Rating: 3 stars ***
While I did not fall madly in love with this novel, I did enjoy reading it. There is just something fresh about starting over, especially in a quirky small town where everyone knows every minute detail about its inhabitants and their lives.
I had a couple of issues with the beginning as Paige found herself deserted by her husband. I mean, at first she thought it was a joke, laughed it off. And not a minute after when it dawned on her that he may not be coming back she immediately fell apart. For me, this gave me an instant dislike of her. I would assume that anybody deserted in a foreign town would immediately call someone for help, advice, call their jerk of a husband and ask for some details as to what the heck he was trying to accomplish by making this devastating prank. I mean, it would have been great to know, as a reader, at that particular moment, that Paige could not call David because he never talked on his cell while driving, or that she had no real friends or family. We didn’t find this out until almost a few days later when she decided to call her uncle. And we didn’t find out that David didn’t talk while driving until the book was almost over. Another issue I had, was the fact that we later found out she could call one her Uncle’s old maid whom she called a friend and maybe she could have helped…like in the beginning and not towards the end?
I hated that Paige seemed so helpless and simple minded not to mention lack of common sense to have even tried to reach out from the beginning. She did nothing but skulks and mourns for a husband she sure as heck wasn’t in love with, hadn’t been intimate with in a while. I mean, I just didn’t get it and I had to re-read the beginning to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. I wasn’t. Same scenario ten minutes later and I was still peeved.
I found at first it was hard to connect with Paige because she instantly pissed me off, I wasn’t as a reader given any reason to like Paige, relate to her plight, be pissed at David instead of her. In that instant I sided with David. Paige was just…just…very very maddening.
I mean that is no reason to desert your wife but I could see his point, when we later found out why he left her although there is more to his reasoning.
Besides this first setback for me in the book, I continued although skeptically. But I came to love other characters in the book and found myself wanting to know more about them. Soon Paige redeemed herself by becoming more human and relatable, but it was like a roller coaster. One minute she was a good strong solid lead character and in the next I was pissed at her again for some reason or another.
But who could not love Deidre the neighborhood mother hen who took in stray children off the streets, fed the hungry, and showed Paige how to look for meaningful things in life. There was also Darnell a well rounded (literally) bar keep who had a troublesome younger brother whom he cared immensely about.
And who could not love the horribly broken Bryce or Al who Paige took in off the streets to help with home repairs in exchange for shelter and food.
Once I connected with the cast of miscreants who lived in the small desolate town, I began to understand Paige a little. I followed her story of discovery and began to get into it.
This wasn’t my favorite read, but it wasn’t horrible. It had a nice pace, good flow and the Author has a great writing technique. If only Paige had been more developed in a way that connection could be maintained, it would have been an awesome read.