It’s not because it was very very bad that I’m only giving it two stars. The story was actually pretty interesting and original but my main issue with this book was the lead male character. What. A. Jackass…
I HATED him!! Why would you write a character like this Cecelia? Why?
Aherns main target market is women right? So why she wrote the male lead character as a total dickhead I’ll never understand. He was selfish, he was vain, he treated most of the women in his life terribly including his daughter and he was so bloody whiney. Aren’t we all supposed to fall in love with the male character too? Can you fall in hate? Because that’s what I did. Fell head over heels in hate with Justin, I did.
There were too many flaws and annoyances in this book to justify giving it more than two stars. I found it hard to relate to Joyce also. She had just lost a baby but decides pretty much immediately that her marriage is over now that there is no baby to keep them together. Why would you bring a child into a relationship where the parents are not happy together? Band aid babies don’t work and they’re extremely selfish on the adults part. Then within about a week or two she falls head over heels in love with a man she’s barely said two words to. The fact that Justin was so unlikeable made me want to scream at her “DONT BOTHER LOVE HES A TOTAL WASTE OF SPACE”. Also by the way, the author could have researched the physical aspects of a miscarriage, especially one at that late stage. Flying to London a few days after is probably not what most women would want to do in that situation.
I will say that Joyce’s father was by far my favourite part of the whole book. He was written exceptionally well which made the disaster that is Justin’s character stand out even more. I loved all his typical old Irish man comments and he made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. The way Joyce treated him made me want to punch her in the face and I’m not a violent person.
Doris and Al were also pretty funny in their own way but Frankie and Kate irritated me. Frankie more so than Kate. Her attitude towards Kate for deciding to be a stay-at-home mum was atrocious. I, personally, have all the respect and admiration in the world for stay-at-home mums because I couldn’t do it and wish I could. The weekends are hard enough in my eyes!
Not Aherns best work for sure.