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Coming of Age Romance Novel
Coming-of-Age romance novel, Beginning, Book 1 Love and Betrayals Romance Series is the sultry, hot summer romance story of young Jenny's sensual awakening.
Beginning is a beautifully well-written story. And it has the potential to affect readers emotionally. The characters have strengths and weaknesses with which many readers may identify.
When you were a young girl, were you the shy one? And/or were you the studious one? Were you the one who was sheltered by well-meaning parents? Were you home-schooled solely by your parents? Or maybe you hold strong religious beliefs which served to protect you from indulging in risky business as an adolescent.
Regardless of how you may answer these questions, it is necessary to understand that many young adults could very well respond, yes, to one or more of the questions. And due to those facts, there are young adults in our midst, who have yet to experience a physical/carnal relationship with another person.
"He stopped on the hill. Ahh...there she was. Jenny lay on the beach down below on the brightly striped blanket. His pulse sped up. She was such an exquisite doll, and very soon would be his."
In Nora Edington’s novel, Beginning, we learn Jenny was sheltered by her parents. Now she is a lovely nineteen year old woman. Jenny is an intelligent young woman. At nineteen years old she is diligently studying to take exams for medical school. Yes, Jenny possesses both beauty and brains! Yet, other than one boy who she does not like, Jenny has virtually no experience with boys, never mind men.
Now Jenny’s friend, Leah, has invited Jenny to spend the summer with her at a lakeside cottage. Out by the lake, Leah and Jenny meet two handsome brothers, Gary and Ray. Gary is a bit rough around the edges, which makes him a pretty good match for Leah. Ray, on-the-other-hand, becomes instantly smitten by the sweet and lovely Jenny.
When Jenny meets Ray, her life as she knows it begins to change. The shadow of naivety begins to disappear as a stunning array of light begins Jenny's romantic awakening. This older experienced man, Ray, is not only gorgeous. He is also savvy, smart, and successful. Ray becomes smitten with Jenny. He also realizes Jenny is an innocent when it comes to the ways of romance. Yet, he is completely taken taken with Jenny. He begins to slowly and carefully woo her. And Jenny, though inexperienced, is receptive to Ray's tender advances.
And now Jenny enters into a different course of study. Ray showers Jenny with complements and attention. Jenny is surprised, yet quite content to let Ray teach her new things. Things about which, until now, Jenny has never dreamed. Jenny enters the beginning of a new kind of education. One in which, under Ray’s attentive tutelage, Jenny (and Ray) will learn how much she enjoys being his pupil. In spite of being older than Jenny, Ray’s age and experience do not prevent him from falling in love with his “little baby doll” Jenny.
The characters in Beginning are well-drawn and engaging. At times you may dislike Gary, but then he may redeem himself by letting his guard down and allowing us to see another, better side of him. Leah, Is pretty much a normal, healthy woman who is happy to have found, in Gary, a man with whom she can enjoy her summer by the lake. Leah has no illusions about how she wants her summer fling to go. And regardless of her tough exterior, Leah occasionally shows her feelings.
Author, Nora Edington provides us with just the right amount of conflict/resolution/conflict to keep this romantic coming-of-age story moving forward and on track. Edington skillfully paces the progression of Jenny’s carnal education with Ray. Ray's character is indeed, developed as a sexy hunk of man. But he is by no means one-dimensional.
We come to know who Ray really is through his gentle loving ways with Jenny. We can sense his growing love for her. And we are witness to Jenny's transformation from a lovely girl into a sensual and sexual womanly creature. I thoroughly enjoyed the summer romance, Beginning. I can't wait to see what comes next in this contemporary romance book series.