The Undiscovered Novelist by Sarah Bridgeton
Sarah Bridgeton is on tour with CLP Blog Tours and The Undiscovered Novelist. This is considered a novella at 36,000 words, but while the book read quickly for me, I didn’t think it rushed by like most novellas. I get hesitant to read a novella because I feel there is never enough time to get to know the characters or the plot, but I didn’t feel that with this story. I easily related to Jordyn Simmons, a twenty-seven year old aspiring writing. She moves from New York to Tampa with her boyfriend and the father of her son, much to the dismay of her mother, Debra. Their relationship becomes estranged, but a chance writing contest brings the two women together once again.
I thought this was a sweet read about a mother and daughter with a strained relationship, and I enjoyed the writing aspects as well. Since it is shorter the plot lines didn’t run too deep (why won’t Jordyn get married? What happened with her father?) but there was just enough to go on to get me invested in the story. I didn’t feel rushed at all either, which was nice, and I enjoyed the ending. A few times the present tense writing tripped me up, because sometimes with present tense I feel like the sentences can be choppy, but overall, a sweet story that I think writers would especially enjoy!
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