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Coffee in Common Paperback – January 3, 2015
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As a traditional romance novel, it had its moments. The notion of meeting in a coffee shop and that New Romance Tingle us girls get was very well portrayed, but beyond the first few chapters the story got very melodramatic and predictable. The characters were not believable--primarily because they were all so similar and two-dimensional. Personalities felt very flat, and characters delivered pages and pages of one-sided dialogue that would never happen in real life. Lengthy interior monologues were used in substitution of what could have been portrayed so much more fulfillingly through dialogue and action. It just felt very cheap.
The fact that so much of the first half of the book consisted of Paul and Jillian's first date also did a lot to irritated me. I understand that that first date is a big deal, but it was overkill the way it was presented. It also did the second half of the book a big disservice because they're relationship seemed to really thin out afterwards.
Paul's change of heart at the end--a three-sixty that completely contradicts the entire book--absolutely ruined his character for me. I lost all respect for him, which deadened the story's resolution. I couldn't even enjoy the other main characters' endings because they were so briefly touched upon in the end, instead of incorporated into the story to bring every character's story full circle, as most of the book tries to do.
I expected so much more out of this book. Fortunately it was only $2.99, but the free sample is easily the best part of the book. I'm hesitant to give this author another try.
The character of Paul, who tends to be the story's binding glue, is so perfect that were he real, he would deserve a shrine. Rob, though less perfect, is influenced by Paul to do 180 degree turns in the space of 5 minutes.
The women, all of whom hold down important jobs requiring both skill and talent, manage to limit their conversations to the men ... the exception being Priya who, despite boneheaded behavior towards a would-be suitor, proves to be an excellent female friend.
I actually enjoyed the book once I realized that it was wishful thinking and a fantasy over how things might be. So, I turned off my reality button and smiled my way through it.
Wow, this book was really well edited. This made for very enjoyable reading. Kudos to the author. Looking forward to reading more from her.
I'm not familiar with Boston, so found some of the descriptions of how they got from place to place, and how far it was between places, boring.
I was very pleased with the quality of the editing.