The book’s plot is fairly simple. The narrator, Ruby at the start of the novel is in a long distance relationship with Jack, waiting for him to visit. It’s revealed very quickly that Jack’s not the right man for her, and the two embark on a ‘break’. She opts to go and stay with her friend Harriet in Paris, and then discovers a old letter in a uninhabited apartment.
I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as Potter’s other work, Me and Mr Darcy. Ruby and Harriet are not very interesting, and some of their dialogue feels very old fashioned. I actually thought that Potter might have been a older woman, perhaps in her seventies or eighties.
It’s a easy read, if predictable, and without a central character who possesses much depth.
My advice if you are going to read one of Potter’s novels, would be to go for Me and Mr Darcy, instead.
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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