-published/Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: January 13, 2014
Source: Received for an honest review.
Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:
Straight laced Clancy Johnson is living the life every boy dreams of in 1960 Tolemac, Kansas. His family runs a farm on the outskirts of town and he is being groomed to take over one day; following the teachings of his Mennonite faith. Life is pretty simple for Clancy; graduate high school, get married, have kids, and raise his family on the farm.
There is just one thing; he forgot to ask life what it had planned for him. Clancy makes decisions along his life’s journey that will destroy his plans and the lives of everyone dear to him. Is it fate, karma, or an evil voodoo spell which causes his life to unravel? Who knows? What we do know is that Clancy’s life is doomed before it even begins.
All I can say to author is–keep trying and don’t give up. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to attempt to write a book, and self-publish it, and then succumb to reading the myriad of reviews, mostly from people who have no care for the authors feelings. I will try to offer honest, constructive criticism, without being mean.
Try writing in first person next time. Looking at this type of story, from a completely outside POV (third person) is disconcerting. Being told what the character is feeling, without reading it from the character’s personal point of view, doesn’t work well in most cases. A good story, where the author wants you to know what multiple characters are feeling and experiencing, must be told from multiple points of view. Third person POV just doesn’t work for this.
Focus on one story. Random inclusions of secondary stories, like the backstory on the girl from camp, really mess up the flow. And wow, what an f-ed up story. That one was a story all unto itself, and what did it really have to do with the farmer? I honestly had to stop reading at that point, because I was lost, and couldn’t see the connection. Maybe it was brought together at some point, but the disjointedness, and ADD-esque jumping from topic to topic, turned me off too soon. All that said, there were some interesting bits that could have potential if re-edited, so like I said, keep trying and don’t give up.
HEAT Rating: None
Reviewed By: Daysie W.
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More