I tried to read novel and could read every word correctly. But one thing that hindered me was the "connected speech or linking in English". I listened to the audio version of the book but as I listened, some parts they connected the words together but for some parts they didn't.
For example: " the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green..." . As I heard in the audio, I dont know why they didn't link "deep" with "and" but just "deep" + p + "and"
And example 2: "trees—willows fresh and green with every spring...." : should I link "with" with "every" to become "with devery"
My main problem is I dont know where I should link the words and not link (I know all the rules of linking C+V...but sometimes the speaker didn't link C with V that made me confused) , because of that I couldn't read smoothly. And as I listen to the audio, I found it hard to figure out whether the speaker/reader was using linking or not because it 's hard to detect the linking in the audio voice.
Thank you very much for your explanation.