The thing about Donna Kauffman (as if she had actually asked me)is that she's a remarkable writer. She writes the way I wish I could. She writes the way I wish some other bestselling authors would. But, (there's always a "but"), sometimes she gets so caught up in writing beautifully that she forgets to tell a good story. For instance, she spends quite a bit of time exploring the setting. While the homebody in me loves that Ms. Kauffman has treated me to a very graphic trip to the Scottish Highlands, I still would like to know that something interesting happened there. And, that's one of the problems with this book---- the story really wasn't that interesting to me. The other big problem I had with the story (and if even one budding author is reading this and takes heed, I'd be happy) is that the reader was told (and told and told) how great looking the guy was and reminded (and reminded and reminded) of how ordinary looking the girl was. There was even a point in the book where the guy pondered exactly why he was so attracted to this plain Jane. Yeah, yeah I get that the whole plain Jane thing helped define Erin, our heroine. But, for me, Erin's ordinariness was offputting. Under the best of circumstances, there's just no way a dashing prince charming is ever going to fall for the girl next door. Make hr down to earth. Fine. Make her smart, witty. That's fine. But ordinary looking? Nope. Not buying it. Look, even a work of fiction should have some ring of truth to it. The thought of someone who looks like a Greek god ending up with someone who looks like me (or worse), is just too much fantasy.
update: I had originally given this book 3 stars. That just wasn't fair. Kauffman is a superb writer. Though she has a tendency to spend too much time exploring the characters' inner turmoil, thoughts and feelings, she's a good writer and deserves 4 stars for simply because she never, ever phones it in. You can tell that she pours herself so wholeheartedly into her craft. I appreciate that, even if the story itself did not thrill me