So, this was my first National Readers Choice Awards read for the contemporary romance category now being judged. It was really a great novel! I seemed to speed through the entire thing in just one day. Couldn’t get enough of the fascinating characters and
storyline that was just so engrossing!
I was pleasantly surprised by Ms. Hartman’s debut as a contemporary romance author, and I look forward to her next release. I would absolutely read this book again, and I hugely recommend it to anyone who loves that “happily ever after”! One not to be missed!
~ Nance Wappingers Falls, NY
5.0 out of 5 starsFive Star Page-Turner, September 20, 2012
Having grown up in a small town in Oklahoma, I could definitely relate to Evie, in Katie Z. Hartman's novel, Square 1. And especially so, since I moved to New York City and lived there many years. The author of Square 1 is a beautiful young lady who knows how to write beautifully and with creative flair. I loved the way this first time author used dialogue to make me feel as though I was right there in the midst of the action. I believe readers will also love the characters and their persona. This is a story about growing up and of love and loss; the heartfelt tribulation of dealing with the loss of a loved one, picking up the pieces and moving on in a positive and loving way... I believe readers may shed a few tears while leafing through this novel, but you will also laugh as you
read this page-turner.
I smiled through the tears and thought the thunder applauded as the rain came down in sheets when the love of Evie's life pleaded, "Evie, my love, marry me." It felt like déjà vu and the planets aligning with everything falling into place.
This book is definitely a "Yes".
By Jeannie Walker (New York, NY) - Award Winning Author of "Fighting the Devil" A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder
I read this book not really knowing what to expect but I got totally swept up in it. Being from a small town myself, it was nice to read how beautiful our state could be from a natural writer's perspective. Katie has such a familiar style of writing and created very relatable and loveable characters. My mother read it in a couple of days and liked it so much my stepdad read it and they both loved it! She asked me if Katie has any more books out that she could read. I have told all my friends about this book and described it as a "read it while you eat chocolate in a bubble bath" kind of book.
I can't wait to write a review on her next book!
This story by first-time author Katie Z. Hartman grabs your attention with the very first sentence and keeps you turning pages throughout. I laughed out loud and I cried real tears as Hartman took me through the triumph of love after the tragedy of loss. You will be sorry (and surprised) when the book ends because you will have become so attached to the characters. I am looking forward to a second book by this great young author!
I just finished reading this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a wonderful cast of characters and a story line that has you laughing one minute and wanting to cry the next. I certainly hope there will be other novels to follow from this author.
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