By Pam Jenoff
Publisher: MIRA Books
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Unfortunately there was a lot to this book that was weak in the writing department. You can tell the writer had the best intentions when they started but couldn't deliver to the standards they had hoped for. A good portion of the writing became tedious to the point it was hard not to notice. There are a few instances that really stood out.
The first is this: "If _____ thinks _____ of ______. He gives no outward sign of it." I was a little more than half ways through the book when I noticed that she uses this phrase a lot with the main character Emma to describe her observations of other people.
The other repetitive theme is this: "Is that all?" I ask, lowering my eyes. "Yes, thank you," he says. I stand and start for the door. "No, Anna, wait a moment, please." I turn back toward him.' This line showed up A LOT in the book. After seeing it phrased so similarly over so many times it lost it's luster. Any time she tries to leave he's always stopping her last second to pursue an awkward moment between them of fickle romance.
I wanted to love this book but I just couldn't get into it. I finished it and felt no real connection to any of the characters and felt there were some unexplored parts to Emma's character that were just entirely missed. If you are interested in WII historical fiction and are up for an easy read I would say go for this, but there are a few other books that basically cover the same thing with better writing and plots. I would definitely recommend Those Who Save Us and The Welsh Girl before this book.
Nathan-Kim... said on Dec 18, 2013, 09:13
Liz4211 said on May 08, 2012, 13:20