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OK, this is my revised review. I finally had a chance to get back with Penny and Jake, and it was well worth it! Totally in agreement with the other reviews here and I'm upping my star rating to five. This is a great example of using the power of story to convey profound and sometimes difficult concepts without preaching, philosophizing, or metafizzling. It is comforting and inspirational on the order of Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain, a book I keep gifting. Thanks, Meg, for a great resource, as well as a great read!
Along with the eye-opening story, Meg’s book has wonderful descriptions of Eureka, Arkansas, where it all takes place.
I read it while traveling to visit my family for the holidays and it was a great companion.
Change is scary. One of the things I enjoyed the most about this novel was how it explored why people are so afraid of new things and what happens when someone is caught off guard by it. I was especially intrigued by how the different characters reacted to circumstances that were sometimes similar to one another. No two people will necessarily respond the same way to the same sequence of events. It was interesting to see how their personalities and past experiences influenced their reactions to these scenes.
This book had a tendency to tell the reader what was happening instead of showing it to us. The characters themselves were well done, but I never had the chance to figure out what it was that made them so fascinating for myself because the narrator told me just about everything there was to know about them as soon as they were introduced. This tendency also extended to the plot itself. The premise was great, but I wasn’t able to immerse myself in what was happening because so much of it was revealed upfront.
The plot twists were nicely done. While I saw some of them coming ahead of time, there were also a few surprises along the way that I never would have expected from this tale. The author seemed to have an intuitive understanding of what the audience was expecting from her, and she knew exactly when to give to those expectations as well as when she should ignore them. Her creativity in this area makes me curious to see what she will come up with next!
I’d recommend At the Corner of Magnetic and Main to anyone who is in the mood for a romantic ghost story that isn’t frightening at all.
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Penny (17) died in 1952. On Magnetic/Main there stood the Magnetic Ice Cream Parlor & Diner owned by Hank & Molly since the middle 70’s.Read more