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The Search Angel Paperback – International Edition, June 4, 2013
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About the Author
TISH COHEN is the author of both YA and adult novels, including The Truth About Delilah Blue, Inside Out Girl and Town House. The latter two have been optioned for film. Visit her online at tishcohen.com and on Twitter @TishCohen.
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I liked Cohen's writing style. Eleanor was engaging and easy to root for. Cohen did a good job portraying adoption complexities. The minor characters were quirky. I had a hard time buying into the sudden search as it tied into Eleanor's adoption of the baby. The book title is somewhat misleading, THE SEARCH ANGEL only appeared mid book and wasn't the focus of the story.
Overall a light read.
I'd love to give this book at least 4 stars, but I'm too disappointed in all the mistakes in the narrative that had me clucking my tongue and shaking my head. Without giving away too much of the plot, here are a few examples:
1) A character asks "Have you told Julie?" I had to go back to the beginning of the book to look for a character named Julie. There was never any Julie then or later in the story. From the context of the conversation I can only assume he meant "Nancy," the adoption case worker, but the author used the name Julie instead. I really scratched my head over that one.
2) There's a DVD of a 6 month old child with "tiny white teeth" in chapter 2. I blinked at that, thinking that's early for a baby to have teeth, but it's not unheard of so I didn't think about it again until chapter 39 when we're told this child's front teeth haven't come in yet.
3) Jonathan asks Eleanor to have dinner with him at their favorite restaurant, one they used to call "our place." Two pages later, they're sitting at a table at the restaurant and he says, "I've always wanted to try this place." And she comments about a review she'd read but had never been there. Wait... what?
4) There are numerous situations of time incongruities where it's morning and then suddenly night and vice versa.
5) Her car is dead when she needs it to take her to the airport, then a few hours later she's driving it without any mention of how it miraculously started to run again.
6) My biggest problem is the elephant in the room that comes up when Eleanor meets her birthmother for the first time. Eleanor's nephew says to his grandmother: "Nana, why did you give up your baby?" Awkward silence follows. Totally understandable. But that elephant in the room never goes away. This is 3/4 of the way into the book. The question never comes up again and it's never answered. A total let down to have a crucial subplot left to dangle without any resolution whatsoever.
If this kind of thing doesn't affect your enjoyment of a book, that's great. But it did me. The author should have proofread the story more carefully, but even more to the point, her editor, or copyeditor at the very least, should have caught these mistakes. If not for all these errors, the book would have been a pretty good read.
Thank you that it had a very satisfying ending, without every aspect turning out "happily ever after." I will definitely look for more work by this author.