Courting Mrs. McCarthy
Author:Ian Thomas Malone
Nathan is terrible at relationships… Just ask his absent father, his controlling aunt and uncle…or his ex-girlfriend, Sarah. All he wants is to spend the summer before his senior year relaxing in the sun without any conflict or drama. But when he lays eyes on the beautiful, married mother of three at the opening of a yacht club, all bets are off. Jacqueline McCarthy’s life is nothing but a façade… Her husband is a disgraced former athlete who prefers to have his ego stroked by other women. Jackie fills her empty days with yacht club events with other bored, wealthy housewives she can’t stand, and she’d give anything to truly connect with someone. When she meets Nathan and asks him to watch her children, she is captivated by the handsome, charismatic young man with a swimmer’s body. Jacqueline’s attraction to Nathan doesn’t go unnoticed and one particular vindictive gossip is determined to expose what she considers an unsavory secret. Her campaign of rumors and innuendo—and eventually physical evidence—draws the attention of friends and strangers alike, and threatens to bring their world crashing down. However, sometimes those who are quickest to judge are the last ones who should be throwing stones…
Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)
August 31, 2015
Courting Mrs. McCarthy there is one thing to keep in mind, "However, sometimes those who are quickest to judge are the last ones who should be throwing stones". The book description says it perfectly, but in the end we will do it anyway. We let Media do it for us, schools, the social construct, are friends and neighbors....in today's day and age a 17 year old with someone considerably older than one self is less of a taboo subject no matter how hard we try to keep it there.
Courting Mrs. McCarthy written by Ian Thomas Malone proves just from the first few pages that he has strong writing capabilities, coming off strong in developing his characters, a plot and storyline that is clear but even with string of social issues he does touch on, it feels like the author is holding back. Intentional or not, the author could develop the storyline more, delve more into backgrounds because as much as many wish to think it, actions aren't just black and white there more to the story, normally and generally more complicated.
It comes off to simple to the end, but your writing about something that has more consequences even for those who did not mind then. There is more than angry people and petty threats, a ending does not resolve easy, even when we wish so.
Ian Thomas Malone though set quite a example for future writers of the genre,there is more than one story to be written. Instead of panhandling the same thing over and over again. A strong writer willing not confine oneself to social constraints and to what people feel comfortable with. Pushing boundaries in the written word, this novel overall is a nice read, I just feel the author could have pushed his writing a little further. For not seeing many books as well written with the topics discussed, I feel that is quite minor. The author knew to bring enough understanding to why the character was doing what one chose to do but also left out points that made a little believable but that's a minor fact. I do see many would enjoy this quick and simple read.
About The Author:
Ian Thomas Malone is an author and a yogi from Greenwich, CT. He is a graduate of Boston College, where he founded The Rock at Boston College. He is the grandson of noted Sherlockian scholar Colonel John Linsenmeyer. Ian has published thousands of articles on diverse subjects such as popular culture, baseball, and social commentary. His favorite things to post on social media are pictures of his golden retriever Georgie and his collection of stuffed animals.
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