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Reading this book was like picking a jellybean from a bowl without looking…you never knew what to expect! Sometimes you got a black jellybean (argh) and other times you got an orange one (yum). While there were sections of this multiple genre-spanning book I loved, there were more sections that had me scratching my head as to why they were included. I also noted several times the veering away from the show-don’t-tell guidelines and wondered if I’d have connected better to Kate had I seen more of her actions rather than been told about them. Overall, a good trim, some tweaking of pacing issues and a tad more character development would make this a more satisfying read for me.
I’m aware that this is a CBC-recommended author and an established Canadian author and I’m willing to try another book on his back list. This one, however, wasn’t for me.
I was gifted this advance copy by Kurt Palka, Penguin Random House Canada, McClelland & Stewart, and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.
I loved the whole story. I loved the ending! This is a love story. I went to the library looking for a certain book and ended up getting this one which was on display. I thought I'd give it a try. It's the first book I've read by this author who I was happy to read is from the Toronto area, near where I live. It was one of those books that is easy to read, deep and enjoyable. There's a mystery to it. When I returned it I picked up two more of his books. Looking forward to reading them.