Review: Behind the Glass by Kristen Morgen

Behind the Glass by Kristen Morgen
Release Date: June 30, 2014
Publisher: self published
Pages: 184
Source: book provided by the author for review
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Rebecca Jordan’s life is simple, disciplined, and uncomplicated, at least on the surface. Then she meets a handsome stranger/secret admirer named Michael Vale one fateful late night at a bookstore café. As a focused but struggling photographer with a passion for art, her outwardly happy world is turned upside down during this life-changing encounter when she quickly realizes she has met her soul mate. The undeniable attraction between them and their intense, immediate connection seem picture perfect as they discuss the shop’s local artwork, until Rebecca abruptly ends the chance meeting with no explanation.

Betraying Brett, her loyal, loving boyfriend, is something Rebecca can never bring herself to do. Driven by a strong moral code and molded by divorced parents and a tumultuous childhood, she struggles to stay away from Michael, but fate and circumstance intervene, bringing them back together time and time again. As much as she resists, there is no denying her true feelings for him and the simple fact that Michael understands her in a way Brett never has. Michael proves to be everything she’s ever wanted, but remains just out of her reach.

Behind the Glass tells the story of Michael and Rebecca’s extraordinary love and the many unconventional stages their relationship must go through. Their morals and their faith in true love and in each other will be put to the test as they learn that meeting one’s soul mate does not come without obstacles.

 

Review: This story is a portrait of a couple, Rebecca and Michael, and their journey towards the ultimate fulfillment of a relationship. The reader follows along as the couple experiences their first face to face meeting, the attraction they feel toward one another, the guilt of having those feelings, since Rebecca is in a relationship with a guy named Brett, the development of a friendship, then the undeniable fact they are destined to be together and the process they must go through to get to the acknowledgment of love, dealing with pain, fear, betrayal, and slowly healing and growing as individuals and then as a couple.

The book got off to a really good start. The writing was lush, there was an air of mystery to Michael and his interest in Rebecca and I was tingling with anticipation wondering where all this was leading. The path the story took was a little surprising as a huge unexpected plot twist takes Rebecca out of her complacency and suddenly she finds herself feeling more guarded than ever, insecure, and in her own words “lost”.

From there, the story seemed to stall out. Nothing much was happening for a while except for Rebecca dealing with her confused feelings for Brett and Michael and her absolutely paralyzing fear. I lost my initial excitement around this point and I struggled to stay interested a few times.

This period in the book had me waffling back and forth about what rating I should give the book. I wouldn’t say the momentum increased a lot, but the depth of Rebecca’s feelings and the giant steps she begins to take at the this point was refreshing for a New Adult novel, since I often find this genre/ category frustrating.

I did think the author did a great job with developing Rebecca’s character and having her accept her role in the break down of her relationship with Brett, although two wrongs do not make a right. However, this self analysis is cathartic and we can even thank Brett for this in some small way. I was hoping for a little more insight into Michael’s personality. He seemed to be the guy in love, the guy waiting for Rebecca to come around, but we don’t really get a deeper look at him, other than his talent as an artist and a few other insights here and there. I did like his character, but he was kind of bland sometimes.

Over all this is one of the better New Adult novels I have read since it has just the right amount of angst and the characters do have depth and maturity instead of the usual self absorbed, and mind-numbingly shallow characters I often see in this genre. So, I did enjoy Rebecca’s transformation into a stable mature adult and enjoying the security and comfort she has from knowing she is with the right man and admitting his patience and influence has been the catalyst for her present contentment with life.

So, mostly this is a character study focused primarily on Rebecca’s thoughts, feelings, and personal growth. The romance is understated, mostly demonstrated through words and other forms of affection, making this sort of a cerebral romance, but one I came to appreciate and enjoy.

 

Julie