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on June 24, 2014
I had been intending to read this book for a while now, although I cannot recall what brought it to my attention.
I will go straight to the point. I think the main reason I disliked this book was that the lead characters seemed shallow, simplistic and hard to believe. They evolve, sure, but in a predictable way since they are, to me, two-dimensional - there aren't many variables to consider in character development (I get it, it's a romance, you get the happy ending and all, but that shouldn't make it so obviously straightforward).
The narrative POV is, more often than not, a mess, which makes it confusing, and the writer just gives too much info at times without leaving anything for the reader to interpret. I found the unending generosity of the people of Gander a tad more believable than Erica and Abby.
As for the 9/11 background - there were two extremes to it: too-lightly, or too preachy. I see how it drives the story, I do, but it doesn't build on anything. Basically, all the book, and the characters, have to say is "yeah, it was terrible, but good things came out of it".
All in all, I think it wasn't the book I expected to read. But that's my fault, I suppose, not the book's.