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The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love Paperback – April 16, 2009
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I have not read the first book or watched the movie (or movies). So I started the book feeling a little confused. The style of writing felt more like a movie than the author's typical style of writing. Other reviewers also mentioned that it felt more like reading a screen play than reading a novel. Perhaps this might have contributed to the unrealistic feel that the entire book left me with. The secondary story of the older woman was intriguing, but has definitely been done before. While I enjoyed the story for the most part, it didn't leave me with the desire to go back and check out the first book.
I received this book free of charge from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.
At the end of the book there is a note from Hunt, who explains that the setting and a character name have changed from <em>The Note</em>. Actually they were changed when <em>The Note </em>was made into a Hallmark movie. I think a big difference in the books is that while Hallmark took <em>The Note</em> and made it into a movie (which I'll assume had Hallmarks usual sweet style) <em>The Note II</em> was written to be a Hallmark movie, and it shows. This book has a center section with glossy photos of the movie, which stars Genie Francis and Ted McGinley.
While characterized as Christian fiction, I stated that religion played almost no part in <em>The Note</em> and that I thought anyone could enjoy the book, even if not Christian. <em>The Note II</em> is more obviously Christian. We go to church with Peyton and hear part of the sermon. Peyton mentions God in some of her columns. The religious aspects aren't overbearing, but they are there, not really relevant to the story and probably are enough to turn off someone who doesn't want to read about religion in a novel.
If I hadn't read The Note, I might have been happier with The Note II. As it is, I'd characterize it as fair--a quick easy read, another visit with friends from The Note, but nothing exceptional.
There is a theme of taking the initiative to step out and ask forgiveness of those you've wronged so that you can move forward with life. Lead with your heart, not your head. This story begins where the The Note leaves off.
Everyone knows that the book is better than the movie, and in this case, that certainly proves true. I enjoyed reading the thoughts of the protagonist, Peyton. Her thoughts need to be "heard." In the movie, the viewer is forced to "read between the lines." In the book, the reader peeks inside her brain to better understand her thought process. Discussions questions are included.