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I was bored by the 'present day' characters and found them just ...
on January 2, 2015
I had high hopes for this book, but I found it just okay. The story of Dolly, Jimmy, and Vivien was the most interesting part; I was bored by the 'present day' characters and found them just to be a means to make the story longer and draw out the suspense without really adding anything to the overall story. Laurels' character was pretty much unchanged by the dramatic events of her life (life goals, relationship with mother, etc) so there wasn't really anything to keep my interest in her. I mostly felt an impatience to get back to the WWII parts of the story, that were interesting, but had to be told in such small segments that the development that took place felt rushed and melodramatic to me, instead of believable. But I did find Dolly, Jimmy, and Vivien to be interesting, compelling characters, just wish the whole book had been about them without all the dragging suspense of switching back and forth.