Better To Have Loved by Christy Jackson Nicholas

Better To Have Loved by Christy Jackson Nicholas
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Historical, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Length: Full Length (297 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by: Rose

Based on a true story.

In 1967, Julie was searching for adventure. What she found was herself, alone and pregnant, in a foreign country.

In 1985, Kristen was searching for her father. But did he want to be found?

Follow these two young women in a tale of a 30 year search for true love.

An interesting tale.

This story is told in alternating POVs— Julie, who in the 1960s, lived an adventurous life and found herself pregnant, alone, and in a strange county—and Kristen, a child in the 1980s on a search for the father she never knew. The book is based on the author’s and her mother’s own lives and the author’s search for her father. Other elements have been added to the story to fictionalize it and make it fuller.

There were a lot of good elements in the book—some of the writing was exquisite—and the juxtaposition of the two story lines is an interesting plot element which kept me reading to the end.

I had trouble fully connecting with the characters, though, because there was a lot more “telling” than “showing”. I never really felt like I was in either characters’ skin or walking their walk which might have invested me more in their journey. The majority of that issue was from the telling, but part of it was because, I feel, of the switching back and forth between the characters.

The story itself is interesting—and I have to admit to being curious about the Church that Julie worked for. I would be interested in trying more of the author’s work to see if the telling is limited to this memoir-style work.


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  3. What is the most annoying interview question you have ever been asked?

    • Most annoying? Hmmm. Actually, the only questions that comes to mind are those that aren’t relevant to my books. For instance, asking me about my character background for a non-fiction travel guide, or something similar that proves the interviewer has no idea what book they’re doing the interview for 🙂

  4. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • I have, and usually when I’ve come across a spot in my story that I don’t know how to resolve. Usually, sleeping on it for a couple of nights helps me to unravel it. It might come to me as I’m going to sleep, or driving to work, or some other mindless task. Once that knot gets unraveled, I can get back into the swing!

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  6. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  7. Victoria says:

    I love books that are based on true stories! This sounds interesting – thanks for sharing!

  8. momjane says:

    Fascinating subject. Sounds like a really good story,

  9. Cali W. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I like the excerpt. 🙂

  10. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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  12. Great review! Excited to read this book!

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