This book frustrated me.
On the one hand, Matt Dunn has as solid a premise for a romance as you'll find in women's fiction. Sarah and Evan had one night - just one - but it was so perfect that neither has forgotten it.
Sarah tried - she even got engaged - but those memories are still right there. Evan got her in a way that her fiancé does not, or cannot. But Evan left, and even though Sarah understands why - even though she fully supported his decision - she feels as if he abandoned her. It isn't a rational thought, and Sarah knows that.
When Evan returns, Sarah is one week away from her wedding, which means Evan has a limited amount of time to get her back.
And here's where it gets frustrating.
It feels like Matt Dunn repeats the same scenes over and over AND OVER again. The same conversations, the same navel gazing, the same tears, the same arguments. It feels so repetitive that I found myself skipping pages, knowing I wasn't missing anything.
I don't know if Dunn didn't realize what he was doing, but his editor sure should have.
Pages upon pages of the same thing.
This is not a short book, and it feels even longer. The ending should have come at least 100 pages before it does. In fact, it you could cut out those repetitive scenes, this would be a much better read. Much, much better.
As it is, it's difficult to root for Sarah, because every drawback to her personality is brought into sharp relief in those copycat conversations, so reading them repeatedly makes her seem far more annoying than she truly is. I started to wish I could tell Evan to just let her go and move on.
There are good qualities to this book, enough to make me recommend it. But have your thumb ready, because you will want to get through some of the pages with only the briefest scans.
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