Just Like Heaven (Anglais) Poche – 1 mars 2007
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The back cover led me to believe that the novel was a contemporary romance novel between two forty-somethings. I was pleased to see a book about mature adults for a change, rather than Gen X yuppies on the prowl. In addition, the premise of the couple meeting over a heart attack was certainly unique and enjoyable to read.
One expects complications to ensue after the initial meeting. One does not expect pro-Catholic prosiness or lengthy discourses on the male protagonist's induction into the Episcopal priesthood and his attempts to get a new job. Honestly, if I wanted to read about a job hunt, I'd be reading employment chat sites and not a romance novel. In fact, by the time the author treated us to a line by line copy of service of the Episcopal induction into the priesthood, I was done with the book.
I certainly have nothing against spirituality in life or books, but I wish the back cover had provided more accurate information on the content to enable me to make reading choices appropriate to my interests.
In addition, I found the hypocrisy of Kate's daughter going to Catholic mass while living with her boyfriend ironic and the smug superiority of Kate's daughter and mother about what she really needed in her life was just annoying. I truly found the mother's insouciance about the impact of her life decisions on Kate, especially in regards to men, frustrating to read.
Barbara Bretton's writing is, as expected, flawless. All of the characters are completely imperfect and yet totally relatable. I loved the supporting characters - Kate's Daughter and Mother, Best Friend and even Ex Husband. as well as the glimpse into Mark's friends. The arc of the story was perfect as was the pacing. You won't be sitting of the edge of your seat throughout this one, but you will be comfortably anticipating what is to come and waiting with baited breath for the Happily Ever After.
I will say that I was a tiny bit unpleasantly surprised by the amount of talk that there was circling around the religion issue. I guess it was to be expected with an Episcopalian Priest for a main character...but it still caught me off guard and there were a few conversations that I could have done without. That said, the book was still completely captivating and heart warming..and I have no problem recommending Bretton to lovers of Romance and HEAs.
Note: Book received in exchange for an Honest review
Mark sort of cursed sometimes, he watched The Sopranos, he had sex outside of marriage, and he ended up marrying a near-agnostic.
There was one particular scene I enjoyed: when Kate and Paul enter the house and to her surprise, Mark is there. The way they were drawn like magnets to each other, the way they linked hands, it was a good scene.