When I was looking online for a birthday present for my dad last year, this book caught my eye as he likes reading books by James Patterson. However, when I read the synopsis I decided it was much more a book for me, so I decided to treat myself. It was in the sale on the book people website and only cost £3.
~ Authors ~
This book is written by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. I've noticed that James Patterson often writes with another author, and my dad says he doesn't enjoy the books that have been co-written. This was the first James Patterson book I've read and I enjoyed it, but I've got none of his other work to compare to.
James Patterson is an American author famous for his thriller novels. He's written a number of series (Alex Cross, Women's murder club) and he's also written some standalone novel, one of which is this book.
Gabrielle Charbonnet lives in North Carolina and published over 75 books. She has written lots of children books and has written books under a pseudonym, Cate Tiernan. She says that Sunday's at Tiffany's was Patterson's idea but she worked on it with him. She says that not all writer's give co-writers the credit that Patterson does, and she thinks it's 'gutsy and generous'.
~ The Plot ~
The story focuses on Jane Margaux and her imaginary friend Michael. The book is written from both perspectives (which I always enjoy in a book as, if well written, I think it lets you get to know each of the characters better).
Jane's mother is a busy, powerful woman on Broadway and has very little time to spend with Jane. They have weekly Sunday visits to Tiffany's to admire the jewellery and Jane looks forward to these trips. As Jane is often left to occupy herself she meets handsome, funny, thirty-something Michael. No one else can see Michael and no one else believes he exists beyond Jane's imagination. Jane loves Michael dearly and the talk from morning til night. She is very upset on her 9th birthday when Michael tells Jane he's leaving. He reassures her that the next day she won't even remember he existed so there's no need to get upset. Michael doesn't want to leave Jane but takes comfort in the thought that she won't be upset as she won't remember him. However, Jane never forgets Michael and sees someone she believes looks just like him in her adult life. Could this be Michael? Could they have found each other again?? Will Jane get her happy ever after?
"Sundays at Tiffany's" is a heart-warming romance about a girl who until now has lived her life on the sidelines, about what it feels like to fall in love, a tale of soulmates."
~ My Opinion ~
When I was a young child I had an imaginary friend called Ali, and he came everywhere with me. I wouldn't eat my tea unless there was a place set for him and whenever I got into trouble it was Ali who'd done it not me! Obviously, I grew out of my imaginary friend but I have fond memories and am still interested in reading novels about imaginary friends. When I saw that's what this book was about I couldn't wait to order it and get started!
I enjoyed this book, although not as much as I thought I would. I think I had high expectations and although I enjoyed reading this book, I couldn't help thinking 'is that it?' when I got to the end. I think this was mainly due to the short length. The chapters are short so the story moves along really quickly. In some ways I thought this was good as it meant it was boring, and it was easy to pick up and just read a couple of chapters as they were so short. However, I felt it also didn't give much chance for the characters to be fully developed, and I felt just as I was getting into the story, it was finished. However, I did feel like I got to know the characters a bit and I did want things to turn out well for them.
I read the book quickly as it was so short. My copy is hardback and has large print, which, coupled with the short chapters made for a quick read.
I think there's something magical about imaginary friends that take me back to my childhood and give me a warm, happy feeling inside. Whilst reading this book, it felt totally plausible that imaginary friends really do exist... (and who's to say they don't??) and for that this book is worth a read.
Sundays at Tiffany's is different to most romance novels I've read and for this I think it's worth a read. Although it would be put into the romance category I think it has something a little bit different to bring to genre. It might be worth a read even if you don't usually go for romance. It's not the best book I've ever read but I did enjoy it. I don't think it is a book I would be likely to read again, unless I run out of other things to read. It was fast paced and the ending tied everything up nicely.
Sundays at Tiffany's is available on Amazon from £1.84 (£4.49 for Kindle) - 5th Feb 2011
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd (12 Mar 2009)
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I have read many James Patterson books, some have been a part of one of his series' and some are the one-off stories that he creates, this story being one of them.
This story has a romantic theme and one which at the end of the story will have given you a small pang in your heart and leave you with a smile on your face. Throughout reading this book I sensed the love James Patterson was trying to portray between the characters and I loved the feeling this book left me with. The book like many of his was an easy read, in the sense that there was no plot to really follow and concentrate on, you could just pick it up and put it down whenever you felt like, however like with most James Patterson books I am sure you won't put this book down as you just want to read more and more partly due to the story and partly due to the short chapters as you finish one you will just continue to read another and before you know it, the final page has been turned and if you are anything like me the book will leave you with a sense of happiness from having read such a lovely story but a little sad that the story is at the end!
Jane's mum has never got the time for her, she is to busy running her production company and test driving new husbands. If it wasn't for Jane's imaginary friend she would be all alone in the world, but then the unthinkable happens, its Jane's 9th birthday, not only does her mum forget her birthday and her dad not have time for her as he is rushing off on holiday with his new wife, her imaginary friend Michael has to leave his assignment is up. He tells Jane not to be upset she will not remember him it'll be like he never existed
We re-enter Jane's life Twenty three years later, on the outside everything is perfect, good job, handsome boyfriend etc, but everything is not as it seems, Jane never forgot Michael and for some reason Michael can't get Jane out of his head. . .
Sundays at Tiffany's is a collaboration between James Patterson who is best known for his crime series the Woman's Murder Club and his Alex Cross novels, and Gabrielle Charbonnet who is a prolific children's writer.
I really enjoyed this book, it is a short sweet story, and this must be the influence of Gabrielle as it does have a fairytale feel about it. I felt sorry for Jane with her critical mother and was glad that Jane had Michael when she was younger. I love the description of there Sundays at Tiffany's the description of the ice cream Sunday Jane eats is very tempting, I loved the closeness that Jane and Michael have, they are in there own little world.
At first the Jane and Michael relationship seems a bit odd but as you read on you discover that he is an imaginary friend and that Jane is just one of his many assignments that he has had over his extremely long life time. I was devastated for Jane when Michael had to leave, you truly feel how alone Jane is in the world without him.
Jane's mother Vivienne is a very strong character she runs her production company with a fist of steel and this seems to be an attitude she has used to bring up Jane. Jane's Father only plays a small roll in this book and it seems that he is only a fleeting part of Jane's life. In spite of all this Jane turns out to be a lovely trusting adult.
Michael comes back into Jane's life at just the right time but this time around he is not imaginary, this has interesting consequences for everyone in Jane's life, including Michael.
In conclusion I found this to be a very easy read, its super sweet with a sugar coating so not everybody's cup of tea. If you're expecting some typical James Patterson mystery then you will be disappointed.
Thank you for reading x
It is safe to say that I am a James Patterson fan, with his fast paced and often violent tales featuring one of his famous characters, or his brilliant one-off novels. The author has hit the heights as one of the most successful authors ever, so I was surprised when I read the blurb of Sundays at Tiffany's, reading a description of what seemed to be a romance novel.
At first, I wondered if it was a different James Patterson and there had been some confusion, but I soon realised from the setup of the short chapters and the quick text leaving no room for breathing that this was indeed the US crime thriller author himself, having a stab at a romance novel.
usually, I am not a fan of this genre, and as a result, I did find it rather hard to completely appreciate the story at hand. However, what Patterson has done he has done very well. The story mixes some of his skills at fantasy (with the Maximum Ride books) and a thriller-esque style, by examining the theory behind imaginary friends.
As a child, Jane had an imaginary friend called Michael. When she was 9, he went away. However, years later, she meets a man and becomes involved with him romantically, convinced he is the same Michael that she concocted all those years ago. Things seem to be going swimmingly, but something sinister and not all together innocent is lurking ust round the corner. Well, it wouldn't be James Patterson otherwise would it?
Patterson does very well in creating a non-violent tale that ius definitely more a romance than anything else, but he does keep an element of the fantasy and the thriller in there. This will please fans of his usual work, but most will probably not regard it as his greatest work. Perhaps the author is attempting to branch out into a different genre, targeting romance readers in the hope of bringing them on board with his work, and if this is a sign of things to come, then I encourage him to continue along these lines.
I'll admit, I wasn't overawed by the book, bu then it's not my favoured genre at all. Patterson kept his usual style of short chapters and quick text, meaning that characterisation and time for dawdling is at a minimum. Romance readers will likely regard this as a romance trash novel to be read on holiday, and I wouldn't disagree with them. Give it a go, but don't expect the usual Patterson thriller. Sundays at Tiffany's is available from amazon.co.uk for £4.89.