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Leaving Montana Paperback – July 7, 2014
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Tom and I met through Facebook and I featured him on my blog a while ago. We both had our book releases this month - only three days apart. Tom sent me his book as a thank you for the feature. (I know I still owe you mine, Tom!) His book had been sitting on my "must-read" pile for a couple of weeks. Just to give you a snapshot of the pile - there are currently 16 books on the armchair in my room that I need to read. (Damn you Amazon One-Click!)
Tom has been promoting his book all over the internet. I read an excerpt that he posted, and I was hooked. I tore into the book that same night. I finished it the next day. I couldn't put it down. Honestly, that doesn't happen to me very often. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I blew off my work for a book. (And the last Harry Potter is included in that handful.) Tom's book is that good.
I immediately disliked Benjamin, the main character, for his arrogance. But I also immediately liked him because he was honest about his arrogance. From the minute Benjamin woke up early in the morning to catch his flight to Montana, I had to know why. Why did he want to visit a place that was filled with so many unhappy memories for his parents?
I also had a ton of questions about Benjamin's parents. On one page, they're getting a divorce. The next page, they're back together. They go back and forth for years. Why? What keeps them together?Read more ›
However, I do not understand how this book could have received several awards; the judges apparently don't know proper English grammar. Doesn't anyone proofread?
I would have rated the book a 5 if not for the numerous errors.
Colombian, NOT Columbian.
Inappropriate use of dashes where there should be commas.
There is a reference to hunting deer with a shotgun. No, no!
Several errors with the verb "to lay." Lay low...just lay here, etc. Arrrrgh!
Numerous uses of "could care less." To "care less" means that one still has some interest in the matter. Correct is "couldn't care less."
"felt badly" - should be "felt bad." You don't feel badly unless your hands are damaged.
"alright" -- all right. Technically "alright" is not a word.
"I did not want to SCAR any more housekeepers."
"coffee clutch"...coffee klatch
back to back cups...back-to-back cups
"she allowed my Aunt and I..."wanted to speak with Max and I"... Arrrrgh! She allowed I?...wanted to speak with I?
Many uses of "try and." This is commonly used but it is incorrect. Substitute "try" with "attempt" and see how that works!
"twenty-somethings" not "twenty something's"
Again, doesn't anyone proofread? Quentin Whitfield is listed as the editor. He is clearly unqualified to be an editor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Leaving Montana exceeded my expectations as a reader! I could not put it down and found myself intrigued right away. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Christine dilorenzo
It's a wonderful story with realistic characters and a great message.Published 4 days ago by Samantha O'Connor
Thomas is able to weave multiple narratives together to create a heartwarming story. His book addresses many issues about families and how people can overcome those issues. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
A page turner that kept me interested right to the end. It was one of those stories that you don't want to end, but also want to know how it ends. Read morePublished 13 days ago by KAREN INGALLS
I have just encountered, and I most certainly DO say "encountered" "Leaving Montana" by Thomas Whaley. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary S.
Growing up in Billings, Montana, the title and setting for part of the story initially attracted me in addition to the strong ratings and reviews. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Whittington
As I turned each page I was Ben, I was Carmela, I was Rosa...each character sparked a feeling and a memory. We are all flawed, we are all perfect. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jean Brown
This genre isn't what I usually read, but I had to have this book because I was curious about it. Especially since this book was written by one of my elementary school teachers,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer