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I Couldn't Love You More

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A wonderful book detailing the journey of one woman's struggle w

A wonderful book detailing the journey of one woman's struggle with family and marital relationships. This book will make you cry but also has moments of joy and laughter. Above all you will finish this book wishing Eliot were a friend of your own.

posted by Tami1 on April 29, 2012

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

When I first started this book I realized that the author had a

When I first started this book I realized that the author had a fantastic writing style. While I couldn’t understand why anyone would put up with sister like Sylvia, I have been around people like that in my life and the author truly hit the mark. Do I find it a s...
When I first started this book I realized that the author had a fantastic writing style. While I couldn’t understand why anyone would put up with sister like Sylvia, I have been around people like that in my life and the author truly hit the mark. Do I find it a stretch that Maggie and Eliot would have a close relationship with someone who is so self absorbed she tries to make her 4 year old nieces birthday party all about her? To be honest I did. But, being step-mom myself I have seen people in my life that closely resemble some of the characters in the book. People that will try to hold together relationships with “family” members because they think it is the right thing to do, when so clearly it isn’t.

I found the plot to be ok for the most part, and did like how Eliot described her life with Grant, Hailey, Charlotte, and Gail. Even Beth. And when her first love, Finn, comes back into her life, I even understand the initial fascination there. But, even though I understood it, there were some things I just couldn’t get past.

SPOILER ALERT

What person would allow their “boyfriend” to totally support their ex-wife who practically gave up on her kids to pursue the life of an artist? Especially when you see the hurt the children are caused because of it? My husband’s ex-wife did the same thing but left her kids to be with her boyfriend. She rarely saw them in the beginning of our marriage and even when she started to have a relationship with them again I would have NEVER let him give her any money. SHE LEFT HER KIDS! To me, that seemed totally unbelievable…maybe I’m the only one.

Back to Sylvia. What person would want to spend time with someone who is so totally focused on herself and on being the center of attention, even if that means she has to lie about illnesses and such to get pity from people? I know that it was their sister but it wouldn’t matter to me, i would have been much more forceful about putting her in her place. To try to actual take away from other events so all the attention was on her. I also know people like this but thankful don’t associate with them…and wouldn’t, even if they were family.

On to Finn. I also remember my first love and our relationship ended abruptly, much like Finn and Eliot. If he called me today and wanted to talk I would absolutely strike up a conversation with him. In the beginning, I found Eliot’s reaction to Finn very believable. But, as the story stretched on, I didn’t understand the fascination. The plot wasn’t developed enough there for me to truly understand how she could be that torn between the two men in her life – torn enough to cause her family such pain. And, I also didn’t understand why both sisters were so fascinated by the possibility that he may be in town, to even go so far as to follow him home. Again, seemed like a stretch.

So, all in all, not a bad read, just some things I feel I wasn’t able to relate to. Although I do know, things like this happen every day.

posted by Reviewfromhere on June 9, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Poor plot and character development

    This book started out as a decent beach read, and then the novel took a sharp turn midway through. The critical event occurred, and the entire plot went downhill, becoming predictable and unbelievable. I ended up just scanning the last 200 pages to confirm it would end as I thought it would. I love beach reads and don't expect great works of literary art from them, but the characters and their relationships were poorly developed, and the reactions to the chains of events were completely far-fetched. So disappointed in this book!

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