Tuppence van Harn’s An Inherent Similarity Between Persons or Things is a whirling dervish of a book. There are so many things that I really enjoyed about this story, but there are a handful of issues that really prevent me from making this a four- or five-star review.
An Inherent Similarity Between Persons or Things is the story of Kandi – a recent divorcee living in a dump of an apartment with three cats and not a lot of hope or happiness. And she’s also a lottery winner and soon-to-be millionaire. With her life turning topsy turvy, Kandi’s daily existence becomes a comedy of errors. Almost before she (or I) know what’s happening, Kandi is in limbo financially, professionally, and especially emotionally.
After a whirlwind trip to Germany, the tornado that is now Kandi’s life gets even more twisted. Her winnings may finally be resolved, but nothing else is. It’s a little whacky, but these events are the ones that lead up to my favorite part of the story – when Kandi moves to a small town and really comes into her own.
Tuppence van Harn filled her story with a diverse cast. Some we get to know better than others, but each character is alive on the page; fleshed out and individual. What was really great about the cast of characters is how each played alongside Kandi and how each brought about some evolution in her – whether for better or for worse.
And yet . . . what this book is most in need of is proofreading and editing. The text is full of grammatical mistakes and typos. And, at times I felt the plot got a little too tangled up. It needs more clarity and a stronger flow to ease the reader’s journey and understanding.
With the attentions of an editor to clean up and polish the text, I could very comfortably give An Inherent Similarity Between Persons or Things a four-star rating.
My thanks to the author for graciously gifting me a copy of her novel in exchange for an honest review.
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