My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was another one of my ‘I really should have read this by now’ books, and I’m glad I did.
For the first 100 pages or so, I was surprised that this was a début novel as the prose flowed so well and the story was tight and consistent. After that though, it did begin to flounder and the inexperience showed. Without giving anything away, once Lewycka moves the plot on it tends to get bogged down.
Thankfully, it’s a very easy and quick read, so it wasn’t a chore to get to the final third’s denouement which is both satisfactory and heartfelt.
I would have loved to give it four stars (maybe it is time for Goodreads to implement the half star?), but any faults with this novel certainly would stop me from tracking down any of her subsequent releases.
Great for the garden or the beach or those annoyingly long commutes.