Well, I wound up cramming myself to get it done. But, couldn't get it done have about 80 more pages. So, I scanned throught them.
It is pretty much turning out as expected, well as far as I have read. I just really love the Belle and Sal relationship. Funny how much couples can sort of settle into a relationship so long they know why one is feeling a certain way without speaking any words.
I am glad that it was Belle and Sal that went to Michael Gordon with the evidence.
Easton being poisoned was quite a twist that I wasn't expecting at all. Not even the slightest hint of that coming...at least not to me.
It is funny how easily the tides turn when someone's own abilities and career are at stake. How easily Ted was ably to kick out Emily from the office after her sketch discovery.
I really liked the ending. I was at least right about Emily getting Natalie's heart.
I was surprised that it was Ted aka Jess, who killed Jamie and Natalie. I do think he had a hand in Jimmys death as it would eliminate another person who could harm his political ambitions. My feeling is that Emily was given the case with the expectation that she would not be able to win, and that she could be influenced by Ted. I am glad that all the facts came to light, that Sal was convinced tocome forward. It was rather telling that Ted was so upset with Sal's admision. It was nice that Natalies mom recognized Emily as the recipent of Natalies heart. Also that she vowed not to let her know. As for Zack, for all his highlight in the story line his was a secondary role. But oh what a convincing tie in. I was almost believing that he was some kind of hired killer, and Emily was his target. Not like it turned out that he was truely evil.
Sorry I've been absent from the conversation. I've been so tired! But I loved the book and yes, I did figure out it was Ted, I'm actually impressed with myself. It doesn't happen to me that often so I'm going to take my atta boys where I can get them! I apologize, please accept.
I, too, was surprised about Easton's murder. It was hinted that something was going to happen to him with his fears of being a narc, which he was. Was surprised at who called for the deed, though should have known what with his involvement with the cop (Billy is his name? I'm not good at remembering names in books.)
Also loved the Belle and Sal characters. I loved how Sal finally let go of his anger and fears and listened to his heart (Belle). Glad, too, that they're the ones who will get the reward money, and hope he doesn't get into too much trouble for evading taxes.
The whole ending to the Zach participation was kind of a let-down for me. I didn't think about his being hired, but I did think there was some connection that pulled him into Emily's life. Where did he discover her to stalk, or was it just chance by when he became her neighbor? The author never really let us in on that.
I, too, wish that Emily and Gregg could have become a couple. But actually do like that Natalie's mother kept it to herself. Wish the author would have spent more time on why's of the physical similarities of Emily and Natalie, and the feelings that Emily would have of knowing Nat's mother (Alice? again, can't remember for sure). You know, the way Emily looked, acted in court, knew things that she couldn't possibly have known.
The good thing is that Emily is now free to date again, with a surgeon nonetheless, albeit an orthopedic one, not a heart surgeon.
Liked the book. Not sure that I like rushing through the ending without commenting inbetween, though. I kept thinking of things I wanted to say and guess at and couldn't. I understand we can't all keep renewing the books though. Bummer.
Post by Blossom/Jackie W. on Mar 3, 2011 9:33:25 GMT -5
I had to push it myself there as well to finish. ; I guess it was longer than I realized (had to get the book back though) Regardless it was a GREAT choice; I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I agree; Easton's sudden demise caught me off guard. I had been thinking he was gonna spill some beans. Oh well. And Zach, well wasn't that a weird scenario? Both him and the other fellow showing up at the same time to "do Emily in" Heck of a way to be popular!
I was plesed Alice was keeping the heart info to herself. Though it would have been nice to see Gregg and Emily get together, a person would always wonder if it was for the "right" reasons on both sides.
I too was surprised Mary that Ted was Jess and was the killer though I always felt there was a reason why he didn't take on the case. Come to think of it I speculated he'd given it to her becasue if the case was lost, he didn't want to jeopardize his political aspirations. Then to have his cousing, the cop involved.... they sure jumped through a lot of hoops to cer their tracks.
It was a good read, but I would have liked to have the last part split into 2 sections. That way we could have hashed it out more. I was kind of glad that Emily didn't end up getting close to Gregg, I thought it would have been too spooky. Though that does open up a whole new area of discussion about transplants and the possible 'residual' memory involved. Not necessarily a topic for here and now.
Will call the library tomorrow. Fingers crossed. For those who are borrowing, ask the library what the longest you can get the book out for. Mine offered to do mine for 6 weeks, and that first book took even longer and they gave me no problems. If it's an older or not so popular book shouldn't have any trouble, but then that depends on the library, of course. Maybe they have rules? Just a suggestion. I don't know if could do this at the library in the big town near me, but our village is different.
I would like to recommend an excellent read for your pleasure. Actually would have made a great one for our discussions, so much to speculate on in it, but I'd say it is one of the best books I've ever read. It's called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Love love loved it! It's about right after WW11 and is in a series of letters. A lot of true facts, so can be disturbing, but has so much light-heartedness and fun in it, too. I've never read anything like it.
I already read the book, Jackie. Was just recommending a good personal read. Of course, you guys could always read it for the club and I could sit back and enjoy you all. I just know you'll love it as much as I did. Makes you feel good to be where you are, and feel good about people in general.
All set to go. Got a call from the library b/4 I went out today so stopped and picked it up. I have it until the 29th, but probably can renew if necessary if it's not being requested by anyone else. Came from another city library.