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- Print Length: 188 pages
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- Publication Date: October 20, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07H8QJNK2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Thanks Julie. Can't wait for the next one!
Julie remains a master of the plot twist. While I pretty much figured out where she was going in one instance, I was definitely surprised in the other. But I don't mind figuring out the twist, because it means Julie's plotting choices remain exciting yet believable. Once again, she proves she can take a limited amount of time and page space, and craft a fully realized, three-dimensional story.
*Spoilers in next section*
Some of Julie's plot choices work great, while others make sense but could have been handled differently. For instance, kudos on creating Marlene, a cancer survivor who is neither saintly nor pathetic, but maintains a strong faith. It's not easy to balance these two character traits; in fact, it's downright mind-boggling at times. But Julie pulls it off with aplomb. Also, kudos to her for dealing with the fact that sometimes, friendships can take attention and time away from a marriage. In our world of "independent couples," where husbands and wives have separate friends, separate checking accounts, separate activities, etc., that conflict seems forgotten. Without being preachy, Julie drives home the message that ideally, your spouse, while not the only person in your life, should be a confidant.
I was a little taken aback by the subplot involving Will, partially since Julie did something similar with Jamie McKenna's history and partially because it made me wonder, "How many times can she do this and still make it fresh? And while we're at it, how many ladies has Luke McGee hooked up with--wasn't there another one somewhere in there?" All told though, it worked out well in the end, so no harm no foul there--I just hope it isn't a trope she intends to fall back on a lot, the way I've seen other authors do.
I was also disappointed that time wasn't taken to delve into exactly why Katie's friendship with Marlene was so important, or why Marlene was her only friend. I knew about Katie's history with psoriasis, but if you were new to the O'Connor books, you'd have no clue. There is some talk of how Katie found it easier to gather admirers instead of friends, and I like that that distinction was made. But I definitely wanted a little more. Perhaps if we had seen Katie try and fail to maintain friendships? Perhaps if she, like Luke, made a habit of reaching out to kids with disabilities and conditions like she had?
Anyway, Julie slams the ball out of the park again overall. This is a quick, but rich read, kind of like that tiny square of Christmas fudge that gives you just enough and leaves you wanting more. Pop it into your Kindle or a slot on your shelf and savor!