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By A Customer
This review is from: Postcards from Wits End (Hardcover)
I found this book disappointing. The storyline is dull and Natalie is so self-pitying - there's lots of "poor me, I had an unhappy childhood" stuff going on, which turns out to be rubbish anyway. Poor Cassie is having such a rough time and Natalie can only think about herself. It reads like an A level essay - lots of contrived metaphors and over-use of simile. Also it's written in the present tense which I can't bear (but that's one of the hazards of buying a book online and not in the shop!)
Sarah Harvey deals quite well with romance in the novel. She manages to tackle the tricky subject of love from three aspects. Cassie's first teenage crush, Natalie's struggle with guilt, grief and lust, and of course Laura's carefree mid-life fling. The characterisation is good - I think Harvey has managed to successfully capture the spirit of each of the three generations of women in the novel. It's a shame the self pity of the protagonist dominates so much of the narrative.