Reading this book is like watching a train wreck. You know something unavoidable and horrifying is going to happen, but you just can't look away. I did get a little impatient with the heroine, who allows herself to be drawn into an obviously toxic relationship, but Hoffman gets points for daring to write about love lost and found that perhaps should have stayed lost. She loses points, however, for choosing Thoroughbred horse racing as a background plot point and not bothering to have someone check the simple facts that she is obviously unaware of.
This story about a woman returning to her past didn't resonate with me like I thought it would. Afterall, it is an Oprah choice (that's sarcasm in case you couldn't tell). The story was interesting enough, but the characters just seemed very one-dimensional and it felt as though it was written on a whim, without real thought about what made each of them tick.
An excellent book about an all consuming love and one of this author,s best, even better than Practical Magic. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all of Alice Hoffman fans.
Hoffman's writing style is engaging and this book was a quick read. I would not classify it as a love story, though, unless it is about lessons behind the main plot, as control and abuse should never be mistaken for love. Probably a mark of good writing, if a difficult situation is capable of affection a raw nerve.
I enjoyed this book. A page turner for me and would recommend.
A moving story of family love and the forces that threaten to undermine it.
A dark, romantic tale that asks whether it is possible to survive a love that consumes you. Takes place in a small town in Mass.
An interesting story of returning to one's 'hometown' and self-discovery.
A love story different than any other.
After nineteen years in California, March Murray returns to the small Massachusetts town where she grew up. For all this time, March has been avoiding her own troubled history, but when she encounters Hollis - the boy she loved so desperately, the man who has never forgotten her - the past collides with the present as their reckless love is reignited.
A modern day Wuthering Heights, this book is beautifully written. Alice Hoffman is a wonderful author
Not one of her best in my opinion.
Very good book, took me until the end to realize I had already read it!!
A really wonderful story.
I must say that while this is not a bad book - it is not Hoffmans' best. I could have easily put it down at any point and not feel as though I had made a mistake by so doing. My husband however enjoyed it very much and he completely understands my love for all novels Alice Hoffman. Never before had I been able to get him to even give one a try. So this is huge and means to me that it must just be me that did not care for this one.
March Murray returns to a small town in Mass. after 19 years and encounter Hollis, a boy sheloved so desperately and who has never forgotten her. The past collidesw/ the present as their reckless love is re kindled
An Oprah book