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Predictable but warm-hearted
on 3 September 2012
A group of friends getting together to run a business, in this case a wine bar, is a well-worn set-up, but there are plenty of original touches and I found my interest sustained to the end. The introduction of mental health issues is a brave move in a chick-lit novel, but JWJ pulls it off with sensitivity and an appropriately light touch.
I found the plot predictable and guessed early on what was happening, particularly in Gaynor's life, but I didn't mind that. In fact I think it made me root for the characters even more.
I would like to have given this more stars but there were some aspects I felt let the book down.
It's not a very long book and the author has tried to cram in a lot of story threads, some of which don't get the attention they deserve in the rush to tie it all up by the end.
I found the constant time jumps annoying and clumsily handled in places.
The three women at the heart of the story are sympathetic characters but at times I found myself struggling to believe entirely in their reactions to what was happening in their lives.
Other than that, if you want a warm, entertaining read with snappy, fast-paced writing, this book definitely delivers.