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When You Were Mine

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

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    Bit lacking in presentation, but everything else is solid.

    I was really, really torn about rating this book. I had a really tough time deciding between three or four stars, mostly because I enjoyed quite a few aspects of the book, but the presentation was.. Lacking at times.

    I didn't realize that the author was British, so when I came across all kinds of fun British phrases, I was pleasantly surprised. The author has a nice sense of humor in terms of how her characters interact; they're amusing, yet in a realistic, almost self-deprecating way, which I appreciated. The writing style really added to the characterization of the individuals themselves, and they were unique and well-defined throughout the book. Noble has a good sense of what traits are likeable in characters, and which aren't, and puts the traits out there without being overbearing in either direction.

    What I didn't particularly like about the book was the way that the story was presented. Noble started off well, with Susannah being introduced at a wedding, and then Rob coming into the picture, giving her a jolt of energy that her character needed, as we find out, to start to look at her stuck in the doldrums. I kept interest throughout the beginning of the story, as Susannah's life is introduced with Doug, and we get a bit of the history between them, as well as Susannah's own history with Amelia and Rob. I actually liked the history and backstory itself, but the storyline dragged a bit, even with the back-and-forth between the past and present to keep the story going. I don't normally take more than a few days reading a book that's around 300 pages, but it took me about 10 days to get through this middle part, because it didn't hold my immediate interest very well with the pacing.

    I also had some issue when Rob and and Susannah did finally connect again, because it all felt very rushed and somewhat superficial, especially after the careful and methodicalness of the buildup. I suppose that is a bit how infatuation works in reality; memories of a love and a time spent with a person that you never want to leave tend to be short, sweet, and a bit breathless. I imagine that that's especially true with someone with whom you're reconnecting, because the memories are older, yet not entirely out of mind, so the experience is a bit muddled and rushed with anticipation. Still, it all felt rushed, almost obligatory.. Even with the rationalization of how love works in memories, I still didn't like the feeling, because it didn't feel like it held true to either character and the way that they were set up by the author.

    Now, I know some people won't like the ending. I actually did like the ending, in that I appreciated the author keeping this realistic. I would have been disappointed if the author had written a different ending, because it wouldn't have kept true to her characters.

    Ultimately, I had to give the book four stars, because while the presentation was a bit slow and dragging at times, I did appreciate the story itself, loved the characters, and thoroughly enjoyed the writing style.

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