Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I hate to have to say it, but the writing was just abysmal. The dialogue (and Hannah's internal dialogue in particular) was just completely unbelievable. It was trite and sappy and stilted. Not at all what I was expecting, even from fairly straight up women's lit. It read like a bad romance novel, which, I suppose, is exactly what it was, although it was really trying to be more on the women's lit side of things. The characters were all static and one dimensional and the foreshadowing was so heavy that the big "secret" was blatantly obvious from the beginning of the book, as was the resolution. I was also really annoyed by some major editing errors, like the appearance of a church "Alter Society" rather than "Altar Society".
This is one of the books that fully illustrates why I have a two part rating system. The writing was indeed terrible, but I still couldn't put the book down. I knew what the secret was, but I still wanted to finish the book and find the resolution that I saw coming a million miles away. It was a good, mind-numbing beach read - the plot was intriguing enough to keep me interested and the writing was poor enough that I didn't have to expend much brain power. I also read a good bit in the car on the way home from Savannah and it made for a good road trip book too. I can't say I really cared deeply about the characters, who were all pretty stock, but the plot was decently paced and kept my interest for the most part and it didn't require much concentration.
I can't really say I recommend this one because the writing was just not that good. I'd say if you're on vacation and this is on the shelf in the beach house you're staying at and you have nothing else to read, it's worth picking up. Otherwise, you can probably do better with some Jodi Picoult or Anna Quindlen.
Thank you to TLC for sending me the book for review and feel free to click here and see the rest of the reviewers on the tour!
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Posted by Julie G at 12:46 PM