It's been a long time since I took part in a Novel Publicity blog tour, and I am so glad I did for this one. Sabrina's Window is an amazing book. It was the perfect break I needed from all the paranormal romance, and YA books, I had been reading, reviewing, and writing. As literary fiction goes, this one is as accessible and readable as it gets. It's a story that could have easily been told in a more pretentious way, but by choosing the relatable and simple prose he did, Al Riske penned a sure fire winner.
The unlikely relationship between seventeen year old Joshua and thirty something Sabrina felt natural and organic. It was sweet and endearing, and never once made me feel uncomfortable. It was told in such a way that I found myself almost wishing they would buck convention and get together. Or at least that Sabrina would wait for Joshua to "come of age". This was in fact a coming of age book, but so much more as well.
It was a story about human nature, societies conventions, and the pain of loss. Every chapter brought new revelations into each character and what drove them. It was a richly woven tapestry of everyday life, as beautiful and striking as the desert backdrop it took place in. Riske didn't take the easy way out. He faced the relationship between the two head on, and where he could have left it alone and innocent, he pushed the boundaries as far as he could. Without making me as a reader uncomfortable. The changing points of view, the connection to the characters, the deep understanding of different life stages, all of it made this book flow seamlessly and swiftly. Leaving me wanting more. I found myself thinking about the relationships long after I had put the book down.
I take away lessons from every book I read. Whether it's a lesson about myself, about writing, about the world, a good book challenges you to think. And this one did.
I highly recommend Sabrina's Window, and give it five stars. Accessible and thought provoking. You can't go wrong.
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