Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Tipping the Scales Slightly to the Good Read Side
I have to say, with the caveat that this could (as it always could) be the result of my mood, or my reading choices immediately prior to the book, I found this latest a little less trying than Jill Mansell's other recent offerings. I had remarked previously (I'm not sure in the blog or if I was just thinking it) that all the books have the same plot - girl likes guy, guy likes girl, but girl doesn't trust guy - not my favorite type of chic lit since the suspense of the romance just isn't there. But guess what - she changed it up! Ok, she changed it up by making the main character a widow who isn't interested in romance... with which angsty drama (and not in the good angst sense :)) I could live without, but at least it's something different. I was disappointed at first because I was rooting for her to get together with the best friend - I still maintain that would have been a better story. But the one chosen, while a little far-fetched, was plenty fun - handsome, down-to-earth, successful guy falls in love with our Ellie at first sight, while she remains oblivious. And we get plenty from his point of view - I think more than usual.
So the primary romance was pretty decent. The requisite secondary romances (friend and older couple) were not overly interesting, but I think took up less space than usual, so that was a plus. The characters themselves were... I don't know if they more interesting, more realistic, or just more London than the two previous books, but I think I liked them better. The plot was, I think, even more implausible than usual - but the good side to that is that the implausibility was in keeping the couples apart for so long - and I'll take that over the alternative, which is a boring ending because everyone is already together. Even the writing seemed not quite as cringeworthy, though I concede that is almost definitely a product of my greater willingness to go in for a bit of chic lit than last time. In short, I had more fun reading this book than I expected, even up till the ending. Which is why Jill Mansell will remain an author whom I check out, if not one who gets on-holded a month in advance :)