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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Canada (March 23 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006394108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006394105
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #379,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roger Perrault on Aug. 31 2010
Format: Hardcover
The premise for the story and the underlying message held my attention throughout the book. I felt that the author introduced too many characters, some of which were not well developed and others that lacked credibility. A lot of space was given to developing Maggie's parents yet they were not key to the story. The Italian boy friend and three Canadian suitors came across as little more than cardboard characters. The same can be said about the depiction of the two sisters. Fewer characters and better character development of those that remain along with some editing would have yielded a better book. The author tended to recap events in the story from chapter to chapter which held back the narrative.

These criticisms aside, the main theme of the story is solid. Living life to the full and making a difference rather than floating along with the flow was convincing and thought provoking. I had not heard of this author prior to reading this book and would be interested in reading more from Anne Giardini.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
She writes really well.... but Nov. 5 2009
By BJ Knapp - Published on
Format: Paperback
Just where in the heck was the plot?

I finished it today. I want to know if Maggie achieved happiness? Did she die when the magazine quiz predicted she would? What happened to that part of the story? It's almost like someone at the book binding company took two unrelated books and bound them together to see if anyone would notice.

There are too many little tangents that don't go anywhere in this book. The scenes are described beautifully, but most of them could have been stripped away and it wouldn't have made a difference.
Phenomenal Dec 27 2013
By Carissa Skrivanek - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I can't believe these reviews. This novel touched a chord in me. You know how Tim O'Brien said all of it is true and some of it really happened? Giardini captures the truth through fiction. What a wonderful spiritual journey in words and pages.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I like the premise, but the book -- did not hold my attention Aug. 12 2005
By D. Frank - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The idea seemed interesting, but the book itself was difficult to stay focused on. The drawn out descriptions and filler writing was distracting. I read 1/3 of the book and finally gave up. For those that don't mind extremely detailed writing you may enjoy it, for those looking for a fulfilling weekend read ... this may not be your best choice.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Beautiful Novel..... July 13 2006
By S. Defilippis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This novel reads more like poetry than prose. Its plot may seem thin, but it is simply a subtle novel about life's complex questions. The ending is uplifting. I am awaiting Giardini's second novel impatiently....

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