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More substance than the title suggests. . .
on November 17, 2012
The title suggests romantic fluff, and that is a disservice to this story. I suppose it's a chick novel with three feminine protagonists, but it deserves a wider audience. The closest author analogies that come to mind are the short stories Of Wendell Berry, or the later novels of Joe Coomer. There is no conventional romance, just a fair portrayal of the many adjustments living and loving of all sorts sometimes requires. The voices of the characters are real and natural. The narrative voice is steady, familiar with the challenges maturing brings at every age, and ready to laugh both darkly and kindly at human imperfection. Chesterton said somewhere 'Anything worth doing is worth doing badly'; loving as best you can, always imperfectly, does much more good than not loving at all. I hope Ms. Downs has another novel in the works.