Is finding true love as easy as an attitude change?
Thirty-something Emma Beckett has always looked down on 'the glass is half full' optimists, believing it's better to be realistic than delusional. But when she loses her high-powered job and fiancé in the same week, even Emma has difficulty keeping calm and carrying on. With her world spinning out of control, and bolstered by a challenge from her best friend, Emma makes a radical decision. From here on in, she'll behave like Pollyanna: Attempting to always see the upside, no matter how dire the situation.
Can adopting a positive attitude give Emma the courage to build a new life, or is finding the good in everything a very bad idea?
©2013 Talli Roland (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
This is one of those books that was almost very good. Not great, but it almost deserved a "very" in front of the good. What kept me from adding the "very" is a little difficult to express.
On the one hand, the author presents two interesting central characters. Both have excessive baggage, both are trying to live a narrowly defined life that no longer works for them, both live with tragedy. And when the book focuses on the evolution of those characters it deserves the "very good". You feel the female character's painful awkwardness and the male character's fear of further rejection.
She looses it though with the way the plot is hurried. The two characters don't have sufficient time or history to build a relationship which is born out with the impractical and unrealistic way she finally gets them together. I felt like the last quarter of the book was the most important, but got the least amount of time or attention from the author.
One other complaint is that the male character's issues arose from a very serious health problem. I don't doubt that someone could fall in love with a person they recently met, even knowing that the person suffered from a debilitating illness with a very poor prognosis. But I do doubt that they could fall in love and totally ignore the issue. The fact that this was so lightly glossed over really bothered me.
I was so encouraged, by the struggles & overcoming of their temptations, to give up on themselves, because of obstacles, of both, Will's & Emma's, individual "wrecking balls" destroyed what they considered 'valuable'.
extra note: as one, who literally, was born with a 'Pollyanna' heart & grew up, much as the original "Pollyanna" character...
I can honestly state, reading this story, has been a Gift from God, for me. For many years, I have been praying, to return to that complete confidence, that as long as I get up, again, my Father, will renew my life.
For, to not try again, and/or try a different tact, gauranties failure, by default.
I have not, so closely, identified with a story flow, and character.. since, Elanor H Porter's Pollyanna!
A really good story set in London about a relationship between to thirty something man and woman.
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