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  • 12/2018
  • 9780692893999 0692893997
  • 254 pages
  • $12.95
A Good Knight: A memoir of my arduous search for one good man

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

Former beauty queen, Robyn Brodie, is still single at the age of 32. After a seven-year relationship she assumed would lead to marriage, she breaks off the engagement. Yet, she wants to be unlonely and desires the experience of marriage and family in the traditional sense. Robyn is not encouraged by her chances however, given the tick of the biological clock, mixed with lack of available prospects. So, she takes some crazy advice to put out an APB for her future husband! The advisor insists it will only work if Robyn is committed to going out with whomever asks. Hilarity ensues as Robyn journeys to find A Good Knight through a barrage of fascinating characters, which also parallels her underlying search for self-respect. Built on the arc of a novel, this humorous memoir is narrated in Creative Non-Fiction and alludes to canonized literary greats who provide comfort along the way.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Idea/Concept: In an energetic and charming story, a former beauty queen finds herself unexpectedly single and sets out to find a partner, whatever it takes. 

Prose: Reading somewhat like a romantic comedy throwback, this memoir showcases the author’s bold, frequently awkward, often amusing, and ultimately satisfying journey to find love. 

Originality: Stories of dating following the demise of a long relationship, are common territory, but Brodie’s self-awareness, humor, and refusal to give up on romance, heightens the reading experience.

Execution: Brodie emerges as a fully sympathetic and sincere character in her own story. The casual writing style, paired with well-rendered dialogue and description, will gratify readers of romantic fiction and stories of second chances.

Date Submitted: January 23, 2020

Reviews
Amazon

This beauty queen can write! In this laugh-out-loud memoir of the narrator's search for "one good knight" (a man of future husband material), Robyn Brodie introduces a cast of men the likes of which one expects only to encounter in fiction. Brodie's writing style is so candid and intimate (and funny!) that you will feel as though you are her new best friend, learning all the horrors and humilities that happen when one is single and searching.

After reading the description, I was a little hesitant that the book would wallow in self-pity or be overly-sentimental and read like a boy-crazy girl's guide to landing "the one." On the contrary, I was pleasantly surprised by the narrator's independence and moxie as well as her well-placed allusions to literature that I, too, love. While searching for her knight, she makes plenty of self-discoveries. This is a narrator you will root for and laugh with and cry with. Imagine Jane Austen in the 21st century. That's this book.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2018
  • 9780692893999 0692893997
  • 254 pages
  • $12.95

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