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Trigiani resorts to 'what if?'
on 1 January 2007
Whilst it was lovely to revisit Big Stone Gap this book seemed empty of the intriguing family atmosphere which Trigiani normally paints so well. It is chock-full of coincidences and predictable 'dilemmas', and the characters seem to have acquired a woodenness not present in her earlier books.
I know the author's career has taken flight and it is obvious from this book that she has other things on the horizon and the publishers were urging her to put another book out. She must have sat down and thought 'well, what if this happened, then happened again, then happened again?' It is too sugary sweet and needs some flawed characters to bring everyone back down to earth - and to life!
A good example of how making your characters too nice produces dreary and predictable reading. Buy it if you want a sugary sweet indulgent read - don't buy it if you want to learn anything new about the characters you already know and love.