What better way to start off my 2021 GoodReads Reading Challenge than by reading a novel from an author whose books I’ve not read before? My first book for the year is from best selling author, Jane Green which I bought from one of the Big Bad Wolf Book events I attended. Remember those days when we could hold big events like book sales? I miss it!
Thoughts on the Book
I was drawn to the book because of the plot. I thought it was interesting. I’ve never before read a story where the main protagonist was over the age of sixty.
However Nan is not the only character in the book. There are quite a few that were given focus in the book. The other characters in the story are Daff, who’s just become a single parent after divorcing her husband who had an affair. There’s Michael, Nan’s son who came to live with her again at Nantucket. Then there’s Daniel who also came to live with Nan after his divorce.
Other characters in the story are Bree, Daniel’s ex-wife and her father, Evan; Richard, Daff’s ex-husband and Jess, her teenage daughter; Carrie, Richard’s girlfriend and Jordana, Michael’s boss.
Some readers complained about the book having too many characters. While I did not see a problem with that since there really are just four main key characters in this book, I agree that the style of writing was distracting. The author switched character point of views from one to another so quickly that at times I had to reread it to understand whose point of view was being narrated. Also, I think there were certain point of views we could have done without and I mean the other supporting characters. Knowing their thought or what they were going through wasn’t really going to affect the overall story of the book. It almost felt like these were just fillers.
I wasn’t involved in the story of the other three. I only really liked Nan’s story. While I liked the ending of this book, I thought the main conflict, the ghost from Nan’s past, ended too abruptly. I felt like there was no closure.
What I Loved
Writing style aside, I thought this book was a good read. It made me want to live in Nantucket, it sounded like a charming place to live at. I thought the overall story which is centered on new beginnings was good and heartwarming. I love stories about starting over. It always reminds me that even when you encounter difficulties and failures, you can always get back up on your feet again.