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Now, this was actually my first holiday read because as I mentioned yesterday I ended up taking longer to read The Muse than I initially thought it would. And then when presented with the three books that I had taken on holiday with me this was the one that called to me first.
This was a perfect holiday read. It required almost nothing from me. I just lazed around in my hotel room and on the beach reading away. I blitzed through it. In a couple of days I think it was. I don’t really remember those little details.
I do remember that I didn’t quite hate it. Which sounds bad, but this is just not a genre that I ever think to pick up. It’s just pure chick lit. Which isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s a necessary thing for sure, but it’s just not something that I would pick up unless it was given to me. And this one was.
The story in and of itself is pretty straight forward. It’s a love story at it’s core. One that comes with all the twists and turns that you would expect of a love story. It had this inherently romantic film just by being predominantly set where it was. In a hazy time that seems to be that continual kind of sticky heat that just lends itself so wonderfully to slightly messy love stories.
The thing that drew me in the most was Perry’s writing style. It was so easy to get drawn into the story because of that. The balance between the two intertwining stories was so seamlessly done and well done. It was hard not to get a little bit invested in Jim and Jennifer’s love story and the secrets that are still left to be uncovered from many years before.
The pacing of this story was good. Nothing felt too rushed and I didn’t get closer to the end wondering how it was possible for things to get resolved when there are so few pages left. I liked that it kept switching from present day (well 2015) and 1994, because I am a sucker for anything that plays with linear narrative. But by doing this is sort of allows things to click into place a bit more as more of the puzzle is revealed to you this way. I could go on about the impact of telling a story in this way, but let’s not go into that now.
In terms of characters themselves, they were great within the narrative. But that was kind of the only time I remembered who they were. They didn’t stay with me in any way outside of the book. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, not all stories stick with you in the same way and this was one of those that I liked while reading and gave a shit about what happened to these characters inside the pages of the novel, but kind of didn’t feel that itching to find out what happened to them whenever I put the book down. Jennifer was an interesting character in terms of her complexities and I found her ‘side’ of the story more interesting. I don’t really know why that was, I think I’m just more drawn to female driven narratives sometimes, and this was one of those times. It’s not that there was anything wrong with Jim, I just found myself sometimes not really caring about him or getting a little bored with his ‘side’ of it all.
The revelation of the secret was well done. I didn’t really see it coming up until just before it was going to become apparent what it was. It was the final piece in the puzzle that had fallen into place. I will admit on some level I was a little but surprised by the fact that I didn’t figure it out, I’m usually quite on it when it comes to that. So, yeah there was an element of surprise.
Don’t get me wrong, there were elements of this story that frustrated me but they were out weighed by the parts that caught me off guard and the parts that I enjoyed. They didn’t ruin the story as a whole and to be honest they made sense. They were relevant, but that didn’t change the fact that they really pissed me off and almost made me through the book into the damn sea at one point.
Although I enjoyed the book, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. I mean I might do. If you were looking for something to pick up for a beach holiday, but it’s not high up on the list of books that I would strongly recommend that you read. It’s nice.
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