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A bit of a let down, 3point5...
on 11 May 2014
I adored the first few chapters and really thought I was in for an excellent read. I was therefore all the more disappointed when the rest of the book turned out to be extremely predictable and although it remained well written throughout, I couldn't help but be sorry it didn't hold all of its earlier promise. I believe the book also lets its readers down when we embark on the love story between Elizabeth and Thomas. I'm just as likely as the next person to swallow an awful lot of far-fetched coincidences and events when the author has managed to cast a spell and when I have been so caught as to forget to retain a critical eye. When it is not so I just can't believe the story and it grows ever so slightly annoying. As I'm going to reveal a good part of the tale don't go on if you haven't read the book.
That Elizabeth and Thomas should meet the way they do, thanks to a plumbing accident, is odd enough but it has a charm of its own so why not. That the two should be separated by the onset of septicaemia is rather far-fetched and I thought then the author had gone a bit too far. That Elizabeth should then start a relationship on the rebound was understandable, a lot of people do so and a lot of people then find themselves just as unhappy as she was. That she should then meet Thomas again 15 years later at the airport is once again a bit hard to credit. There are more examples of this and there came a moment when I couldn't take the book seriously anymore. It just seemed to me to become a sort of romance 'à la' Barbara Cartland. A better-written one to be sure and with an 'unhappy' ending instead of a happy one but a book that, at the very beginning, promised greater things and didn't deliver.