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This book is totally mischaracterized in almost all the blurbs and reviews. It was NOT funny, it was not a "laugh out loud" romcom; so if that is what you are looking for, know you will not get that. It is an interesting story of a disintegrating marriage and a woman who figures out how to overcome it and stand on her own two feet. And I could have liked it if the pacing had been different. The disintegration of the marriage takes up half of the book and drags, drags, drags (maybe cause we know what's coming?) The character finding herself is interesting and the new romance has potential but it is almost skimmed over. And her pregnancy is totally skipped until 6 months after the birth of the baby at the very end. It is all very full of too many irrelevant details and I would have stopped altogether at around the 40% mark (while we're still dealing with the bad marriage) if I hadn't come back to Amazon to read some reviews and seen that she WILL eventually get out of it and there is a new guy in her future. I skimmed a lot of this book. The writing was good but the pacing was all off.
Truly a great story. It deals with many different issues none of which are funny ha ha. There are humorous lines/paragraphs, but again not a comedy. I'm really starting to dislike when reviewers say a book is a rom/com when it truly isn't. Makes me wonder how the author must feel about their work being minimalized. The majority of the book deals with some serious issues in a very wonderful, effective, & realistic way.
This book was a struggle for me. I really liked Sloane and the plot itself was great, but the dissolution of her marriage took up way too much time and the author basically skipped over her developing a relationship with Edward and her pregnancy. Wanting a child was the first theme introduced in the book. Had potential but fell flat for me.
Sophie Ranald is quickly becoming one of my favorite, one-click chick lit authors. This was definitely not a rom-com, as suggested in the subtitle, but it did have that feel-good factor, a completely relatable heroine, and that all-important HEA I adore in a good chick lit story. The story is about Sloane, who's married to Myles, a guy who seems to be almost perfect. Well, that is until he's not. This is a tale of recovery, of learning to love yourself, and of moving on. Although sometimes sad, the story is ultimately uplifting, and I found myself thoroughly invested in Sloane, rooting for her every step of the way.
4.0 out of 5 starsIn time of covid, this is my new favorite author.
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
I found this book to be a light breezy read. While I don't think of this author as being hilarious, I do like her writing and I am loving her stories. They are the perfect way to pass the time on these quarantine days at home. She has a way of making them romantic without being sappy. And there always seems to be a nice twist. I think I am on her 3rd book by now. And am enjoying all of them just the same. I am going to blow thru all her books and will be sad when I am done.
2.0 out of 5 starsWould not recommend. Wish I could return but it’s not “defective”
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2020
The title and characterization of the story as a romantic comedy are misleading and frankly wrong. This should be in the chick lit section for finding oneself. The other reviewer who said this is more about a disintegrating marriage and a woman reshaping her life is more accurate than the book’s own blurb. Did not laugh out loud at all in reading this book. Giving it two stars because at least it’s written and edited well. But do not buy if expecting an actual romantic comedy.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2020
Very nice book. I feel a bit duped that I was taken in by rave reviews. Those who gave it 5 stars have obviously not read any 5 star books. It was a good read but not once did I laugh out loud. I was rooting for the main character though but as usual, with these kind of books, too many happy coincidences. Something bad happens & lo & behold, a good thing is just waiting around the corner. I know it’s fiction but I like my books to be real, or at least to have some kind of semblance to some kind of reality. I totally predicted the ending. So, in case you’re expecting anything other than predictability, you’ll be sorely disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 starsCharming romantic comedy - but not fluff
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2020
If you liked Sorry, Not Sorry, by the same author, you'll love this too. It has the same style (and is set in the same universe). No spoilers, but what I will say is that this isn't just fluffy, idealised romantic comedy, the love story isn't kept in a nursery, separate from the real world. That said, it is funny and light too, and the humour and affection keep you smiling through it all. (Oh, and I paid for my copy!)
Good read, bit slow starting but it was enough to hold my attention until I got caught up in the storyline. The main character was likeable which is always a help! Eventually I guessed where the main story was going but there were a number of nice little twists in it to make it interesting. Plenty of interesting characters and also had “ the man you want to hate” in it so it was essential to get to the end to see what happened to him! Definitely worth a read.