Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: Kingston’s Project

By Melissa Patafio

I was utterly surprised in so many ways by this book. It’s not that I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it, I just could not have foreseen just how MUCH I would love it. Carrie Beckort is an amazing emerging author and one to keep an eye out for. She gives many a run for their money. I said I would write an honest review, and here it is.

Not only is Kingston’s Project a wonderful story, but it is full of mystery, romance, and emotion. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book, I thought maybe I would enjoy it and it would be a “feel-good” story, but it was so much more than that. It took me longer to read than I would have liked because of my schedule, but it in no way disappointed. Once I started it, I literally wanted to read it day and night until I knew what the ending was.

The story is about a May/December “love story”, but not in the way you would expect. It isn’t necessarily a romance of love and attraction, but more about the positive light and friendship that two people at different crossroads can bring to one another. The relationship is one of mutual respect and genuine care for one another. The main characters are both so different but manage to teach each other many valuable lessons throughout the book.

Our heroine, Sarah, has literally been through hell, and when she gets the chance to leave it all behind and start over, she does just that. Elijah Kingston is a man that has pretty much made his life as charming as he is and takes Sarah under his wing by offering her the opportunity of a lifetime. The story takes us from Sarah’s lonely and sad home in Indiana to the beautiful mountain scenery of Colorado. What Sarah has to face in order to make this journey is devastating and what she encounters once there, is enough of a distraction to start her healing process. The two then navigate the frightening and unknown together and the result is a story that will leave you thinking about it long after you finish the book.

I laughed, I cried, and I never wanted it to end. This is one of those rare books that really pulls you in and makes you question your own life and the way you live it. While reading this story I constantly heard in my head, "Songbird," by Eva Cassidy. If the book were ever made into a movie, that should be the theme song. All in all, Kingston’s Project was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the next great read. Thanks for asking me to review this Carrie, I am honored and also forever changed by your amazing story.

Thanks to Carrie Beckort for the book in exchange for an honest review. Check out Kingston's Promise, as well.


Janine said...

Thanks for the recommendation. This book sounds like one I would enjoy.

Unknown said...

Sound like a good one

cpr040304 said...

I can't find it on Goodreads :(

Carrie Beckort said...

Thanks for the review, Melissa! I'm so glad you enjoyed Kingston's Project, and connected with Sarah and Elijah. I know I fell in love with their story as it came to life when writing it.

Also, for the person who commented that Kingston's Project couldn't be found on Goodreads - I'm sorry you couldn't find it. It's on there - here's a link of that helps.

Geralyn Corcillo said...

Melissa Patafio, you make Carrie Beckort's book sound like a must read...and I will!!!

Carol Fragale Brill said...

Sounds like my kind of story. Thanks for posting