I would only recommend this book because everyone else liked it. It’s had good reviews everywhere. It is written rather well, and it does end up sweetly. Maybe you just need more patience than I had when I was reading this book.
Despite the far-fetched premise, One Perfect Night starts off at a good pace, with, I was relieved to discover, an unobtrusive Aussie voice. Unfortunately, the plot plateaus halfway through the book. The employee/boss relationship between the main characters is touched on but doesn’t provide enough tension, so the conflicts between the characters are largely external. While it’s great to see a hero who’s had a healthy relationship and, more importantly, acts like he knows how to be in one, Cameron’s internal struggle to let go of his dead wife doesn’t always inspire sympathy. By the same token, the too-happy resolution to Peppa’s conflict, while not unexpected, certainly doesn’t feel realistic. Nevertheless, there’s enough in the story for a quick, enjoyable read.
Who might enjoy it: Drivers of bomby cars they can’t bear to part with Who might not enjoy it: Readers who want realistic portrayals of infertility...more
This is a book to be sped through, then read again and savoured and, when it’s tattered and the pages are curling, passed on to your kids.
Who might enjoy it: Romantics and angst-ridden teens
Who might not enjoy it: Anti-euthanasia cat people
This is the Melina Marchetta I thought I wouldn’t finish. I was so confused, I killed a fairy before I even reached page 50. It was the only way I could get through the start of the book.
Marchetta’s protagonists are defiant, vulnerable, filled with courage and…well, they’re fun. Marchetta gradually ones bombshell after the other all the way to the end of the book, when even seemingly insignificant tidbits come together to complete the story. Keep those tissues handy, because Marchetta will squeeze every emotion out of your soul.
Campbell has gone from strength to strength, and this is her best book so far. Although the bad guy is a caricature of sleaze and nastiness, AshcroftCampbell has gone from strength to strength, and this is her best book so far. Although the bad guy is a caricature of sleaze and nastiness, Ashcroft and Diana are nuanced characters. Campbell balances Diana’s internal conflicts so that she comes across neither mercenary nor stupid. The climax of the story is dramatic, thrilling and, yes, a little over the top—vintage Anna Campbell.
I can almost forgive her use of the term ‘interior passage’. Maybe.
I really, really wanted to like this book. The Family Farm’s blurb shows promise, but a slow plot and lacklustre romance make for a rather dull read.
II really, really wanted to like this book. The Family Farm’s blurb shows promise, but a slow plot and lacklustre romance make for a rather dull read.
I’m not sure what to say about this book, except that I was just so bored by the story and the characters. I think it’s partly Fiona Palmer’s writing style, which is a little more traditional than I prefer. If you like authors such as Anna Jacobs, this novel may certainly work for you; unfortunately, I don’t.
There’s something to Palmer’s story that could have turned out to be a great book, but I felt that lots of elements--character, plot, setting, dialogue--just didn’t come together tightly enough. There’s a lot of faff that don’t really go anywhere. I was disappointed by the romance, and the description of outback life left me underwhelmed.