What I had to say about it.I loved the writing in this book and the audiobook reader, which is half the battle. There were a few places where the time line seemed to jump, where it seemed there was an assumption that the reader knew that time had passed. My guess is that the printed format made these jumps more clear.
Unfortunately for me, I watched the trailer for the movie before cracking the book, which totally spoiled it for me. No more than reading the Goodreads synopsis will, though. Why do book summaries give so much away!?
An interesting thing I’ve been thinking about is what a stage director told me once: the protagonist of the book is the one that changes through the course of the story. There are many characters in this book but there really isn’t much character growth. However, the character development is good, if that makes sense.
Anyway, at times it is hard to remember that Isabel is struggling with the loss of her children and the life that she hoped to have with Tom. During these times she just seems annoying and pushy.
This is a great book club pick because it tugs on the heart strings and there are potentially moral questions with no clear right or wrong answer. Bring the tissues. By the end I was a blubbering mess.