A Man of Character by Margaret Locke – Review

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.

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As a teen, Author Margaret Locke pledged to write romances when she grew up. Once an adult, however, she figured she ought to be doing grown-up things, not penning steamy love stories. Yeah, whatever. Turning forty cured her of that silly notion. Margaret is now happily ensconced back in the clutches of her first love, this time as an author as well as a reader. Margaret lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with her fantastic husband, two fab kids, and two fat cats. You can usually find her in front of some sort of screen (electronic or window; she’s come to terms with the fact that she’s not an outdoors person). Please visit her at margaretlocke.com.

My Review – 

I loved this book! And before I write my review, I have to say that when I saw the second book excerpt at the end, I was super excited.

This storyline – having characters from stories you wrote about the perfect man come to life – is a new one to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. Not to give away too much of the story, I found it quite interesting how the “perfect” men of Catherine’s stories came to life and she fought a hard battle with her feelings before realizing that what was perfect man at the time she wrote the story, wasn’t necessarily her perfect man now. The book is about her journey and the discovery of a special power that she has that she is unaware of and friendship and romance.

The writing was great; sentences well-formed. I love intelligent dialogue and this book had it. I am not talking about dialogue above anyone’s head, just great writing. And, I did not find one grammatical error, which if you follow my reviews you know that I am a stickler for errors. I spot them too easily and so I find them quite distracting. I do want to say that if I receive a book that clearly states “uncorrected proof” I do not comment on the errors I find, but I do expect a completed book to be pretty much error free.

I am giving A Man of Character five stars. It’s a great book with a brilliant storyline, developed characters and you won’t want to put it down.

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