Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Moment of Everything

by Shelly King

Oh, how I wanted to love this book, based on the cover alone! Alas, the cover is just that: a cover. It is a charming. It is cute. But it is just a cover.

Briefly: Maggie Dupres get laid off from her latest Silicon Valley start-up. As she waits for the next Big Thing to come along, her BFF, Dizzy, ropes her into a book group. The group is headed by a businesswoman with great connections, so Maggie consents. Now, she just needs to obtain a copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover.

This is where the used bookstore and the book full of correspondence between a man and a woman come into the picture.

And then the story falls apart. The author could have made the novel great, if only she had stuck to what appears to be the original idea for the novel's plot.

Instead, the story is all over the place. It's about Maggie looking for a job, it's about the characters who work at the used bookstore, it's about the friends of the characters at the bookstore, it's about the love notes written in Maggie's copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover, it's about Maggie's mama wanting Maggie to move back home to the South, etc.

In my opinion, the author lost her focus and probably lost some readers along the way. I was really disappointed with this novel.


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