Publication date: 2007
For: Book Group
Things I Liked:
The best part of this book is the touch of magical realism. The magic winds its way throughout and manifests in humorous and unexpected places. The quirky characters were also a delight, particularly Evenelle. These two elements, the magic and the (supporting) characters were what made the read enjoyable to me. I wasn't particularly fond of either Sydney or Claire, but I think their relationship and how it changes was interesting. The book has a nice charm to it as well and is quite easy to read making it a fun beach read.
Things I Didn't Like:
I was not as enamoured of the story and main characters as I expected (my book group members raved about it). They all seemed to act in set ways because that's just How They Are. Also, the writing was not spectacular and I thought that things were not quite as developed as they could have been (both characters and plot). I expected a little bit more than I got, I think, but it was a fun story and would make a great film.
Other Sarah Addison Allen books will doubtless have that same magical realism
Reminded me a little of Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
regularly with a few f-bombs tossed in
a number of rather descriptive instances
Do you have a favorite Sarah Addison Allen book? Should I give her books another try?
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