A couple of things. Where is everyone? Well, I am sure if anyone else is asking that and implying me, yep – I am sort of ‘Off the Grid” or UNPLUGGED at the moment, I guess, only because it is tough to get the good wifi on the devices best for post-writing/visiting/commenting while I “be” on vacation, so NEVERMIND.
And, I’m a wimp. I didn’t like this book. But I don’t know HOW to ‘be nice and not like a book’. Which makes it sound like I do know how to be NOT nice and NOT like a book and that’s not quite it.
I wanted to like this book.
This isn’t even a case of high expectations! It is the case of realizing that this author has many fans so she must have SOME competence, but I realize now that I have discovered her too late. Her early books might be good but she might as well have phoned this one in.
I am sad.
It might have gone somewhere, it might have had promise?
And against all the Go Set a Watchman chatter about having an editor with the golden ovaries to say, “Go rework this and bring it back to me and you might have something.”, I suggest someone on the Smith-Team might have suggested this for this book.
It is teased to be about Zelda aka wife to Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald. There’s really not that much about her.
It has a lovely LOVELY setting in Asheville NC! yippee – really, I think I liked the setting best of all.
It brings up too many minor characters that get lost.
Thought I teetered between 2 stars and 4, I am settling on 3 stars but it really disappointed me in story structure. I just don’t have the guts to rate it a 2 star. And I did like the first third or so.
She obviously did her research.
She knows how to string sentences together well.
Descriptive sentences were great.
I struggle with praising the character development.
I am not qualified nor have the write words in my critics-toolbox to say what is exactly so disappointing, but…
I was THRILLED for the first 30 pages! I thought, “Oh goodie, I feel this might be a SOMTHIN’ book!”
But it fell flat.
I truly almost didn’t read the last 30 pages. I was almost about to just drop and walk away.
I just didn’t get the point of it.
I’m just SAD.
BEST QUOTE? p.85-“He might be sweet as pie, or he might take drunk and start sworping around.”
(Did I only just convince you to read it to find out if you agree?! crazy, huh?)
The book cover will take you to goodreads where you can read all sorts of LOVE and DARN kind of reviews.