I didn't know what to expect from this book. It turned out to be a moderately well written and not entirely cliche romance novel. In a genre where it seems books are pushed out too fast with too little consideration to plot or writing this book stood out. The plot centered on two people who fell in love and married at a young age. Separated for twelve years they reconnected, struggled, and then reunited. The writing wasn't exactly poetic and at times slightly boring. There were a few very noticeable errors in the editing as well. However it was a good easy read with a mostly satisfying happy ending.
I don't get why the reviews on this book are so great. I devoured the series, I read through it in three days. But the third day, when I started this book I became confused. Hadn't I just read she had seven life's and now she has only had four? And then all if a sudden her life is tied to the fruit of the tree next to the fountain of life. Hu? Then why was she reborn after only twenty years the last time. And Triston knew she could fill him at the end of her last life? Seriously. It felt like 1) this last book was rushed 2) a back story was created after the fact instead of at the beginning of the story and 2) there were holes in the plot a space shuttle could fly through, heck the Enterprise could fly through. It was a very depressing ending to the trilogy after I enjoyed the first two books so much.
It has been a while since I have over-identified with character's in a book. At first I found myself relating to the broken nature of Grace Town. Despite her obvious depression Henry was pursuing her. In a way it felt like there was hope for us all.
Except then I found myself identifying with Henry who was chasing after a girl who was really just stringing him along for her own needs. She wasn't into him as much as she was into the healing that he provided her. The whole book she blamed him for wanting a different version of Grace, yet she was the one using him to feel a different version of herself. After they separate Grace begins to heal. This is all to the credit of Henry. Yet, Henry is now broken relying on his friends to help him to heal past the relationship that was Grace Town.
It was a beautifully written book with characters that obviously grabbed me. I do completely disagree with the book's message on love. In principle I get that it was trying to help others to see that love is what we make of it. We have to work at love like we have to work at anything else. My issue is that no one actually worked at love in this book. They all divorced. They all left. Even his parents who were pretty solid dissolved their relationship once Henry learned that there is no such thing as true love. Yet there is such thing. The point is that true love is hard work. The chemical portion of love is just passion. That is not true love. True love is the work and dedication and the choice to stay with someone despite the hard times. Even biologically this book just talked about surface love. It told teenagers everywhere that when the passion ends you have the right to leave and find something else. I do not agree with the message of love that this book portrayed. It is not a value
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