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Finishing Touches

LK Hunsaker (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-1647-6 ©2003
Price: $14.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 212 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / Literary

While searching for herself in an elitist world, struggling to avoid a forbidden romance, Jenna’s spirit is rekindled by a handsome, magnetic artist

Jenna Rhodes escaped her mother’s idea of a successful, elite life with an early marriage to an unknown artist, but her husband’s eventual success has catapulted her into the midst of another world in which she feels she doesn’t belong. Now, in her early twenties, she finds herself alone with a young baby and fighting against her overwhelming artistic desires. With memories of the past and the rekindling of an old friendship, Jenna struggles to find her own world. Rejecting her impulses becomes impossible, though, when a handsome magnetic force begins to pull at her spirit.

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Customer Reviews

  It's beautiful ! , 10/04/2003
Reviewer: Kathi
This book's story line is incredibly beautiful and very well written. Once I started reading it, I had a very hard time putting it down until I had devoured every page! I highly recommend it!!

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  I could not put this book down , 10/06/2003
Reviewer: Dorothy
This is an excellent story about a young woman's struggle to find her own way, on her own terms; well written, with insight towards the young woman's relationships with the people surrounding her, from domineering to accepting, and their effect upon her. The scenery descriptions paint a clear picture in the reader's mind, making you feel you are witnessing the scenes, rather than reading about them. This is a hard-to-put-down book. I highly recommend it!

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  review on Finishing Touches , 10/06/2003
Reviewer: Elizabeth
When I read this book, I didn't think I would be that interested in it, since I am 14. But when I read it I felt the characters. This is a really good book and I suggest it to people who have good taste.

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  A Blueprint for Young Women , 10/21/2003
Reviewer: Mary
The author has painted a number of literary paintings. Familiar settings in Peoria and Chicago are threaded in and out of the life of Jenna and her family. Especially sweet are the descriptions of her baby, the sounds he makes, and the comfort to this young mother that only a child can provide. Jenna's tender nature is laced with a drive for self-preservation and the need for personal goals. She struggles to rebuild her life when she must start over as a very young widow. Although Jenna approaches her dilemma as a negative experience, there is the distinct feeling that the author seeks to show the positive side. The message to young women may be a warning to plan their lives carefully, for a second chance like this does not happen in most of our lives. We are satisfied at the end that Jenna has taken full advantage of her new opportunity. Will she repeat her earlier patterns in forming new relationships? Or will she start her life essentially where it left off before she met her late husband? The fork in her road is beautifully described, so that the reader is left with the feeling that this was no fork at all, but an inevitable path that Jenna found through careful insight to her inner needs. There is much to be learned from these words, and we can only hope the young women who read them are able to understand.

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  It's Our Own Story , 03/27/2004
Reviewer: Alex Theriault
Besides being struck by the expressive and communicative description of the canvas where Jenna's story is sketched out, the readers will find themselves immediately and completely affiliated to the heroine's internal and external experiences. The author's own artistic background visually illustrates the novel with the parsimonious yet vivid use of descriptive color throughout the pages. The readers will not need any imaginitiveness as the scenery, the season, the setting, and the appearance and activity of the characters unfold as cyclorama. Her clever tactic to delineate the characters' mental status with the evidently mundane behavior of the characters stems from her psychology background. Soon, the readers come to realize that they should open their ears to Jenna's nonverbal dialogue: how her drinking soda or attempt to drink coffee instead of her mint tea calmly depict the change of her emotion or may even foretell the next scene. The author achieves the readers' affiliation by including every reader in the story. Jenna and the men around her represent all the affection, passion, and love, not simply for the opposite gender but for everyone and everything in everyone's life, in different shades. Within a few pages, the readers will be reminded of their own past and present relationships with others and their inner selves. While being anxious about which direction Jenna will face towards, they will ponder over their own at the same time. It would be no surprise if many readers' choices become at least partially affected by Jenna's. Towards the end of the story, realizing how her window in her appartment is the blockage between the outside world and her internal world or the connection of hers to the world depending on the situation and her mental status, the readers will want to go back to the first page. As the readers read the novel the second time, the story seems familiar yet new; and they will bask themselves in different perspective and interpretations along with endless pondering on love and self-fulfillment.

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