I solemnly promise that if Emily Giffin writes a sequel to this novel (and it doesn't suck), I will come back and add a star to this boospoilers below
I solemnly promise that if Emily Giffin writes a sequel to this novel (and it doesn't suck), I will come back and add a star to this book. Unfortunately, the ending was so unsatisfying. I want to know if Meredith is really going to give Nolan a chance, or if she is still going to be as annoying going forward. I kind of see Gabe and Josie getting together after they have the baby, but that is such a cliché, not to mention already used in Something Blue (there was some foreshadowing of this when Meredith and Ellen discussed how having a baby together changes a relationship). Still, I couldn't help reading and thinking Daniel was more interesting than the two sisters....more
**spoiler alert** This story left me with questions at the end, and not in a cliffhanger ending kind of way (although there was that as well). I would**spoiler alert** This story left me with questions at the end, and not in a cliffhanger ending kind of way (although there was that as well). I would have liked to see some of the story lines more resolved. (Does Georgia ever realize her daughter Liza was the bully, and not Wren?) In the discussion pages at the end of the book, the author says she wanted to explore the scenario of a woman leaving her baby in the hospital, and what could cause that to happen. The plot of this story is a perfect storm of reasons that nobody could possibly blame Georgia at the end: aside from her history of postpartum depression, her best friend donated her eggs to her, but then had an affair with her husband, so Georgia's carrying the biological child of her husband and her former-best-friend-turned-husband's-mistress. I'm pretty sure 99% of occurrences of women leaving their baby in the hospital are both way simpler and way more emotionally complex, but this was an engrossing read nonetheless....more
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4.5 - I have been a huge fan of Alice Hoffman for years, althoughI received a free copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 - I have been a huge fan of Alice Hoffman for years, although I am sorry to say I am a couple of books behind. "Faithful" ranks up there among her best. It is a quick read, but more with substance than that descriptor usually entails.
Normally, I don't enjoy reading books in which the main character is miserable all the time, but this is a rare exception. Shelby's biggest problem is that she doesn't realize what she is feeling until after she pushes people away. It takes years of personal successes to give her the confidence to move past that habit, but without the usual self realization that makes a story either predictable or preachy. I could have done without the subplots involving her comatose friend Helene, but everything else was on point....more
First of all, this book could have been written in under 200 pages instead of the 700+ page monstrosity it is. I feel like there could have been a gooFirst of all, this book could have been written in under 200 pages instead of the 700+ page monstrosity it is. I feel like there could have been a good story there, but it just didn't happen. Just as this series transitioned from supernatural thriller to erotica, the Anita Blake novels are beginning to resemble books on the philosophies of relationships. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad there are fewer pages - nay, fewer chapters of orgies, but the vast bulk of the story dedicated to Anita's relationship insecurities. For once, feeding the ardeur only requires a few paragraphs at a time - in fact, there is more talking about feeding the ardeur, but I'm not sure she ever actually feeds it - but feeding Anita's ego requires endless attention. She keeps all these monsters around not for food, but for praise and reassurance that she is smart, she is kind, she is important...ok, it seems like sacrilege to mention "The Help" in the same conversation as any Anita Blake story. Also, as interesting as Edward/Ted has always been, it seems the sole purpose of the character being in the story is to get the cast to Ireland, throw a little more mystery on his past (oh wow, he has a friend?!), and demonstrate how seamlessly he weaves between his two personas. The last 100 pages are the worst, because the characters introduced from that point seem to be the ones most integral to the story, and the only action germane to the plot occurs. Normally, that would be a good thing, but having to wade through 600 pages of dreck to get there and having it finally unravel so unevenly (such as 3 pages of Moroven insisting people say her name) feels more like a waste of time than a good read. Then, insult to injury, the last page before the epilogue consists of one dying character explaining what was significant about those past 100 pages, because you couldn't have figured it out from the writing....more
It's tough to believe this is the fifteenth Cork O'Connor story, and it still feels fresh. All the characters are older, and have shifted as people doIt's tough to believe this is the fifteenth Cork O'Connor story, and it still feels fresh. All the characters are older, and have shifted as people do, but I still devour these books like I did the first one I read. It doesn't matter that Cork has aged 15 years from the first, and that his kids are now grown; the changes only heighten the sense of familiarity with each new story....more