I just love it when I find a book I absolutely adore! This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I knew when I read the synopsis I would enjoy it, but I didn’t expect it find a place in my heart so easily. I love to own copies of books I like. I borrowed this one from the library, and as soon as I finished reading I went to the book store and got my own copy. Let me tell what’s so great about this book.
First of all, the characters are perfect. Each of them has their role and their all written into the story perfectly. Even the characters written to make you hate them. Though I immediately loved Jane and Michael, by the end of the book I had a great appreciation and love for characters like Vivian Margo. She might be my favorite character for all her complexity. And Hugh is the perfect stuck-up, egotistical man-we-love-to-hate. Now, this is the first book by Patterson I’ve read, but I imagine the well-crafted characters are mostly his doing. I mean, he’s a popular writer for reason, right?
Let me take a brief de-tour from the review to say that I don’t fully understand the author collaboration. I never really have. I mean, how big of a role did Gabrielle Charbonnet contribute? Obviously, Patterson’s name is printed larger and his photo is on the back of the book, but that could just be because he’s the more recognizable writer. Whichever is responsible for the things I mention, thank you for making this book so wonderful!
The plot was magnificent! Well-paced, moving, and there were some great twists and turns. In the beginning my heart was just as broken as Jane’s when Michael left her. It was a great experience to watch hope find it’s way back into Jane’s life. The story of her and Michael is one instantly became one of my favorite love stories. I’ll have to knock someone off my top ten couples list, because Jane and Michael definitely deserve a spot.
As I’m sitting here thinking about this book it occurs to me that I’ve encountered something rare. I have nothing special to say about the writing. I never spent a second critiquing the writing. I was too drawn into the story itself. Because of that, I think it may be the best kind of writing. It flows in a way that makes you forget about it. You’re just part of the story. It’s not overly lyrical and it’s not fragmented. It doesn’t get in the way of the story being told. Quite frankly, it’s perfect. I felt the same way about the narrator. She was the perfect voice for Jane and she read the story well. I just loved everything!
I think this story would make a terrific movie and I can only hope someone in Hollywood will have the same idea. I’ve just passed my brand new copy of this book to my mother. I think she’ll really enjoy it. Consider this book highly recommended by me.