on 18 March 2014
After reading synopsis for The Divorce Papers, which, as you can see for yourself, is full of praise and applause, I have thought it's a book for me. I was sure it is going to be a warm, partly fluffy, funny read and so I requested this book.
I didn't expect that I am going to get book full of professional writings, letters, e - mails, court documents, legal articles, which were far away from warm, fluffy or funny. I think this kind of documents can be interesting for lawyers or those who are studying law but not for me, your typical Jones, hoping for a spicy divorce story, full of hooking details and anecdotes.
Sophie isn't a divorce lawyer, she is a crime lawyer, but must spring for her colleagues. She should just handle the first interview with the client, Mia Meiklejohn Durheim and then forget about the case. But Mia thinks Sophie is the best lawyer for her and doesn't want any other experienced in divorce one, a fact that not all of Sophie's co - workers accept.
And that's actually the whole plot.
The rest is full of legal writing.
The author tried to lighten the plot a little and let Sophie tell us about her private life in form of e - mails to her best friend. But, to be totally honest, I couldn't care less about this part of the book, the e - mails were long and for me totally uninteresting. I am also sorry to say that mostly this book was uninteresting for me, the e - mail conversations between Sophie and David could take place as dialogues and in my opinion they would be much more interesting then because we would have had a real, live banter.
What gave this book two stars was Mia Meiklejohn, she was the most interesting and colourful person in the whole novel. She knows what she wants and is ready to fight for her rights and I really liked her attitude.
While I like books where the story is told through e-mails/letters/entries in the guestbook, this one totally didn't work out for me. There is too less plot and too much uninteresting facts. And while it could really work out, it has totally failed for me and was off - putting.
Back to the synopsis. It claims the book is "Witty and wonderful, sparkling and sophisticated, debut romantic comedy". Well, let me tell you, I haven't laughed, I haven't even smiled reading it, and to be totally honest, am still wondering about the romantic comedy bit. Where is romance? Where is comedy? Did I miss something?
So, in short, this book was like some kind of a divorce - guide, help for law students but not a story that I could read as my normal, light book. It just lacked purpose for me, I have expected something totally different and am mostly disappointed. I wanted a story, not actual legal documents. I am sure there was a potential in this book, I am sure the author gave her best and I really appreciate her efforts, I am only really sorry it was not my cup of tea. Perhaps next book.
Copy received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a review.