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Although Farrington's plot revolves around a classic story of unlikely lovers, there's no sappiness or clichés in his highly polished narrative. Indeed, his vulnerable characters and realistic dialogue will feel especially poignant for grown-up lovers. When the big night arrives and the couple must decide whether Mike will sleep over, Rebecca speaks for all single mothers.
"This is not just about us anymore," she said. "If that freaks you out, then please, please bail now. Because if you are going to stay here tonight, you're going to have to have breakfast with my daughter. You're going to have to be a decent human being. You're going to have to be a man."
In Mike we see what it means to bring spiritual strength to a relationship. When Rebecca suddenly becomes sharp and anxious, he does not retreat, nor does he paw at her for reassurance. Instead he knows how to sit with her, as if in meditation, staying present while not getting caught up in her fear. And in Rebecca we see what it means to speak honestly to a lover. This all may sound too lofty and preachy to be a juicy read, but Farrington has the quirky characters and the masterful skills to make this a highly entertaining and inspiring tale of adult love. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Worth re-reading for some of the best insight to human thoughts and behavior. Full of clean humor and witty lines. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Reviewer1
I discovered this book years ago, quite by accident, while browsing at a bookstore. What a lovely discovery. Read morePublished 5 months ago by festive wench
The book was a quick read. Unfortunately it lacked much depth. The monk and the developing relationship was predictable. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Pat
The female character acted like an adolescent and over analyzed everything in my opinion.The letters from Mike were very interesting.i found him to be a much more likeablePublished 15 months ago by L. Southern
This is a spiritual and engaging novel. The characters are fully developed, and easy to identify and sympathize with. A very pleasant story.Published 20 months ago by Margaret Saunders
I liked this blending of the ex-monk's deep Christian Spirituality with a non-practicing Catholic.
You could sense the spirituality without conversation. Read more
After reading all the reviews about the book, I decided to borrow a copy. I read and re-read it and laughed and cried at portions of it. Read morePublished on October 18, 2010 by Smiley
Really satisfying and realistically erotic love story -- okay, so there's a lot of poetic license because it's just perfect -- but I can't get over how Farrington gets the female... Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by Jane L. Grau