In The Cards ~ A Review

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I chose to read In the Cards by Kimberly Cooper Griffin mainly from seeing the gorgeous book cover and from reading the blurb which sounded very interesting. Book covers are so important since they catch the eye of a potential reader before anything else sometimes. I’m pleased the cover of this novel caught my eye.

This is a contemporary romance told in the first person from the POV of both Daria and Phaedra, the main characters in the tale. Each chapter of the book switches the POV and tells you through which character you’re looking at the story, so I was never confused as I read. Both main characters are very well developed and easy to connect with. The secondary characters are also well-written, especially Marnie, Daria’s younger sister who is autistic. As the mother of an autistic son, I can tell you that Marnie is realistically written.

The romance is fairly lighthearted and uplifting though the two mains do have several hurdles to overcome. They get a bit of a paranormal/magical push to help them find and fall in love with each other.

There were a couple glitches in the book. Sometimes I got a little bored with all the “thinking” the two mains were doing. It made the story a bit longer than it actually needed to be. Also the conflict/angst portion of the story near the end seemed a bit contrived. Daria’s actions at that point really didn’t fit her character in my opinion.

Other than that, I truly enjoyed this book. I’m giving this novel a 3.75 star rating and moving it to a 4 star rating for the overall enjoyment I had reading it.

Thanks to NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for giving me the chance to read and honestly review this novel.

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