May 10, 11
Read in May, 2011
Aidan Donnelley Rowley is a good writer, so it's a shame that her talent produced this trite novel about attractive, wealthy, successful people living in Manhattan that is full of more cliches than actual substance.
I disliked all the characters, especially their pretentious, classic "chick-lit" novel names (Sage, Quinn, Avery, Phelps...), and found them all to be annoyingly self-centered. The novel means well - I think it is supposed to be about learning that everyone makes mistakes and how to forgive and love in spite of that.
However, the author skirted over major issues without providing resolution, making it difficult to follow along as a reader. More importantly, I had little sympathy for anyone in the book, especially the main character who just seemed to whine about everything - her great job, her loving parents, her doting fiance, her ex who's still in love with her...
I do enjoy a good chick-lit novel every now and then, but this is one I just can't recommend.