Behind the Glass

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Reviewed By: Jessica Prieto

I thought that it would be fitting since we had chosen Kristen as our May author spotlight to write a review for her debut novel, Behind the Glass.

I must say that I am not typically drawn to the romance genre. Don’t get me wrong, I love when a bit of romance peeks its way into my normal fantasy and sci-fi books, but I think the only true romance books I have read have been the Twilight Saga, and those still involve werewolves and vampires.

Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Right from the beginning I was hooked to Rebecca’s story of love and hardship.

“As she looked at him, her heart jumped and she silently caught her breath. An equal mix of excitement and panic shot through her as he started walking directly toward her, his beautiful eyes locked onto hers again.”

Behind the Glass, pp. 16-17

The main protagonist of this novel is Rebecca, an aspiring photographer. She works two jobs, one to support herself while the other gets her some much-loved photography experience. She has a wonderful, loving boyfriend and some of the best friends a girl could ask for. However, her entire world is flipped upside down when she meets Michael, an art-loving gentleman who frequents the coffee shop Rebecca goes to every week. The book follows Rebecca’s journey to find true love, despite the many obstacles in her path.

Kristen does an amazing job of setting up the world that this story is set in. It’s modern, and I absolutely loved the coffee shop, Behind the Glass. It was a place where I would go every chance I could! I would love to just get coffee and sit in the upstairs, curled up with a good book or with my notebook. There were other locations that scenes took place in, such as Rebecca’s apartment and Vale Ranch. All of them were described well, though some more fully than others.

Both of the protagonists, Rebecca and Michael, were characters that I found myself rooting for ten pages into the book. Rebecca is a reserved, quiet character who wants to become a professional photographer. Michael is the definition of a gentleman, who also has a strong love of art. Despite their immediate connection, both of these characters show strong moral codes. They are both tested, at times, to forget Rebecca’s relationship with Brett. However, what I loved so incredibly much about this book is that they both refused to sacrifice their morals for love. To me, it made their story even sweeter and stronger.

My only critique of the book would be just how quickly they seemed to be in love. They only talked for a few minutes, maybe three times, when Michael already knew that he loved Rebecca. For me, this was just a little fast. I would have preferred to see their relationship develop over a longer period of time, with more interactions. However, for those who believe in love at first sight and soulmates, this book may be perfect for you!

Overall, I loved this book, and it is one that I am honored to have on my bookshelf. If you love a good summer romance read, I highly recommend it.

My Overall Review of Behind the Glass

Characters: 8/10 – These characters were incredibly interesting to me. They were all flawed, yet they had incredible moral codes. However, they may have been just a touch too good.

Setting: 9/10 – Her description of Behind the Glass, the small coffee shop/bookstore that Rebecca frequents was amazing. It is a place that I would love to go to and spend hours there. Kristen does a great job at describing and developing her many other settings in this novel, as well.

Plot: 9/10 – The story kept me hooked, constantly rooting for Rebecca and Michael’s love to triumph. However, their relationship seemed a little quick for me, but it wasn’t enough that it took away from the story.

Description: 10/10 – Kristen does an amazing job of describing the people and settings. I could picture everything clearly in my head.

Grammar: 9/10 – I found just one missing quotation mark, but other than that, her grammar and formatting were impeccable.

Overall Score: 45/50 – This was an incredibly good book, and I am looking forward to reading anything else that Kristen publishes! I highly recommend it for any lovers of a good romance!

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