{Read} Blind Stitches Author J.B. Chicoine – Multi-channel.co

Blind Stitches was a really enjoyable read, with quirky characters and just enough suspense and romance to keep it rolling, although I wouldn t necessarily call it a Romance of a psychological drama.The characters are well developed I loved Rome and his chickens And Nadia the bride and sister of the main male character Nikolai was chilling The delusional mother former Russian ballerina was believable, even if her delusion was rather unusual I don t want to give any spoilers And the main female character, Juliet, was so easy to relate to It was interesting to watch Nikolai the son who returns to NH for his father s funeral work through his family s dysfunction.As Chicoine does with all her novels, there s plenty of twists and turns to this plot, spiked with a little Russian history Parts of the story are really creepy There s a lot of depth to this book, and I would highly recommend it This review can also be found hereCopy provided in exchange for an honest review All opinions expressed are mine alone When I was offered the chance to post the QA with J.B Chicoine I jumped at the chance because the book sounded really interesting, I was also offered the chance to read and review the book Unfortunately I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would.The book went way too slowly for me I was hoping for mystery than what was in the book and a little action What I got instead was a romance that seemed to progress too fast and a mystery that didn t really start unfolding until halfway through the book I did love the whole Russian aspect to it I love learning about Russia and the fact that the book is set during a time where the Berlin wall was coming down and communism was still very much alive in Russia was a huge bonus that kept me reading, I really wish that there had been of the history involved with the book though.The thing that I enjoyed most about the book was the ending Not because it was over but because so much happened I don t want to give away spoilers but that ending seriously surprised me I may eventually give the authors other books a try but for now I don t think I was in the mood for an adult romance. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of Goodreads First Reads This was a very enjoyable read The story is set in 1989 The Cold War is coming to an end Nikolai Solvay, whose mother is a former ballerina who defected from Russia 20 years earlier, has spent most of his life attending school in England He has returned home for his father s funeral and his older sister Nadia s wedding Meanwhile, Juliet Glitch, a young seamstress, is making Nadia s wedding dress, which is supposed to be a secret, especially from Nadia s mother Both Nikolai and Juliet come from highly unconventional families Juliet was only seven years old when her mother abandoned her and her newborn brother Romeo yes, Romeo Since then they have been raised by their aunt Anita Nikolai s mother Olga believes he has been blind since birth but there is nothing wrong with his vision He also has a difficult and strange relationship with his older sister Nadia Both Nikolai and Juliet have close, affectionate relationships with their younger siblings Nikolai with his sister Lizzy and Juliet with her brother Romeo nicknamed Rome.It took a little while for me to get into the story I thought it was odd that Olga was telling everyone that Nikolai was blind while there was nothing actually wrong with his sight I also thought the relationship between Nikolai and Juliet was progressing rather fast three weeks However, I got caught up in the story I wanted to see if Nikolai and Juliet not only got together but stayed together I also wanted to learn the reason behind Nikolai s mysterious blindness I also liked the chickens I used to raise geese, and believe me, they re just as dumb and accident prone Rome was my favorite character sweet, endearing, and rather goofy, and trying hard to be independent This was actually a quick read I read most of it in one day, which is pretty good for a 300 page book The only thing I found confusing was Nadia s age, which seemed to change On page 70, we re told that Nadia was ten and Nikolai was five in 1970 However, we are later told that Nadia was born in 1956, which would make her 14 in 1970 At the end, she described as seven years old in 1969, which would mean she was born in 1962 This a minor note, though, and the only inconsistency I could find Recommended. This was a nice little story, and JB Chicoine has a knack for drawing you into certain scenes and creating consistent characters The book didn t make it from good to great for me, for a couple reasons.In terms of the plot, I found myself getting impatient at times There were plenty of this is the scene when moments where it was clear what Chicoine was up to, and I just wanted the story to move along At other times, I wasn t sure what was happening, and scenes followed on each other without seeming to create any momentum The ending was pretty exciting, though.The writing also disappointed me at times I m not a stickler for grammar, but I sometimes found myself unsure about pronoun antecedents or dangling modifiers, and had to read sentences or paragraphs over again once I d figured out what Chicoine meant I had a similar concern with dialogue or descriptions of character reactions, when neutral or ambiguous language yielded several possible interpretations of a line and I wasn t sure which one was intended.Two further quibbles on diction Certain unusual words and constructions were recycled often enough that they started to seem repetitious characters eyes often welled, and lovers were fond of breathing in each other s scent breath Meanwhile, Chicoine was fond of highly specific terminology regarding sewing, fabrics, fashions, and architecture, using unfamiliar words that were neither essential to the story nor likely to reappear.I would describe this as a high brow beach read romance novel Though the writing could use some careful revisions, the book offers a nice love story, some family intrigue, and strongly written characters. Seamstress Juliet Has Been Finishing A Client S Wedding Dress When Father Of The Bride Dies Unexpectedly Before The Wedding Mother Of The Bride Asks Juliet To Hem Her Blind Son Nikolai S Trousers For The Funeral Juliet And Nikolai Embark On A Psychological Journey Into Family Dysfunction And Repressed Memories Surrounding His Mother S Defection From The Soviet Union Twenty Years Earlier