Date Published: January, 2011
Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Acquired? Gifted to by Author
Contemporary (some Suspense)
Frank Baldwin, a bitter and disillusioned young man just out of high school, accepts a temporary job that takes him to an isolated section of the California coast. There he meets Sylvia, a beautiful young woman from a mysterious family. Frank soon finds himself deeply in love with this intriguing woman but the enigma surrounding her family haunts him. Unanswered questions about these people plague him. As his feelings for Sylvia grow, concerns about her family threaten their relationship, and Frank fears, his own safety. Driven by love, one that he expects can never be, Frank agonizes over the bitter choices he faces. Can he find happiness with Sylvia, or is the road he is traveling littered with dangers that will spell his doom? The Corner Window is a novel of heart twisting emotion mixed with a measure of suspense and intrigue that draws inevitably to a shattering conclusion.
Just graduating high school and not planning to go to college at the time you have no choice but to step out on your own…. your future is undecided and you have no idea what types of adventures and challenges you will face on the road ahead of you.
Frank does just that. He accepts a part time job redoing a beach house; I feel he chose that job specifically to build up money for college, spend the summer on the beach, and to get away from being in the middle of his divorced parents with their constant negativity towards each other. Taking the job Frank probably never guessed that he would fall for a mysterious girl that lives down the beach who can rarely leave her home. Not knowing much about Sylvia and her family is what draws Frank in and the wanting to know more about her is what I feel keeps him hooked. While falling for this mystifying girl he is gaining self worth and a great work ethic that you can tell he will carry for the rest of his life. The characters are real and gritty which makes you love them and get invested in their lives.
This story is filled with so much growth, love, secrets, and a bond that will last through their ages. I did not expect so much good from the book because the cover was so dark and ominous. (Yes, I judged the book by its cover, LOL) Even though the ending was a bit gripping I felt the entire story was about young love and, for Frank, discovering whom he wanted to be in life. Unfortunately at times I felt there was a lot of dead space, mostly when Frank was working on the house, I felt there could have been more to those parts. Over all, the story was an enjoyable read.
My Rating: 3.5 Bookshelves