Friday, February 14, 2014

Book Review: Prime of Life

Book synopsis:
Ben used to be a cardiothoracic surgeon before he suddenly abandoned his career and became a janitor at a retirement facility. Now, other than dealing with minor problems such as an unhealthy obsession with prime numbers, an inept boss, and a feud between two cantankerous retirees, he lives a relatively stress-free life. There is even hope for romance when an attractive podiatrist shows an interest in him. But it is not long before his past catches up with him and his carefully protected world begins to unravel. He is forced to face deep issues about life, love, and God head-on, rather than hide behind his cleaning cart. 
(C) Worthy Publishing

This is a wonderful comedic book that gives a look at life when mistakes are made or things go wrong that we never planned. P.D. Bekendam is the author of this masterpiece, and he has a unique way of giving the reader a glimpse into the quirks, mannerisms and personalities of each character. His descriptions of buildings, resident's homes, and the surrounding area weave a clear picture of the setting for the reader. 
I fell in love with the main character, Ben, and was drawn into his romance with Lex. The realistic, believable, cantankerous residents of Heritage Garden added humor, compassion and plausibility to this wonderfully entertaining storyline. I hated to see the story end, but I hope that Bekendam will continue to add to this collection!
As a writer who wrote her first three books in first person present, it was refreshing and encouraging to see that it can be done and done well. I gained a new perspective for the craft of fictional writing, too.

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