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A book for all seasons
on 2 October 2011
I'd definitely recommend this. You actually have two weddings, a week apart, not just the one mentioned in the blurb. Jaime's cousin is getting married too. The contrast between the two brides and their respective nuptials is sometimes tenderly, sometimes hilariously, made.
Jaime and Maura's own love story is full of twists and turns. Jaime's past makes him vulnerable, appealing and sexy at the same time. Maura is determined to succeed as an artist. It is ironic, therefore, that she has to pretend to be in love with him for the sake of her painting. The poignant stories of Jaime's Scottish father and Spanish mother provide an undercurrent of tragedy.
The four season structure works well. Each of the sections of the novel is named after the particular hotel Maura is painting at that point. The writing is elegant and accomplished without showiness. I'm glad I stumbled across this novel, which seems to be new on Amazon.