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Melt Paperback – May 14 2013
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About the Author
Robbi McCoy is a native Californian who lives in the Central Valley between the mountains and the sea. She is an avid hiker with a particular fondness for the deserts of the American Southwest. She also enjoys gardening, culinary adventures, travel and the theater. She works full-time as a software specialist and web designer for a major West Coast distribution company. Soon to be retired, she looks forward to devoting more time to her first love: writing.
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Kelly Sheffield and Jordan Westgate are beautifully developed characters with many strengths as well a some flaws. They are bright, interesting women. McCoy also gives readers some wonderful side characters in the journalist with Kelly, the members of Westgate's scientific team, and Pippa, a native Greenlander.
Author Robbi McCoy has been to Greenland, and gives her readers a wonderful look at both the country and it's people. She also, without being preachy/teachy, casually gives readers many interesting scientific facts about glaciors, icebergs, etc. A side story includes a dream sequence which takes readers back to the time when the Vikings were settling in Greenland, and includes a plausible explanation for what happened to them! This side story is beautifully woven into the main story, without breaking the flow of the plot. McCoy is an award winning author for her novels Not Every River and Spring Tide. I think we'll see a thrid award for her with this novel!
Note : I would have liked to have given this book 2.5 stars if I could have, but I rounded up to three stars since parts of the book really appealed to me.
In reading the other reviews here, apparently one of my problems with the book is something that the others really enjoyed. That happens sometimes, since we all come at novels from different perspectives. To me, I felt the landscape descriptions of Greenland were too much. I am all for an author setting a place and landscape, but I found the descriptions repetitive and over long (and in one case, just plain cheesy). They drew me out of a story that I found interesting. All things in moderation should have been applied but the landscape here is given a starring role - detracting from the characters. At times I wondered if the author wouldn't have been happier writing a travelogue.
I do have an exception to the descriptions being too much, though. In being fair, I will say that the words given to describe Jordan's camp and her environs were very effective. It's just those multiple passages describing the sweeping vistas that felt overdone.
I'm not sure if the following comment might be considered a spoiler, so I will warn that I am going to give away a bit of the story in my explanation.
My second issue with this book concerns the secondary character of Pippa, and is really my biggest problem with a novel that I was very much looking forward to reading. Early in the book, Pippa has a dream/vision and this part of the book felt completely forced to me. It didn't really move the story forward and completely drew attention away from what had been presented as the main story - the relationship of Jordan and Kelly. These "dreams" felt like they came from a whole different novel and were just dropped into this one.
As a character, Pippa was cute and her interaction with Kelly felt sweet, but the visionary sequences Pippa has went on forever and honestly, I didn't care about them. Was the author forcing a bit of Greenland history, or Viking mythology? I don't know exactly, but I just couldn't keep my mind in those extensive paragraphs. I kept wondering what the heck these visions really had to do with the story of Kelly and Jordan. And I started to resent that Pippa's "dreams" were taking away from what I thought was the main story - the relationship between Kelly and Jordan, their history.
I will state very clearly here that I liked and cared about the two main characters (Kelly and Jordan). I feel that the pages dedicated to Pippa's vision would have been better served with more interaction of the main characters. Jordan doesn't even appear until page 76 - almost a third of the way into the book! It was frustrating to me as a reader, and those long pages reading about Pippa's vision made me feel resentful of lost Kelly and Jordan time.
What I liked about the book, I really liked. I liked the history that Kelly and Jordan shared, and I loved the way that they both interpreted the same events so differently. This aspect of the book was very well written and it alone garnered the stars I've given it.
I can honestly say that if the parts of this book regarding Pippa's shamanistic vision had been removed, and additional scenes with Kelly and Jordan added, I would have loved the book and given it a strong five stars. Jordan and Kelly are very different and interesting people, and I wanted to know more about them, I wanted more scenes between them, I wanted more of their dichotomy ... I just wanted more of them in general.
Jordan has never forgotten Kelly. She'd found it really difficult to resist the allure of her forward, irresistible student. But she knew she couldn't allow anything to happen between them.
When Kelly and Jordan meet again, Jordan finds Kelly at the age of thirty, even more attractive. She's successful, beautiful and oozes confidence. But still Jordan can't allow Kelly to get close to her. Why is Jordan holding back?
Despite both women being attracted to each other, it begins to look as though they will part forever when Kelly leaves Greenland for home. Will Jordan's icy heart melt along with the ice in Greenland and allow her to accept Kelly's love and love her back? Or will she remain the ice queen?
Yet another winner from Robbi McCoy. A beautifully written page turner from start to finish.
Both Kelly and Jordan are multifaceted, easy to get to know characters amongst a wealth of well formed friends and colleagues to enhance the story and progress it forward.
The scenic descriptions of Greenland were so well written, they had me shivering and reaching for a jacket. I was transported in amongst the characters and living the story with them.
This is more than just one present day story. There is also a dreamlike fantasy, which dates back to the days of the Vikings settling in Greenland. It is a story which could quite conceivably be a true account from the way it is written. Who knows? This dream is very cleverly interspersed in with the main story and it's seamlessly done so that it doesn't interfere with the main plot or detract from your reading pleasure.
As with all the rest of Robbi McCoy's books, you never know what theme you are getting. They are all so different. The one thing I do know when picking up one of Robbi's books, is that I'll be in for a jolly good read. I can't wait now to see what will be next.
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