Originally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
The Good: Julia's mother is such a familiar character- a woman who thinks that her love will change a man. Ladies, let's be honest... there is just some dreamy idea that if a man knows just how much we love them, perhaps our love can make them change. If they love us enough, maybe they will change. I feel bad for her, but at some point she needed to realize it just wasn't going to happen. I enjoyed Julia's visit to Burma to find the truth about her father. The story really is all about love and the power it can hold over people. I think an underlying message in the novel is that no matter HOW well we think we know someone, we don't. We never truly know everything about someone. That's a scary, mysterious and interesting concept to accept.
The Bad: Honestly, there were more lows than highs for me in this novel. I kept getting bored and only pushing myself to read on because I hoped at some point something exciting would happen. The writing wasn't entirely impressive either.
Overall this book was a nice read about love and family. I would give this book a B-.
**I received this book free from the publisher through www.netgalley.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.