Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Wrong Brother / Nancy Brophy

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Mystery/Romantic Suspense

Approximate word count: 55-60,000 words

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Nancy Brophy lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, two dogs, and forty chickens. She says she writes what she loves to read, books with “a strong man who believes he’s in charge until he meets a feisty female who’s not taking a backseat to anybody.” This is her fourth novel. For more, visit Brophy’s website.


Zack Pritchard is a Navy SEAL, home on leave for his sister’s wedding with one goal: avoid Chloe, his brother’s girlfriend, who has fueled his fantasies since the first time he saw her. Zack finds more than he bargained for as his dysfunctional family experiences several crises and that plan to avoid Chloe doesn’t work out at all.


I’ve experienced this too much lately, although I’m chalking it up to the way apparent patterns happen in samples that are completely random. In this case, I’ve had a spate of books with serious copyediting problems. While they vary, many of the stories were good, with no serious problems that I saw. That was the case here.

The Wrong Brother is a romantic suspense with elements of a few other genres. You’ll see a little police procedural and one scene that could have come from an action adventure. The main characters are fun, with a man who thinks he is in charge and a woman who knows she is. The plot includes intrigue, mystery, dealing with a dysfunctional family, and uncovering a villain whose identity I would have never guessed.

If you’re tolerant of copyediting errors (I found one every three to four pages) and like romantic suspense, this book has a lot to offer. If a typo, whether a misspelling, missing or extra word, or homonym error, is going to throw you out of the story, this isn’t the book for you.


Some adult situations and one instance of a word some people get bent out of shape over.

Format/Typo Issues:

A large number of typos and other proofreading errors.

Rating: *** Three stars


James Piper said...

One way for writers to spot these copy edit issues is to listen to the text with a text-to-speech program. Kindle has it built in. Finale, a script writing program, has it. Plus there are free downloadable versions.

No excuse to not use it except being too anxious to get your baby out there. Well. Editing takes time, lots of time and a text-to-speech program helps.

James Piper said...

Finale should be FinalDraft--the industry standard for scripts and plays. Finale is a music score or sheet music program and quite good, but tough learning curve.