Chick lit, but well written, engaging, and enjoyable. Unlike many chick lit books, I think this one might just have enough complexity for me to want to re-read it at some point and although I don't agree with all of the author's (or her characters') analyses of Austen, it was an interesting extra layer.
This was an alright book. Easy to read, but not much in the way of storyline. The entire book was basically filled with backstory and an awful lot of character development. The few plot lines that were actually taking place all fell together magically at the last meeting of the book club.
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I was not impressed with this book. I think there was potential for a good book, but it was poorly executed. It felt like many things were left unresolved--for instance is Prudie really happy in her marriage or not? And many of the Austen elements the author brought into the book were poorly done--the letter Daniel wrote to Sylvia saying he wanted to come home was not nearly as riveting as the letters in Persuasion or Pride and Prejudice.
After talking to many people, I have heard the movie is really good. I think it would be better to just watch this movie and not waste the time reading the book.