Book Review: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

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I received this copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

First Published: November 1, 2004

448 Pages

Goodreads Summary: What happens when two people who are meant to be together can’t seem to get it right?

Rosie and Alex are destined for each other, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, they are separated as teenagers when Alex and his family relocate from Dublin to Boston.

Like two ships always passing in the night, Rosie and Alex stay friends, and though years pass, the two remain firmly attached via emails and letters. Heartbroken, they learn to live without each other. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel o f several missed opportunities, Rosie and Alex learn that fate isn’t quite done with them yet.

Review: Quite a few years ago I had read P.S. I Love You so I was very excited to find this title on NetGalley!  My excitement ended there.  The book is written as a series of letters and e-mails.  I was hoping it was just going to be that first chapter.  It was cute reading the letters written by young Rosie and Alex.  But when that format continued throughout the entire book… No thanks.  I found that it made it impossible for me to connect to either of the main characters and I found myself skimming more than I would like to admit.  Unfortunately it was enough of an annoyance to me that I decided to not finish the book.  It made me kind of sad because based on the plot summary this was a book I should have loved!  But I just could not get passed the way the book was written.  I guess I’ll have to see the movie to find out what happens.  I’ll give it 2 stars rather than 1 because I really do think I would have loved this story if the writing style hadn’t gotten in the way.

2/5 stars

Book Review: The Sound of Glass

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I received this eARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Sound of Glass by Karen White

Expected Publication: May 9, 2015 by NAL

432 Pages

Goodreads Summary: It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt.

Charting the course of an uncertain life—and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death—Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life—a new life complicated by the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother.

Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country.

Review: I’m almost hesitant to even write a review of this book because it was a big DNF for me.  I started this a couple of days ago and just could not get into it.  I tried again today and just could not get past the characters.  I was really disappointed because it sounded like an interesting plot but it just didn’t capture my attention.  I’m kind of baffled at the 4.83 rating on Goodreads.  Surely I’m not the only one who just couldn’t get into this book?!  Maybe I’m just not in the mood for it.  Either way I don’t think I’ll be giving this one another shot.  It didn’t help that I was completely confused when Edith’s husband (Cal’s grandfather) had the same name as Cal – Calhoun.  I completely got Edith and Merritt mixed up in the first few chapters.  The author does include the dates at the beginning of the chapters but I wasn’t interested enough to remember.

1/5 Stars DNF