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A fun read
on 10 May 2013
I had the opportunity to read this book in one day over two long train journeys and I found myself engrossed in it and grinning a lot - I managed to avoid laughing out loud, but only just. This is not because the story is unique or particularly challenging - it is a contemporary romance of a young woman, who has had a bitter divorce and who is trying to avoid men. She stays in a small town with her eccentric family and is overwhelmingly attracted by Des, a locum doctor, but the effect of her marital history makes her shy of men and frightened to commit. The story is completely predictable and the characters and setting are reasonably familiar.
What engaged me about the book was the style which was warmhearted and engaging. The writing is witty and realistic. For a change, the main character, Sadie, actually grows and changes through the novel in a believable way. The author avoids humour by humiliation and the situations she contrives for Sadie and Des are believable (if not actually realistic).
I've read a lot of this type of novel and this is one of the best I have read - I highly recommend it for a feel-good, lighthearted and amusing experience.