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The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
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Jul 27, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: 2012, from-library

I felt quite drawn into the island and its characters at the beginning, and I thought the ending as far as Jessie was concerned was perfect - because it was completely imperfect and anything else would have been ridiculous. I also liked the story of the mermaids and the diving imagery.

What I didn't like was the love story. I can deal with the fact that it happened - (i.e. I think humans grow and change, and in a way it's not really natural to stay with the same person and love only one person your whole adult life, though yeah, it was sure as hell irresponsible) - but it was corny as hell and nothing leapt off the page. The love at first sight was a bit meh, and I just didn't really see anything jumping off the page as far as their relationship went. "He ENTERED me and I FELT CHANGED!!!!!" I actually found it quite boring.

So...yes. I liked this book at the beginning and the end, but not so much in the middle.

Has anyone out there ever written a novel where the main character feels the pull towards someone but resists it Just wondering.

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