This book served its purpose for me as a "time distractor" while traveling by plane - especially on one with a two-hour delay! Not exactly a high reco...moreThis book served its purpose for me as a "time distractor" while traveling by plane - especially on one with a two-hour delay! Not exactly a high recommendation, huh?! I found most of the characters rather shallow. Each couple mentioned seemed to be mismatched to me. I had a hard time buying into the long relationship between the married basketball coach(Mick) and the divorced cardiologist(Genie). I also found many parts unbelievable - how the affair could last this long without the wife(Karn) knowing; why the coach would take a chance on taking his daughter to his mistress, where the wife would meet her; the "accident" on the bedpost; etc. When the wife and mistress became friends, that was over the top for me. I did not feel that the relationship between the cardiologist and her daughter(Claudia) was very well developed. They just seemed to get together every so often.
At least it was a fast read, and had enough in it to prevent a rating of one star. It did make me think about what this would be like in real life. I felt sorry for all of them - an unhappy marriage for both the coach and his wife; a waste of time for the divorced mom (other than her weekly meeting with him). I thought it would have been a better read, had we not been told about the coach's death in the beginning.
As an aside element, I was annoyed with some of the doctors' methods and philosophy of doing whatever it takes to make more money - that part was way too true and sad! (less)
Comparisons to GWTW and Thornbirds? ... NOT EVEN CLOSE! I ordered this book from the library with great anticpation. I hadn't read a good romantic sag...moreComparisons to GWTW and Thornbirds? ... NOT EVEN CLOSE! I ordered this book from the library with great anticpation. I hadn't read a good romantic saga for quite some time. I started out liking this book, but as I got further and further into it, it got weaker and weaker: too much foreshadowing, too much repetition, unbelievable characters, immature writing. There was very little romance or suspense to the plot. The relationship between Mary and Percy held my interest for a while, but the other pairings were so contrived, sudden, and not very exciting. The author didn't take time to develop the characters of later generations. They seemed to be introduced and follow the same paths of their ancestors. It was a page-turner in that I had to see how this ended, and luckily, it was a fast read; but unfortunately I quickly went from an initial rating of 4 down to a final 1. (less)
I chose this because I usually enjoy reading about Ireland or its people, and also, I was hoping to find a new series to delve into. I did not find th...moreI chose this because I usually enjoy reading about Ireland or its people, and also, I was hoping to find a new series to delve into. I did not find this to be a particularly well-written book. (I forgot, I wonder if he ended sentences in prepositions, too? :) I don't think I will follow this series. (less)