The last date was our wedding. It wasn't a test, exactly, but it was still something I could fail. I call that a well deserved book hangover.
But Katherine Center hit all the high marks. The budding romance will draw readers in, but the relationships among the many other characters also make it memorable. I HIGHLY recommend this one.
Questions? - I did like her, but goodness. My friend Dylan did it with his girlfriend last week.
Ok, I really did like this book as I was reading it. I thought Margret was pretty cool and likable and I was rooting for her all through the story, but I did not find these characters realistic. Especially towards the end. How could she stay best friends with Chip's mom? Especially after Chip's mom went into Maggie's hospital room demanding she break up with her son and blaming her for making him feel guilty so he would stay with her. EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS PARALYZED BY HIM. I feel like any mother would be absolutely FURIOUS at that woman. And then they all get invited to Chip's wedding, see that Maggie wasn't invited, and still want to go? Why would Chip's mom even invite them at all, if she knows that Maggie now lives with her mom and would see the invite? Why was the invite not only for Maggie's mom? They included the dad who she knew was separated, and Kitty who hadn't even had contact with Chip's family in over three years and was not going to be invited to Chip and Maggie's wedding before the crash. The answer to that is the author needed a way to somehow get them all in Europe I guess. I don't know, that was weird and seemed like lazy writing. I know that is supposed to be a flaw in her character but that is not motherly, that is horrible. And Ian was just... I liked him really, but I did not see Maggie slowly falling for the guy as the author intended it. All of a sudden BAM she's head over heals and asking him to marry her for a green card. I did like her, but goodness. It was way too easy for her to believe that Ian had no feelings for her. It was like any RomCom on Hallmark or Lifetime. Of course he still liked you but felt like he had to leave you because it was for the best blah blah blah. I actually really liked the beginning of the book and reading about Maggie's ups and downs in the hospital. Her breaking up with Chip was awesome, and the triumphs and failings in the hospital were really interesting to read. But the characters made no sense to me. They didn't act like real people. No family would go to the wedding of the selfish and horrible man that paralyzed their daughter. A mom would not stay best friends with a woman who tried to make her son the victim in an accident he caused. I really think it is also hard to fall in love with someone who showed no emotions except for the occasional half smile. The little love story ended up very cute and the epilogue put a nice little bow on everything. If you are into Hallmark and Lifetime movies this is for you! If you are into strong, realistic characters, it is not! It's one of my new favorites BOM has to offer! A novel with a hint of self-help! I was hooked after the first few sentences, which is hard to come by these days haven't been able to get into the past few BOM selections , and maybe I was hooked because I relate well to Margaret minus the plane crash survivor part , but definitely relate to the relationship she has with her mother. And Ian, love him! And Chip - I was hoping something mildly bad would happen to him, but unfortunately, it didn't - well, he did marry his ex, the girl that whined a lot, so that seems to be unfortunate. This novel shows that despite the amount of trauma or loss a person experiences, a person can always find reasons to be grateful, even though it's difficult. But you have to live the life you have. You have to find inspiration in the struggle, and pull joy out of the hardship. That's what we try to do - counterbalance the suffering with laughter, fuzzy blankets, hugs, sing-alongs, sunny-day picnics, chocolate chip cookies, and wildflowers. Because that's all we can do: carry the sorrow when we have to, and absolutely savor the joy when we can. Life is always, always both. I know this is long my apologies , but one last point: I'm an EMT-B and have experienced and seen more trauma and tragedy in a year than I hope anyone has to ever experience in their life time. I'm learning that taking care of others is a way of taking care of myself and there's not any other way to describe it. I hope others enjoy this novel as much as I have and if you don't like it, I'd love to know your thoughts about it. Actually, I'd love to know everyones' thoughts about it!