Most Misleading Synopses/ Top 5 Wednesday


Top 5 Wednesday


Hello Wednesdayers. How is it in your end of the book world?  Hope all is bookishly lovely. Today for Top 5 Wednesday  we are talking about “Most Misleading Synopses”:

 Ever read a synopsis and think it sounds dumb, but then you read the book years later and it’s actually amazing? Ever read a synopsis and think it sounds amazing, but it actually turns out to be nothing like the synopsis? Ever have a synopsis spoil something that happens 75% of the way into the book so you just spend most of your time waiting for that one element you already know? This is the topic for you.

I am thinking of just a few that came from the ‘top of my head’, these perhaps may not be the most misleading synopses in my library.


  • The Circle by Dave Eggers  

Summary says:

What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

I say:

Although the flow of the story had a promising ascent, Mae’s story felt flat too many times thus it did not live up to the captivating description

  •  A Wedding In Willow Valley (Silhouette Special Edition) by Joan Elliott Pickart

Summary says:

Laurel Windsong had thought leaving Willow Valley—and her first love, Ben Skeeter—would be the hardest thing she’d ever done. But returning home ten years later proved much more difficult. Rumors swirled around the small town about why she’d come home, if she’d returned for good and whether she and Ben would give in to the undeniable sparks that still flew between them. But she had secrets in her past, demons she needed to conquer, before she’d be able to give Ben her heart. Would he wait for her, or had she lost the only man she’d ever truly loved?

I say:

When I first read the above summary, I felt it cute but albeit cheesy but I still went ahead. It was a small paperback, comfortable read and oh my it was predictable but not the nauseating type. It is a novel to make you believe in love relationships even if you are not  currently in a romantic love relationship. I am still mad  whenever, I think of the story because I borrowed a ____ my copy but she never returned, I stopped playing library.

  • Your Captivating Heart: Unveil the Beauty, Romance, and Adventure of a Woman’s Soul by Stasi Eldredge

Summary said:

Summary says:

A Short Story
A mysterious man brings solace and salvation to a battered slave.

Just that!

I say:

A succint powerful tale of slavery so raw that it propels out all human emotions. So provoking that I wonder if the slaveholders’ of the past conscience would still hold on to the enslaved as mere property.

The author’s pen brilliance for storytelling is immensely visible within the short story. Mary I am empathetic to your pain and struggle.

It far exceeds just the short summary line provided!






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