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The Book of Revelations


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This book is a page-turner! Drama, family, and fame. Ryan and Christine have an interesting dynamic and must reckon with their past.

Quarantine presents a great opportunity to do some light reading, and The Book of Revelations by Idelle Kursman provides a welcome escape. Kursman has made an exciting novel that will satisfy those looking for a little drama. The story follows the separate lives of Christine Goldberg and Ryan Monti. Years ago, they were a young couple in love. Now, Ryan is a successful Hollywood actor hoping to win an Oscar. Christine has given up her modeling career, and she now has twins and a husband. Though they have not seen each other since their breakup, Ryan and Christine are forced to reckon with their past after a devious journalist learns that Christine’s twins are Ryan’s children. He blackmails Ryan and threatens to go public with the news.  

           The story is an emotional rollercoaster. Before I started reading this book, I didn’t anticipate how sad it would be. Christine, Ryan, and Daniel each have some emotional moments that add a beautiful tenderness to the story. It was really touching to see Ryan’s character growth. He went from being a womanizer to a man trying to make up for his past mistakes. Some of the scenes with Christine’s husband, Daniel, also really pull at the reader’s heart strings. I felt torn with my own emotions going through a range of feelings along with the characters. It's not all sad though! The drama between Ryan and Christine kept me flipping the pages. Christine recounts her experience after their initial breakup and the scene is so dramatic. It made the book really interesting.

           There is a lot of buildup that leads to Ryan and Christine finally meeting after so many years apart. In fact, the book takes almost 200 pages before they finally meet. The readers can really get a sense of who Ryan and Christine are, which made it really interesting when they finally meet again. Unfortunately, I felt frustrated that I had to wait so long before they finally met face-to-face. After the long wait, I was excited to see what their dynamics would be like because they had grown into such different adults. I was expecting a lot more sexual tension or friction between them, and their chemistry fell flat. I felt, at times, that they lacked a natural chemistry. Overall, the book has some really intense and engaging moments, but the narrative struggled with a lot of repetition.

           I would recommend this book to you if you enjoy rom-coms or YA novels. I noticed some similarities between this book and the movie, Forever My Girl. I think there is something in here for everyone! If you like drama, action, or if you just need a cathartic cry then you will find all that here. This book is a great reminder of the unifying force of family and the power of love.

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About the author

Idelle Kursman is the author of the thriller True Mercy, which was a Red Ribbon winner of the Wishing Shelf Book Awards. She lives in New Jersey. Visit her at view profile

Published on May 10, 2020

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80000 words

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Genre: Literary Fiction

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