Thursday, 8 October 2015

Book review: Apology Accepted by Jayne Michaels

Apology Accepted

For nearly the first half of the novel, the only character I liked was Hannah. It wasn't until almost the end that I actually ended up liking the main character, Jamie. That's not to say the book or writing wasn't good. Not all main characters need to be likeable, but it's preferred especially when there's no other true main character.

The whole concept of the novel could have been better, but it wasn't bad. It was a nice easy read, and the parts that kept me up at night reading were the interactions between Jamie and Paul. It was really the only thing going for me. Although it was an easy read, there were times I found the writing awkward and clumsy, especially action scenes such as the accident near the end of the book. There was little tension, no heart racing. It was a bit too methodical and detailed for it to be intense. And it was the lack of details that made the kiss between characters flat. It was apparently amazing but I didn't see it, at all.

What I really liked about this novel was the theme of forgiveness, pain, and moving on. Jamie is so angry and hurt with her uncle that she wants nothing to do with him or his inheritance, and understandably so. But by going through with her own plan with the inheritance she finds it to be therapeutic and eventually finds the strength to forgive. I would have liked to have seen a bit more from Paul's perspective, about his process of forgiveness, but the end makes it pretty clear what his end result is.

Overall, while this review doesn't seem to be positive, Apology Accepted is an entertaining novel. I enjoyed reading about Jamie picking out a "gift" for her old neighbour, and her memories with the cats, and those little moments in which she seemed like a real person. People who want a quick read and enjoy a chick-lit will enjoy this novel.

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