TEXTUAL HEALING By Eric Smith [Review ]

Textual Healing

TEXTUAL HEALING by Eric Smith is quirky. In fact, I have a funny feeling when he sat down to write this book that word was first and foremost in his mind. Textual Healing has the feeling of an indie film, one of those feel-good small budget films like Ten Inch Hero, full of interesting characters, almost real-life situations and a sweetly romantic comedy.

Andrew “Ace” Connor is thirty, a former bestselling author whose one-time bestseller is now languishing in the bargain bin at the local Barnes and Noble. To add to his woes, his girlfriend and “muse” (not that he’s written a word in years) has left him for greener pastures. The bookstore he owns is full of interesting employees and he has to deal with a ninja florist who speaks in haiku.

Like I said, quirky.

There is a lot to like in Textual Healing, like those indie films, I found myself drawn into Ace’s world for the most part. There are times when his inner dialog is a little… hmm… annoying, but I am almost ready to forgive him that, because for the most part I like him. I sympathize with his plight and his frustrations as he stumbles through his life. The ancillary characters are a definite plus to the story and keep it from becoming just a bit too much.

The problem with Textual Healing is it’s kind of like a nice, slightly unusual dessert. It’s sweet and has a bit of character, but when all is said and done, what you remember is the sweet, the slightly unusual flavor and not much else. This is not the kind of book that I pull off my shelves to read again and again. It was nice, I liked it. If asked I would say, sure, read it, there are points that will make you laugh out loud, but don’t expect anything deep, no revelations about life and the universe.

But then again, maybe we need a few books that are just that. Quirky, funny and sweet.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Authorhouse | Pages: 280 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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