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I LOVE Jojo Moyes' other books, and her writing is just as good in this book, but Suzanna, the main character is so terribly unlikable that it ruined the book for me. the other characters and plotlines in the book were wonderful, but Suzanna, selfish and self-involved, was so unlikable that it spoiled the rest for me. I still love Jojo though. ;)
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I've read most of Jojo Moyes books so in my eyes, she can do no wrong. I haven't liked (or even reviewed) all of her books but she does have a way of creating a realistic world with realistic people and she does so again with this one.
I loved this listen! I hated Suzanna. In fact, Suzanna's HEA pissed me off. I suppose Suzanna had reasons for being the way she was, and the author does not portray her as anything but troubled and searching, but the bodies she bowled over in the quest to find herself made me want to smack her. And poor Neil.
At it's core, this book was about love. The long-suffering kind. The loving a child that's not yours kind. The hold on no matter what cost kind. The I love me more than you kind. The if I can't have you no one else will kind. The don't leave me kind.
In the end, some trains collided, some didn't.
I don't get the "slow start" some people have said about this book. I thought the narration was excellent and the books rhythm moved right along for me.
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Yet another lovely story from Jo Jo Moyes. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a story about a troubled young woman who is unhappy with her life and tries to find herself by opening a little shop, where she can just be herself. Coming from a family who really love her but she cannot see it. And a husband she is unhappy with. This book definitely deserves a read. I would highly recommend it.
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I always look forward to a new Jojo Moyes book as her past books have been beyond expectations and were 6 star ratings if that was possible. This book was enjoyable but did not quite live up other previous books. It will not stop me downloading future books straight away when they come out. It must be difficult to keep up her usual standard all the time.
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Firstly, I've read some of Jojo Moyes books before so I knew I wouldn't be getting a run of the mill kind of story.
With this one, I bounced between feelings of deep irratation, and relative enjoyment, but mostly irratation as I found the main character hard to NOT get irratated at. Susanne is one of those characters that manages to get to the age of 35 and still remain childish and selfish and completely unaware of how to get her life sorted out. That was the irritating part. I was more rooting for the secondary characters than I was interested in her story, though all the stories are inter-twained so hers was necessary.
Just when I'm started to make angry animal noises of disgust and wanting to throw something, the story changes (this is towards the end) and things resolve and reveal themseleves and kept me going until the end.
I'm still unimpressed with Susanne as a character, (and find myself not able to truely like her), but I'm left achknowledging the Moyes is a seriously good writer who isnt afraid to tackle characters who aren't particularly attractive, but can still craft a good story around them. I'd recommend this book for that fact, but it comes with warning that you may find aspects annoying, though to be fair, maybe you won't mind dear old Sus.
This isn't a bad review as even now I'm rehashing the story over in my head and contemplating all the aspects of it. And isnt that, at the end of the day, the sign of decent tale?
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I had to keep rewinding, because it was so very boring and predictable! my goodness- I've never been put to sleep so easily! I read this because a friend asked me to. I am a good friend after this! so slow and predictable.