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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In More! by Tammie Rothermel, sixteen-year-old Nikki Moore led a peaceful existence with her parents in the woods of Oley Valley. However, one day in March 1964, she met a mysterious stranger fishing on the banks of a lake, someone that would turn her world upside-down. Nikki is unaware that the dark and enigmatic stranger is none other than Grant Henderson, the lead guitarist from the acclaimed rock band, the Merseymen. They are instantly attracted to each other, and although their six-year age difference is a concern to her parents, Nikki is soon drawn into the exciting world of rock bands, adoring fans, and media intrusion. Nikki and Grant manage to keep their relationship a secret, even after their marriage. But as Nikki tries to acclimate to her new life, it is not long before her own talent as a performer is recognized. Her career explodes, and she is faced with the perils of stardom. Nikki looks forward to a promising future when her world is suddenly torn apart and she has to face an ultimate betrayal. Just as Nikki is picking up the pieces of her life, she is offered a dangerous proposition and an encounter with a secret admirer.
More! by Tammie Rothermel encapsulates the deepest and darkest aspects of human relationships wonderfully. The plot continuously reveals layers of information and exciting plot twists. The characters have been created with a great deal of consideration to ensure their personalities are diverse and interesting. Nikki is an amazing character; her parents instilled such high morals and values in her as a child and these were apparent throughout her interactions with others. She possessed incredible emotional strength and intelligence and also kept her grace and dignity when faced with hurt and betrayal. I also thought Mary was a beautiful soul; she had fantastic perception and integrity. The band's manager and Grant were realistic personalities, and their actions were both believable and compelling. The dialogue was superb and relayed the emotions and mindset of the characters perfectly too. The plot reveals a darker side of fame and the negative aspects such as overbearing fans, media intrusion, and how financial gain overrides personal happiness. The ending was spectacular and filled with excitement and tension as Nikki becomes entangled in a dangerous situation. Her character develops gradually and realistically throughout the story, and the next chapter in her life is definitely going to be interesting.