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The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
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Elin Hilderbrand is a master at character development. You know what the characters think, wear, eat for lunch, and what they thought, wore and ate for lunch 20 years ago, too. I enjoy that type of character development. That being said, what I find odd about her books is the fact that her characters seem to have a heightened sense of responsibility and integrity in some areas and are totally lacking in morals or conscience in other, more obvious areas. Characters have extra-marital affairs without anyone really blinking an eye and yet everyone is just crushed over the idea that they were somehow personally responsible for the boating deaths of the two main characters because no one stopped a mediocre boater from taking the boat out on a windy day. So there's a disconnect there for me. I enjoyed the story an would probably give it a 3.5 but there were definitely times when I wanted to shout to all the characters "pull yourselves together, people."
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