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Jack Townsend and Nina Lawrence were a couple for three years, four months, and ten days (according to Nina's mother, Marie, who has kept count while faithfully attending confession and observing saint's days). They nearly made it to the altar, but Nina got cold feet. Now Jack landscapes rich people's gardens in Washington, D.C., and plays hoops with his buddies, while ...more
Published June 1st 1995 by St. Martin's Press
(first published May 1st 1994)
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I sometimes pick up books at the library based on their titles, with little regard for who the author is or whether or not they were well-reviewed. This was one of those books. While the author had fun creating interesting characters, the storyline moved to the end with every cliche in the writing arsenal. Still, Ackerman's references to Washington, DC neighborhoods and his protagonist's way of analyzing romantic situations by opera references sparked the reader's interest. It was an easy read ...more
I have been reading light romantic comedies for years - always from a woman's perspective, however. This story follows Jack, the jilted lover of Nina, through his confusion about the break-up and how he relates to her family, with whom he is still close. Her family thinks she's crazy for dating her "new guy," and so does Jack. The new guy's not even a good Catholic! And so it goes for an entirely entertaining read.
This is a fun read, especially if you are familiar with the DC neighborhoods referenced by the author (Glen Echo Heights, Mohican Hills, Friendship Heights). To me the writing is very reminiscent of Pat Conroy, with very entertaining storytelling, romance, some poignant undertones, and of course, man's best friend, Danny, possibly my favorite character in the whole book.