Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Sundays at Tiffany's - James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

Summary:  This unforgettably emotional love story explains why James Patterson is one of the bestselling authors of all time.

Jane is the only child of a single, selfish woman whose sole focus is her Broadway theater company.  Is it any wonder the lonely little girl turns inward and conjures up Michael, a handsome, charming companion who makes her laugh?

Years later, Jane is as alone as ever, still living in the shadow of her mother, when she catches a glimpse of a face she's never forgotten.  But while this Michael is no figment of her imagination, is he her one true love?  (Summary from book flap - Image from amazon.com)

My Review:  When I think of James Patterson, the first thing that comes to mind are his well-known Alex Cross crime/thrillers or his YA fantasy series, Maximum Ride.  Until I came across Sundays at Tiffany's I didn't realize he'd written any romantic novels.  Color me shocked.

I didn't read Sundays at Tiffany's because of the big-name author(s), though.  I picked it up because I saw the trailer for the Lifetime Movie by the same name, thought it looked adorable, and heard that it was based on a book.  Well, you know me!  Gotta read the book first, right?!  Thankfully, I discovered it was already on my shelf, so I didn't have to wait very long.  I love it when that happens!

The book version of Sundays at Tiffany's has an immediate 'Once Upon a Time' kind of vibe -- like an all-knowing narrator was savoring the retelling. Generally, when a book feels that way I tend not to be too critical; I'm just along for the ride.  I immediately wanted good, amazing things for the neglected, heartbroken, little main character, Jane, and her charming, imaginary friend Michael, and there were others characters that were so thoroughly unlikable (ahemHughandVivienneahem), I heartily wished for them to get their comeuppance. I loved watching Jane gain confidence and stand up for herself and her renewed relationship with Michael made for a sweet little love story.

Sundays at Tiffany's was not without its surprises though.  After all, even a Lifetime-movie-kind-of-book needs to have a few twists and turns.  Right when I thought I had this book nailed down, it dropped a bomb that I wasn't expecting.  And then when I'd adjusted to that bomb (somewhat), things shifted again.  I'm not going to tell you how things end, because that would be cheating, but I will say...that I did not want to throw the book across the room when it ended.  You'll have to decide what that means for yourself.

UPDATE:  Now that I have read the book and watched the movie, I will say that there quite a few major differences between the two. Other than basic premise, setting, character names, and a few shared lines, the movie and book go their separate ways.  In the end, while the movie was marginally cleaner, I preferred the book.  No surprise there.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

For the Sensitive Reader:  A handful (or two) of profanity.  Readers sensitive to sexual situations might need to skip around 2-3 pages, mildly graphic.

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