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Oh no, Amy!
on 25 September 2000
Possibly the most disappointing book I have ever read, in a genre that is invariably disappointing.
Drudging through this was a real chore and it was hard to believe that Honeymoon Holt - just an awful character name - and the interchangeable, indistinguishable Ven and Della had been created by the same person that came up with such rich characters in 'This Life'. The difference is the medium - 'This Life' had terrific actors to flesh out the characters. A novel needs textured, orginial writing to do the same and 'Honeymoon' merely serves up cliche upon cliche. The unrealistic, shallow nature of the main characters is so annoying - and the character flaws are so feeble - that the coincidence packed plot looks threadbare. Worst of all, 'Love of Her Life' Alex is a berk and just doesn't live up to his billing.
On the plus side, the print is very big and, of course, Amy Jenkins did create 'This Life' and, despite this novel, she may be able to do it again. If she does, she can be forgiven for 'Honeymoon'.