On the eve of the end of the world, 20 December 2012, five friends meet in Spanish Gardens, the cafe where they had celebrated their college graduation 20 years before. Over Irish coffees, they reminisce
- and reveal long-held and disturbing secrets.
Each friend in turn is given a curious set of instructions by an enigmatic bartender named Ariel:
"Your life is filled with crossroads and you are free to choose one road or another at any time. Stepping through this door takes away all choices except two -- the choice to live a different life, or return to this one...."
Each in turn passes through the portal and are faced with new lives and challenges. Their decisions show a new life -- or something far worse. Ar the end of the world, it's a chance for redemption, or a chance to learn something about themselves.
International bestselling author, Alma Alexander, mixes a world or possibilities and paths. What if you could change the past -- go right instead of left, fall in love with a different person, change careers or families, or even change your sex. 2012 Midnight at Spanish Gardens brings those choices to life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the third book I've tried to read by this author, and had to give up. She seems to have wonderful ideas, but they are buried under repetitive prose, loaded with unnecessary repetition, often using two or even three similar, and overused, adjectives and especially adverbs, when one good one would be more effective. And then repeating it yet again in long, trudging paragraphs. Less is more. Judicious trimming could improve the boggy pacing, which would clarify the ideas and images she wants to share. And they are very much worth sharing. It's a shame that she doesn't get professional-level editing.
This was interesting but slightly tedious. Ok, but not as good as I was hoping for from this author.