My first impression of the book, was that it was very well written. The heroine seemed likeable. I felt sorry for the poor thing, being completely wi...more My first impression of the book, was that it was very well written. The heroine seemed likeable. I felt sorry for the poor thing, being completely without confidence and saddles with a stuffy, patronising old fiancé who was so obviously wrong for her. The she goes off in search of the man she believes is her father, and everything goes wrong. You really feel for the girl.
Then the story goes flat. It turns into more of a What I Did On My Vacation essay, than an interesting story. The last handful of pages were very sweet, but there was no build-up to get you there. Hopefully the authors later books will be more interesting. Goodreads keep putting her in my recommendations, so I'm sure I'll pick up at least a couple more of her books. This one wasn't -bad- as such. It just had a lot of unfulfilled potential. A light and breezy read for those who are enjoying a lazy vacation weekend, or something along those lines. (less)
It's 1999 and a new millennium looms on the horizon. It's the sort of thing that makes you sit down and contemplate your life. Penny loves beautiful t...moreIt's 1999 and a new millennium looms on the horizon. It's the sort of thing that makes you sit down and contemplate your life. Penny loves beautiful things, but she is married to Daniel, who might be the most stingy man on the planet. To top it off, the only thing he's remotely passionate about, is his cooking. Together, they run the tea house on Mulberry street. One of their guests is Brenda, the starving painter who spends a considerable amount of time writing love letters to Nicolas Cage. Then there's Sadie Smith, family martyr, dieter and unhappily married to pompous, cheating Arnold. Henry Blackstaff is married to Aurora, who loves classic litterature much more than she loves him. Rose has just left her husband, while Clare dreams of a love she left behind many years ago.
This book is quite enjoyable, when you're in the market for some light chick lit and you don't want to think too much. At the same time, there were some clever surprises along the way. The tone of the book is humorous, but this comes out mainly through the characters, not so much the writing itself.
Some characters make a bigger impression than others. My absolute favorite, was Brenda. The girl is utterly insane, in the way that only an artist who doesn't get out much and who breathes plenty of pain fumes, can be. And occasionally prone to violence. But in a funny way. She wouldn't boile anyones bunnies, but she's not above pelting you with her food if you annoy her. Other characters I could have lived without. Clare's story didn't impress me much. I thought it was overly romantic and completely unrealistic. Sadie sets out to get revenge on her hubby, and gets it, of course. I think I can say that much without it being a spoiler. I mean, it's pretty much a given with this kind of book, right? I do wish that she had been more devious. Some of the things that happened, seemed to work out more by coincidence than anything else. All in all, I liked it well enough and would probably recommend it to someone looking for a nice vacation read, or something along those lines. (less)