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Brennan is amazing at engaging the reader by having Sarah speak directly to us. This is a personal story that she, with her wit and charm, shares with us relating both her introspections and observations on her own behaviors, those of her new lover, and the people around her. The humor is sometimes subtle and sometimes jabs you right in the gut. There is an array of superficial and deep emotion that carries the reader along with laughter and tears as the kind and compassionate physician makes one discovery after another about herself and her soulmate…the ideal man of her dreams.
We cannot help but fall in love with the hapless doctor. We, too, can’t help but become infatuated with Dylan, until his unchecked character defects become clear. The ancillary characters are deeply developed as well. The subplots that are going on in the story are as profound as the story itself. The reader becomes fully aware that this is NOT a romance novel, but a neatly disguised examination of intrapersonal and interpersonal relations in general.
If you are looking for a read that is well-written, clever, and offers insightful and engaging appraisal of love, life and the pursuit of happiness, you will love this book. I highly recommend it.
5 Stars out of 5
The last two characters who play a major role in the story are Dylan and Steve. Dylan is an architect and because of his handsomeness and British wit, Sarah falls for him like a ton of bricks. Of course, in the ensuing relationship Jules is a metaphorical representative of the Greek chorus in the classic tragedies continually warning Sarah of the pitfalls of love. Steve is Dylan’s brother and is forced to play a role of truth teller as far as his brother ‘s activities are concerned. He continually puts his foot in his mouth by giving away family secrets that Dylan wants to be kept quiet.
As I said in the opening paragraph I enjoyed this book very much. The first item which pleased me to no end is the author chose the first person narrative. This is a personal favorite point of view since it allows the reader to be part of the action from a front row seat. The narrator has taken us readers into confidence and is sharing personal thoughts about the action. Mr. Brennan has an excellent command of the writer’s craft and handles this point of view deftly and with great skill. The second item is the way the story is constructed. There is a tongue in cheek reference to a relationship novel that the reader comes to believe Sarah is writing. We do come to the point that the reference is more or less rhetorical, but does provide a tight framework for the unfolding story. The third item is the way in which Mr. Brennen writes. He has a magical quality of taking a very few words and exploding those minimal choices into magnificent descriptions. He never slows the plot with tedious overwriting and seems to be almost clairvoyant to the point when the reader wants to move on. The fourth item is the use of dialog the way it should be used. He has few tags to identify who is talking and the miraculous thing is the reader has no question of who said what to whom. The fifth is the fact that Mr. Brennan decided to take on the task of telling the story as a female narrator. I admire his bravery and believe (although I’m not a female) he got it right. It could be he knows some females who could give him advice or he is a god which I suspect.
I liked a lot of other things about Occasional Soulmates including; character development, scene construction and the final resolution of the conflict Mr. Brennan so richly developed.
This is a book which everyone who wants to enjoy a well told and masterfully constructed contemporary literary tale should pick up. For anyone who wants to be a writer, this book can provide a premier example of how to do it right.
I found the tone of this novel flawless. The compassion the author feels for his characters shines through every page as he simply allows them to be themselves, no matter what missteps they make along the way. I trusted Sarah's journey not because I was certain everything would turn out as she wanted, but because I trusted the author's deft ability to show her and her beloved in all their fragile, and sometimes tough, humanity.
This is a real woman, a doctor, with a life and a job and baggage. And it is all utterly believable in its own context, leading me down the path of understanding who she was and why she was with none of the little 'refrigerator moments' - the ones where you wake up in the middle of the night questioning a plot point that has to be swallowed whole for the story to happen, and doesn't really make sense.
The writer is sure in his handling of every scene. I've visited the Mission District recently - it was exactly as described.
But all the background is just background. The necessary base for a relationship that shines through. Where people make love and commitments and mistakes and where your heart aches along with them.
This novel has depth. And reality. I'm so glad I found it.