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A Song in the Daylight

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Larissa Stark is a beautiful woman who plays many roles in her life: wife, mother, devoted friend. She has everything she ever wanted, until a chance encounter with a stranger changes Larissa's idyllic existence forever, leading her to question all the things she once believed were true. Faced with impossible choices and contemplating the unthinkable, Larissa struggles wit ...more
Hardcover, 766 pages
Published 2009 by HarpersCollins Publishers Ltd.
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Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paullina Simons can’t do any wrong in my eyes, this book is no exception. Warning: this book is like crack.

It's been a long time since I completely devoured a book like I did with "A Song in the Daylight." This has to have been the fastest 767 pages of my life. It didn't even feel like it. When I sat down with this everything else ceased to exist in my world. It put a spell over me. You might even say that this book took over my world. And when I wasn't obsessing over it, I was thinking about it
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Why, oh why did I let all the terrible reviews here on Goodreads sway me from buying this one sooner? Paullina Simon's does not put ONE foot wrong. I also admit i felt a bit intimidated by the size of the thing! But all I can say is, WOW. Like Paullina's other novels I have read (TBH, Tully, Eleven Hours) she has a remarkable ability to engage you so closely with all of the characters. Once I turned the last page, I almost collapsed from emotional exhaustion. I was so highly wrung with sadness a ...more
Aug 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
Hated this book with a passion. Couldn't put it down as I just wanted to find out what happened next and hoped like mad that the main character would redeem herself (she didn't). What could drive Paullina Simons to write this, I have no idea. At the end, I nearly threw the book across the room. Will not lend to anyone as it is SO depressing and aggravating. One of the most selfish characters I have ever 'met'.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Mar 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I consider myself an open minded person, so when I picked this book up I was ready to understand Larissa, to empathise with her. Because all humans have hidden desires, secret passions which can make us go crazy, lose direction, forget right or wrong. So I started this story full of good intentions, ready to follow Larissa and struggle with her until the end, whatever it had to be.
I won't spoil nothing for you, don't worry, you know that she leaves with her lover on the first chapter, so that be
Sam Still Reading
Jan 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody. Ever.
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: Christmas present
Ugh. What a terrible book. The plot is unoriginal, the book is about 300 pages too long, the characters unlikeable and a pathetic ending.
This is not the Paullina Simons of The Bronze Horseman; had this work been submitted by another author, I think it would have undergone severe editing rather than a rush print to meet the Christmas rush.
Larissa, the main character, is boring and can't make up her mind. She's a whiner, whingy who would just like someone to decide for her even though she cloaks h
Jan 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am a fan of Paullina Simons' earlier books, so I thought this would at least be okay. However, I simply hated the main character, Larissa. There is always going to be controversy in a character who leaves her husband and 3 children without so much as a note, but even if you took that away, she was so selfish in her friendships and I could see no redeeming qualities in her personality or the way she interacted with people. At several times during the book we were told by various characters what ...more
Nov 29, 2009 rated it liked it
I feel emotionally exhausted and quite melancholy after finishing this book. It was a brilliant tale, very well written with believable characters, but everyone suffered so very much and it was just so heartwrenching and that is difficult when you don't care for the characters. I felt a similar way about Tully. In fact Larissa in many ways goes through the same struggles that Tully did.

That said, it wasn't on the same level as The Bronze Horseman Trilogy or Red Leaves and Girl in Times Square. I
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Barbara Elsborg
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I am emotionally wrung out after finishing this one! I'm a great admirer of Paullina Simons - I think I've read all of her books. I especially love Tully. A song in the Daylight takes the reader on a similar angst ridden journey. It's hard to love the heroine - Larissa - who walks away from her husband and children to be with a young guy she believes is the love of her life - a man she simply cannot stand to be without. I think Ms Simons portrayed an accurate portrait of a besotted woman that sa ...more
Dec 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
I was really disappointed with the last quarter of this book. The firs three quarters were brilliant. It has left me wondering if there is going to be a follow on book or did Paullina just have to finish this book in a hurry????
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Karen by: A twitter friend
I haven't read anything from Paullina Simons for quite some time, but have always had her books on my wish-list. I recently had a book store voucher and went looking for another of Paullina's titles, but they did not have it in stock. I was hesitant to read this book due to the number of negative reviews, but after reading some of them, it seems the only issue was that readers had very strong opinions about the main character, Larissa. Now to me a sign of a good author is that she can make you f ...more
The Cats’ Mother
This is a strange book - featuring the most selfish ""heroine"" in the history of fiction. It's nearly 800 pages, and some of it is quite tedious, but I kept going to find out how it worked out - I couldn't bear for her to just be forgiven and live happily ever after. It's about Desperate Housewife Larissa, who has it all - hunky devoted husband, 3 spoilt children, big house, friends, money, doesn't have to work, spends an hour and 55 mins getting ready every day...and is a bit anxious about tur ...more
Ella Seltzer
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have to be honest and say that I couldn't read the whole thing. The fact that I skipped pages and don't really think that I missed anything that important is proof in itself that the book was unnecessarily long.....
I have read another novel by Paulina Simons, forget the name about the girl with cancer who wins the lottery and loved it but this was sadly disappointing.
A heroine must have a redeeming feature in my mind, and Larissa had none, even when she took the plunge and went after her own
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
As someone else mentioned, I also felt emotionally exhausted and quite melancholy after finishing the book, as well. Unlike a few of the other readers, I still think that this book was very well written and I like the fact that Simons dares to take the road where the character follows her own selfish desires and ends up facing the consequences. Not every story can have a perfect ending.

However, I think that Larissa was very delusioned in the ways of life and had perhaps, convinced herself that l
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book but as usual the reviews elsewhere reflect a controversial story. I've come to realise that if you don't give readers a HEA then you leave yourself open to negative reviews.
Larissa isn't a typical heroine, she's most certainly selfish and at times very stupid. But so what? People live their lives like this all the time. I love Paullina's writing. The depth that she creates in her characters is like no one else. For me this is as good as Tully. You don't have to fall i
Jan 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
A big book but fairly easy to get through. Very emotionally draining, similar to Tully in that sense, and also shared similar themes. I found the main character Larissa very self-absorbed and irritating. The ending is somewhat abrupt, depressing and unfulfilling, although I must say unpredictable. Would definitely not bother reading again.
Bethany Rose
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly have to give this book a solid 4 stars for Paullina Simons beautiful writing. She absolutely knows how to write detailed and unforgettable characters. Larissa Stark was complex and tortured and I just felt like shaking her sometimes. Near the end, I was just ready for it to be over; however the ending was FAR from what I expected. A tragic story that made me examine my own life as a wife and mother.
Jane Burford
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is not Paullina Simons best read by a long shot. Lead characters were very unlikeable (not to mention stupid and selfish), the whole story dragged out much longer than it needed to. The saving grace was the small sections about her friend Che, who is a much better person than Larissa.
3.5 What An Arsehole! Stars
I want to say, upfront, that Paullina Simons can do no wrong in my eyes...I've loved every book of hers that I've read and I kinda loved this one but...and it's a big but, never, or at least, not that I can readily remember, have I despised a romantic couple as much as I did Larissa Stark and Kai Passani. Two more selfish, morally bereft, short-sighted and just plain wicked individuals are yet to be written. Really? What was Simons thinking? I can see why people gave
Nicki Markus
Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it
A good friend sent me this book as a birthday gift and I approached it a little tentatively at first. The reason for that was the fact that I find Simons a somewhat inconsistent writer. I have read some books of hers that I loved and others that I hated, so I wondered where this one would fall. In the end I would rate it somewhere in the middle.

There were many things I liked about this book. Larissa was an interesting, if sometimes misguided and naive, character and, in the early part of the boo
Helen Stevens
I love Paullina Simmons. Tully, Red Leaves, Eleven Hours, The Bronze Horseman, Tatiana and Alexander...I devoured them all. And for the first three quarters of this book, it was the same. I couldn't put it down...and then I got to the final act. And learned that the main character, Larissa, was not, and had never been, the person she was portrayed as. I'd had sympathy with her, I'd been on her side despite her obvious flaws, I could see her struggle - till I discovered that almost everything I k ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this book some time ago and I really enjoyed it. Larissa who has "everything" husband, three kids, wants for nothing, stay at home mum, spoilt, indulged meets a man and wonders if the grass really is greener on the other side. Surprise surprise, she has an affair, up and leaves hubby and three kids without a word. They are left floundering wondering where she is, why she left and with nothing (apparantly). Of course he doesn't have a clue on how to run a house let alone look after three c ...more
Fiona Quintner
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first time I read this book i was mortified and angry. I wanted to just hold my family close and never let them go. i wanted to throw the book away. What a tragedy for larissa. I didn't like her but once i reread it i felt more sympathy for her. I think she made her decisions based on emotion and desire. She was misguided.

I think we can all empathise with her to an extent. It is hard to understand the decision she made but we have all felt the pull of love and the sacrifices that we feel we
May 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
I loved Paullina Simons' Bronze Horseman trilogy but her writing really seems to have gone downhill since then.

This book is about Larissa, a self absorbed, selfish 40 year old married mother of three. She has a life that many people would give their eye teeth for but all she can see is what she doesn't have. Her narcissistic wallowing translates into a turgid story of lust, self delusion and pretentious philosophical musings.

At least the ending was good as the author finally gave the main charac
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Jun 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Having not been near a PS book for about 15 years I saw this one at a second hand bookshop and was looking for a big chunky read. Well I stuck with it because I kept thinking Larissa would somehow be redeemed for her poor decision at leaving the family. When she went to Manila I thought she was coming close but then threw it all away for that numbskull with a 6-pack Kai. This character made me so cross I think I'll give Paullina Simons a miss again for another 15 years.
Pammy-sue Jones
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Ummm...a difficult one. I have read several books of Paullina Simons and found them enjoyable. However, I found 'Song In The Daylight' lacking in something. Perhaps it was a lack of sympathy, empathy, or anything at all, for the protagonist, Larissa. Or a dislike of the 'heart throb' Kai. Or a sense of superficiality and a lack of detail, despite being a rather long book. I enjoy Simons writing style, but for me, the plot fell short.
Nov 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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After reading road to paradise I was reluctant to read this book and I was right to be hesitant. I never felt connected with the main characters and I really did not like Larissa and could not believe the choices she made. About half way through I wondered why I was bothering with it but ploughed on as I dont like not to finish books.
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Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1963. At the age of ten her family immigrated to the United States. Growing up in Russia Paullina dreamt of someday becoming a writer. Her dream was put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture.

After graduating from university and after various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator Paullin

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