Aefle and Gisela is a classic romantic comedy of errors. He thinks he's doing right, but he's doing all the wrong things. She thinks she's right, but she's not quite right either. But somehow the two manage to get things right in the end, and that's all that matters.
It was a rainy weekend here on the coast of NC and my kids were at their grandparents, that meant hours of uninterrupted reading time, yay! I spent my time curled up in my nice reading chair with my quilt, Diet Dr. Pepper and my trusty Kindle with Aefle and Gisela ready to go. I was transported north of NC to a tiny town on the Virginia shore and to Baltimore to an esteemed college campus. And I met two characters who would become important to me for the next few hours and who stuck in my mind for the next few days, Thomas (Timid Tommy) and DeeDee who seemed much larger than life (see the guest blog by Libby before this post to see DeeDee in action). I laughed during this book, I felt for Thomas and the way he was bullied. At times I wanted to tell him to man up. At times I wanted to tell DeeDee to calm down, but the whole time I felt myself relate to both characters.
Though it was somewhat painful to watch their relationship grow in fits and starts, it was amusing at times. Thomas was truly locked in his world of academia and seemed oblivious. I know people like this so I understand there are truly people like this out in the world. DeeDee however would not cut him any slack at times, and I understand, I'm sure it was frustrating feeling like he was talking down to her. But ultimately they both start to learn from each other and the "a-ha" moments are beautiful. Ms.Read more ›
The idea for this book is interesting -- a young professor specializing in an obscure medieval poet/monk falls in love with a hip non-college graduate modern girl who runs her own car dealership. Unfortunately, this "comedy" falls flat on its face. The plot moves along at a good clip, but what little dialogue there is, is stilted and flat. It's hard to tell one character from another. The description goes on -- page after page -- lots of tell and little show. I got bored and quit at 72%. I just didn't care what happened to the characters. Removing it from my library.
This book can be summed up as fun yet predictable without taking any risks. The characters are somewhat interesting but stay within stereotypes; the supporting characters are especially one-note. The story is fairly predictable too. One thing that I didn't like was that there was a lot of buildup to the climax, and the payoff was small. It was brought about by one of the protagonists behaving way out of character, which I found implausible. This all sounds negative but I did enjoy the book, it's great if you want a light read with a happy ending.