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Author: Janet Evanovich

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      14.06.2009 18:03
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      Not for me

      Alexandra is a Manhattan career woman but she feels like something is missing from her life. Sick of living for her job Alexandra swaps her flat for a cabin in Alaska and a hardware store, convinced that she will find the perfect husband, and future father to her children, in Alaska.
      Michael Casey is a conveniently placed millionaire who lives on the mountain where Alexandra's new cabin is. When Alexandra turns up he finds his life being turned upside down. The last thing he needs is to fall in love with a woman who will mostly likely flee Alaska before the winter is over.

      Although I have given this book only two stars, there isn't actually anything wrong with it. It simply is not my kind of book.

      I liked the writing style. It was simple, easy to follow and Evanovich gave enough information and description without boring the reader by going over the top.

      I bought this book in a charity shop for 50p, I wouldn't pay much more than that even if this is your kind of book because this is actually only a short story (about 220 pages long) and not a novel length book. The book looks longer than it is because there's the first couple of chapters of another book in the back of this one.

      The problem I had with the book was the plot and the characters.

      Both the plot and the characters were written well, the characters even had a surprising amount of depth considering this is only a short story. However, the plot is not one that I enjoyed and the characters were not characters that I could relate to at all.

      Alexandra is 29 and is obsessed with her biological clock, convinced that she needs to have a baby soon because she's getting old. I try to keep in mind that this book was written in the 80s and that things were different then, but I really can't understand why a 29 year old would be panicking about not having children. 29 is so young!
      Alexandra goes from an independent, business woman to cooking and cleaning for Michael and obsessing over becoming his wife. This is not something I can really relate to...it's quite possibly my worst nightmare but I imagine that if you're the kind of woman who aspires to being a wife and mother, or who is enjoying being a wife and mother then you will probably get a lot more out of this book than I did.

      There are many admirable qualities in Alexandra, she's very determined and she is quite strong emotionally. She also manages to remain very upbeat even when things are not going her way. However, she also appears to be completely desperate. Her obsession with and honesty about wanting to find a husband and the fact that she's very open about her reason for moving to Alaska (men are outnumbered by women) just made her seem desperate to me.

      Michael is nice enough but he's not particularly memorable. He's a rich, good looking man so I guess pretty perfect for a hero in a romance novel but there's not much more to him than that.

      There are parts of this book that I just didn't get. Like when Alexandra meets Michael she imagines him as he would have been as a child. Am I the only person that thinks this is weird? The last thing I want to do when I'm thinking lustful thoughts about someone is imagine them as a child.

      Although this book is a romance novel and so of course is all about Alexandra getting her happily ever after with her perfect man, it left me feeling quite sad. Alexandra moves to a new place and puts all of her effort into doing up her cabin and her business and building up a relationship with Michael which of course is fine, it's good to have a nice home, boyfriend and business but she doesn't make any friends. I think she meets one person who she gets on well with but doesn't seem to form any other bonds or make good friends, I don't think there's even another female in this book. She spends weeks not interacting with Michael and comments on how lonely she is but she doesn't actually try to make any friends or meet new people. I just felt that even at the end (and I'm not going to tell you how it ends) her life is still quite empty.

      As I said this book is not for me. There's nothing wrong with it, the writer is a talented writer (especially considering this is one of her earlier books) and as a romance short story it has everything that you would expect. I just found it hard to relate to the main character and didn't particularly like the plot.


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