I kept hearing people say that this book is The Notebook meets Titanic, and while there were many similarities (repressed rich girl falls in love with poor yet charming young man, the story being told from the perspective of the person in their old age reflecting back on the great romance of their life, etc.) it just didn't have the same magic. I also don't think the main character, Lily, was very likable. I think her position was most like that of Rose, in Titanic. Except for the fact, that Rose had an abusive and domineering fiance, whereas Lily's husband was kind, and very loving. This key difference takes the character from a girl you feel sorry for, and even understand, to what Lily seemed like, a spoiled girl who wants the best of both worlds, and she can't make up her dang mind! I just didn't feel connected to her at all. I couldn't relate to her even a bit. As far as the writing was concerned, it was pretty good, I think I'd like to check out this author's future work, I just didn't care for this particular story line. I think he'll write some really great stuff in the future, but this book won't be his defining work. All in all, the ending was satisfactory, but not satisfying, the characters not very engaging. I thought the story line had been done before, and done better. I'm going to rate this a 4, Borrow from a Friend.
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