- Author: Margaret Locke
- Title: A Man of Character
- Pages: 334 Pages
- Formats: Kindle, paperback
- Availability: Amazon, B&N
- Website: http://margaretlocke.com/
What would you do if you discovered the men you were dating were fictional characters you’d created long ago?
Thirty-five-year-old Catherine Schreiber has shelved love for good. Keeping her ailing bookstore afloat takes all her time, and she’s perfectly fine with that. So when several men ask her out in short order, she’s not sure what to do…especially since something about them seems eerily familiar.
A startling revelation – that these men are fictional characters she’d created and forgotten years ago – forces Cat to reevaluate her world and the people in it. Because these characters are alive. Here. Now. And most definitely in the flesh.
Her best friend, Eliza, a romance novel junkie craving her own Happily Ever After, is thrilled by the possibilities. The power to create Mr. Perfect – who could pass that up? But can a relationship be real if it’s fiction? Caught between fantasy and reality, Cat must decide which—or whom—she wants more.
Blending humor with unusual twists, including a magical manuscript, a computer scientist in shining armor, and even a Regency ball, A Man of Character tells a story not only of love, but also of the lengths we’ll go for friendship, self-discovery, and second chances.
The concept: A bookstore owner receives a book her father intended for her, but it was lost when he passed away and the mysterious book, along with some long forgotten stories she wrote when she was younger… seem to be coming to life.
Character Name: Catherine Schreiber
What works – Catherine is a likable young woman, headstrong, independent on the outside, but aching on the inside. You feel for her and you want her to succeed.
Least Favorite trait: Catherine lost in love once, very hard, and gave up.
Why it works/doesn’t work: I sometimes couldn’t tell if she believed in the ‘oddness’ surrounding the manuscript or not. Having given up on love , as Catherine did, means that when you do find it, you’re more reluctant to believe it, slower to accept it and more afraid of it than you should be.
What I liked:
I really liked the characters that populated the story (and Catherine’s mind) I like that love did matter to her, and she was (finally) able to open herself up to the prospect of love, and being loved.
What I didn’t like:
I didn’t like the ambiguity of the manuscript itself but then again… I’m a lot more mystery and suspense person than romance. I like definitive answers and when it comes to supernatural twists… that isn’t always possible.
This was a delightful story, and I’m looking forward to its sequel (due out soon).