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on 25 July 2003
I've just finished this book after receiving it as a birthday present from my best friend - I got through it in no time as it's a real page-turner. I've read all of Lisa Jewell's books and enjoyed each one immensely, so was really looking forward to reading this one.
This one is slightly different from the others, focusing as it does on a whole family (the London family - mum Bernie, dad Gerry and their three sons), rather than just a couple, or friends. Jewell's description of the family background is great - you really feel at home in the Londons' house and are drawn in to each one of the characters' lives. I found it easy to relate to them all - with the possible exception of the enigmatic Gervase. Although he is a key character (but not a member of the family), I didn't find him particularly believable. He's not explained fully enough, and I was left wondering who he was and why he was there (but maybe that was the point?). I was just slightly dissatisfied with his whole 'gift' thing - and this is the only reason that I have given 4 stars to this book instead of 5.
Otherwise, an excellent read - the depiction of the anniversary party is brilliant, and Gerry's speech so touching it had me welling up. There is plenty of humour here, mixed with just the right amount of sentiment, and even though you basically know things are going to work out for everyone in the end, it's not necessarily predictable in the way that so many so-called 'chick fic' stories are (there is an element of suspense to Ned's story and you're not quite sure how things are going to go for him). I'd recommend this book - and not just to established Lisa Jewell fans.
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