If I could say, (as someone suggested to me about Twilight,) “Skip the first couple chapters”. I recommend you do the same. It flows well after you get past the awkward beginning. I, too suffer from writing books that begin awkwardly, because hooking the audience and description of characters is hard. Plain and simple. In a book, you rewrite those first chapters over and over again, unless you are a seasoned pro, the ones at the beginning are always the nails in the coffin. This book was no exception. I quit reading it twelve times, read reviews, good and bad and then let it sit. I even threw it back up in the cloud so I didn’t see it. I picked it up this morning with fresh eyes, and started it again, about 4 chapters in. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. I will recommend this one, but I will also recommend you do not give up after the first few chapters. It is well worth reading, and it is a beautiful story, and it makes me want to visit Brazil even more than I did before. As for the book, just keep swimming, you won’t regret it.
* I was given this book in exchange for an honest review