With the Summer sun in full blast and trips to the pool very plentiful, it also means that my trips to and from the bookshelf become more regular.
Cue the beach reads and easy-going storylines – or as my boyfriend calls them, ‘girly books’.
This one definitely falls in to the ‘girly book’ category. A romcom perhaps, if you are looking for a more official term.
Told mostly from the view-point of three main characters – Maggie, Ethan and Ella – we travel through ups and downs, awkward but funny moments and of course the predictable happy ending for all. Now don’t get me wrong here, I’m not criticizing. Would a romcom really be a romcom without the sappy ending? One must expect – maybe even look forward to it.
That being said these intertwined lives are not without some hardships and there are a few twists and turns that did have me second guessing if my gut instincts were correct after all. Breakups, blackmail, enough adultery to last a lifetime and even an unexpected murder are just a few of the hurdles sprinkled throughout the story.
Ethan could most simply be described as a womanizer, however, after you become more acquainted with his wife and home life you almost come to sympathize with him. Tied together and seemingly trapped forever in a grueling life with unbearable in-laws, a severe health scare may be the wake up call he needs.
Ella on the other hand is what some would describe as a free spirit. She has managed to escape from the unhealthy personal life she was once victim to and has made a life all of her own. Supporting herself and building an extremely successful career from scratch speaks volumes of the caring person Ella is but maybe believing in second chances will ultimately be her downfall.
Maggie is sick of feeling mediocre. Mediocre employers, mediocre husband, mediocre happiness. Doesn’t everyone deserve blinding happiness? To have someone sweep them off their feet and have mind-blowing sex with? Even just a mother-in-law that didn’t hand out insults like candy on Halloween would be an improvement. The old Maggie let these daydreams float around her head day in, day out. The new Maggie though, maybe she would do something about it.
I think my favorite thing about this story is the supporting characters – Mrs O, Daryl, Hal and even conniving Christine. They all have such interesting traits and bring great substance to the story.
Let me know what you think….