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Friday, March 27, 2015
Return to Normal
Published: January 6, 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Last year I fell head over heels for Somewhere in France, and as soon as I knew there was going to be a companion novel I couldn't wait to read it. I rarely make time to read books immediately after I purchase them, but started this the day I had it. Not only that, but it's the first book I purchased since my daughter was born. Clearly I was excited about it.
Yet, as it so often happens, I built this book up a little more than it could handle. Don't get me wrong, it was still good and I enjoyed it, but don't see myself listing it as my favorite of the year.
With Robson's first book it felt like a love story told with WWI in the background. Except this time it reads as a story about the suffering following WWI, with a love story in the background. I guess I just wish the love story was more of the focus.
There is an attempt at a love triangle, or at least that's what you're led to believe based on the summary. Except this potential relationship is so platonic it's hard to see it for anything else. I do believe it was intentional, but I wish this relationship could have been better developed as well.
If this review comes off as disappointed it's really only because I had such high, high hopes for it. I still really enjoyed it, and definitely plain on reading Robson's next book (which is supposed to follow another character from these books). Hopefully that one contains the magic I'm looking for!
Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!