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Had its moments
on 6 August 2008
I really wanted to love this book but found it didn't quite hit the spot for me. It was sweet and contained some funny one-liners but was entirely too long, it really could have been half the length. As a result it felt a bit rambling and became frustrating, as I just wanted to skip the detailed narrative and get on to the good bits. The premise was a good one; stressed single dad neglects son that 30 something single broody teacher adores, throw in some school politics and a couple of extra love triangles and off you go. However, Nicky was quite annoying and at times unbelievable - her emotional responses to things were a bit juvenile.
No doubting that MN was a talented writer; the writing was descriptive and competent but the story was a little too school yard (excuse the pun) for me, lots of he said, she said with not enough adult edge to leave me feeling satisfied. Loved Miss James though, an inspired choice of character, and the puzzle concept - brilliant.