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Debby Holt is the bestselling author of The Ex-Wives' Survival Guide and many other novels. She lives in Bath.
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The most glaring mistake is with the supposed ages of some of the characters. Ellen gave birth to Adam when she was 17. She had Hannah when she was 30. It shouldn't take genius to work out that there is a 13 year age gap between siblings. Therefore when Adam became a father at the age of 22, he should have had a 9 year old sister. So why was Hannah about to go to secondary school? Isn't a copy editor supposed to pick up such inconsistencies?
Other mistakes are less annoying, but so numerous that they disrupt the flow. Proper sentence construction isn't difficult to learn, but this writer clearly thinks the rules for good writing are beneath her. It's bad enough that she uses semi colons inappropriately, but add to this the huge number of sentences spliced together with commas instead of conjunctions, and the result is prose that flows badly. Comma splices are only acceptable occasionally for effect, and are often an editor's pet peeve. Why so many have slipped through in this book is beyond me.
The plot itself is contrived and uninteresting. It's as if the writer is struggling for ideas and has to resort to sensationalism, creating characters who behave in weird ways. The essence of the story is simple. Henry and his daughter Maddie are tired of being single and form a kind of dating alliance, reporting back to each other for mutual support. Of course there are many disasters along the way. A supporting cast of family and friends both help and hinder their endeavours, while providing sub plots. It's an interesting premise, but isn't done well. There are a couple of interesting twists, but on the whole the book resembles a third rate soap.
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