MOTIVATION for READING: See above.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: Epic LOVE story! swoon. “A secret YOU WON’T SEE COMING!!!!!!!!!’ yea, OK. Bring it.
Bare bones plot: husband and wife have a secret. We go backwards in plot to find out what the secret is.
Let me try again? Husband has Alzheimer’s and spares his wife the risk that he will blurt out their secret in his dementia. OOPs – that’s a spoiler, isn’t it? We go backwards in time and events to explain things we don’t learn about in the first chapter. They have kids – or do they?
Robbie and Emily have been intensely in tune and in love with each other since the day they met. Her family has not been supportive. They run away together and live their lives on their own terms. Finally, the risk of their secret catching up to them requires Robbie to take a devastating turn. Whatever will Emily do?!
WHAT’s GOOD: The over-the-top warnings (setup) of surprise!!!!!!
What’s NOT so good: Dialog, heavy handed warnings. Poor dialogue. Plot point setups that cause eye-roll strain, clichés, characters that never convince… Everything but the kitchen sink. My over use of the word ‘ugh’ while reading. Must I go on?
FINAL THOUGHTS: Hey – don’t let me convince you! Read it and see if you like it because plenty of people do. I am in the minority. It’s not THAT bad, apparently.
The gr score is 4.02 out of 1763 ratings! I’m clearly not hurting the overall score. Whew.
It really is the kind of book that makes me smash things in jealousy and wonder if I could/should write a book. But then I think, nope – it’s not in me. I tip my hat to Julie Cohen for all the efforts to write a book and more kudos to getting it published AND sold. Really, I do!
RATING: The one star in goodreads is for “I didn’t like it.” So one star it is has to be, but I do feel bad about it. A good thing, I guess, is that I am in the minority. Most of my book club is reporting it as a GOOD READ! Please decide for yourself.
Pecan Pie is mentioned! One star and a half?
Spoilers: (just run your cursor over the space below.)
I didn’t figure out the SURPRISE too early, but suspected it when his Dad was in England in the war years. And then when Mom freaked when he arrived to meet the folks, I figured it out – they were half siblings – they had the same papa.