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Fast read. Really enjoyed the 1st half of the book. After a while though the story line reminded me of the movie 'Beaches'. I liked that movie. The plot just got too unbelievable in the book though. When Claire had a brain tumor and her estranged, top lawyer sister ended up falling in love with a homeless looking man named Joe who turned out to be a top Seattle surgeon, who then realized that her brain tumor could be operated on, it was a bit corny. The surgery is successful and Claire lives and continues her happy life as a newlywed to an aspiring, hot country singer with her cute daughter Ali. Just a bit too much.
I loved that the setting of the book was in Seattle, but the landmarks didn't correspond accurately to how they are in real life. That was a bit distracting and disappointing. The author is from the NW, so there's no excuse.