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This book is all about decisions. Should you take the career opportunity of a lifetime, or stay behind for what could be a true soulmate connection with someone else? Should you marry someone boring but stable, or go for someone who makes your heart soar, but who might let you down? Should you let the love of your life slip away, or refuse to give up until you've done everything you could?
This book is full of questions and doubts as both of the main characters agonize over these decisions. And yet, it's a light read. It's not for everyone, but personally, I enjoyed it. It did git a bit tedious at times, but there were moments when I'd get a bit watery eyed. What can I say, I'm a sucker for romance. This book wasn't all about physical attraction or sex, although it had that. It was really about whether or not it's better to follow your heart, even if it isn't the most practical course.
The narrator was great, switching between his native English accent and an American one (he was from England, she was from America). And then, the narrator used several different regional accents for the different characters, which I thought was cool.
This story kept me adequately entertained for a couple weeks during my hour-long commute to work, and it was a nice break from the usual sci-fi and fantasy. I wish books like this were more popular.
I read a Day At The Office a little while ago and found it very enjoyable. I therefore bought this book with high hopes. My initial problem was the narratior who read this very slowly and with peculiar pauses which made me think he had just said something profound and thought provoking. As this was clearly not the case I set playback at 1.25. This actually sounded normal so at least I was able to carry on.
As the tale unfolded I realised this was nowhere near as good as Matt Dunn's previous book. For a start the main characters have a spectacularly ordinary first encounter. She is an American in London and he is British. Their dialogue seems to consist of commentary about how British and American people speak differently. Please can't they just get over it? Oh and of course she hates the British weather (and we all know New York is a heavenly temperate paradise). After this heady cultural exchange he goes away to America and she gets engaged to a man who she clearly didn't like from the outset. He comes back convinced he is in love with her although it is not clear why, as she seems to have all the charisma of an over boiled cabbage.
After two hours I gave up and skipped to the end.
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A good premise for a transatlantic love story, however after a good long while, it started to get tedious! Everything about it begun to be repetitious: the conversations between Sarah and her best friend; the conversations between Evan and his male friends; the non conversations between Sarah and Evan… and the incidental irrelevant statements made by David…
I think that this novel could have been about 6 chapters shorter. Especially as the finale was a brief 5 minutes in length and almost anticlimactic!
The narration was commendable, so very easy listening. It caused me to listen to this way into the night in one sitting. But merely out of curiosity, rather than anticipation.
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