Other than the maine character Sophie acting like a dodo at the end, there is nothing I didn't like about this book. The characters were well developed, and the setting of Ireland really takes you away. While there is a definate romance that happens in the book, it isn't overly mushy and while it's sort of the focus toward the end, the main plot to me seemed to be Sophie really finding herself and becoming the person she always wanted to be.
And really even her acting like a dodo at the end wasn't so bad, and kind of funny. Sort of made me want to yell at her though. She definately needed to learn the lesson of never assuming anything.
Have you ever wanted to start your life over again, or change it completely? This is the story of a women who takes a trip to Ireland and never returns.
Book starts of slowly but as the story progresses, you become involved with the characters and feel for what they are experiencing. Who hasn't at one point or another, wonder what it would be like to move where no one knows you and you can take on a new identity and start over. The ending is a bit predictable but along the way you receive imagary of Ireland, some history and a really good story.
While a good enough story of a woman who goes to Ireland with her friend to help that friend recover from grief, the writing is dissatisfying at times. Shea depends so much on ugly or cliche stereotypes; e.g., Americans are loud and boorish, the Irish are endlessly jolly, the French are tres chic, etc. that the overall impact of her decent writing suffers from the use of the worn and generally fictional stereotypes to which excellent writers do not succumb.
I thought this was just a charming story, start to end and let's face it, at some point in our life haven't we all wanted to do what the main character does?...find life & love in a new place in another country.