Plot: This satisfying novel has a traditional romance plot, but infuses it with a depth and introspection that keeps the story fresh. No space is wasted on tangents, and the plot comes to a gratifying climax.
Prose: The prose is fluent and a pleasure to read. It never gets in the way of the story, and the author always maintains the narrative voice.
Originality: This may be the one area where the novel falls short. However, the characters are brought to life so well and the plot is so tightly crafted that the familiar narrative feels comforting rather than stale.
Character Development: Both Julianne and Jakob grow and change. Readers are aware of their backgrounds and past heartbreaks, and the smooth narration reveals their thoughts as they reassess their lives and learn to fall in love again.
Date Submitted: August 16, 2017