On August 20, author J.B. Richards posted her four-star review of Duby’s Doctor as part of the Indies Helping Indies Book Review Project (IHIBRP). Below is the text of Ms. Richards’ review.
“You’ll have to keep your sense of intuition in check once you dive into Iris Chacon’s mystery romance novel, Duby’s Doctor, since what appears to be a simple romance read on the outside is [a] very…different [story] on the inside. Although Chacon’s opening chapters seem standard fare for a romantic setup—doctor meets mysterious and handsome patient, who turns up out of nowhere, and saves his life and limb—hidden clues and markers provide great clarity into the true identity of amnesiac “Jean Deaux” (the “John Doe” equivalent [with which] the hospital staff has dubbed their enigmatic, French-speaking mystery man, Yves Dubreau).
“A light read for the most part, Duby’s Doctor alternates between serious drama and light comedy as Chacon takes the reader through Doctor Mitchell Oberon’s purposeful quest to discover Jean/Yves’s past while tending to his scars—both outer and inner. Jean/Duby is a character who has suffered a significant brain trauma—who must learn to speak, read, write, and mature from a 5-year-old level to his current age of maturity—and whom Chacon has imbued with great depth of character despite his new childlike personality[. As well, Chacon has met] the challenge of creating the good doctor and other primary characters involved in solving the mystery of Jean Deaux’s true and complex identity.
“The author’s keen sense of humor and irony combine to lend flavor and drama to the tale, as we see Doctor [Oberon] morph from the role of medical professional [into that of] Duby’s personal caretaker[. This] situation…puts her in a most unenviable, oftentimes embarrassing, and eventually grave position.
“The…book does not lack descriptive passages either; [Chacon’s] bright and colorful visions of her home state, Florida, are put to paper in a way that…will instantly entertain [readers] as they are led through lush green landscapes, sandy beaches swaying with palm trees, and lavish mansions where crime bosses and warlords plot and play. Well written and competently told, Duby’s Doctor is a fine weekend read that I would recommend to most anyone. ”
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Reviewer Bio: JB Richards’ debut novel, Miriamne the Magdala – The First Chapter in the Yeshua and Miri Novel Series, was voted a Top 10 Best Historical Fiction Novel, Top 20 Best New Adult Novel, and Top 50 Best Young Adult Novel in the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards (SIBA’s). Richards has also earned a Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Seal.
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