If you follow my blog at all, you already know my heart on this review.
Not that I know how she does it, but every time Julie Lessman writes a book, the last book I read of hers gets bumped to "my-second-all-time-favorite-book." I read in a blog interview a while back about how she'd initially made up the character of Emma Malloy just to fill a role... until the moment she wrote Emma meeting Sean O'Connor over dinner at the O'Connor household. And I tell you--I don't know if it's just because I've been training my brain for so long to think like a writer and not just a reader--but I knew it. And I've been waiting for the book for years now!!!!
And OH MY GOSH.
Perhaps I'm not conveying myself as fully as I'm striving to--let me try again.
When you're about at the end of a five hundred page book that you've flown through in a matter of two days and you cannot see any possible way for the two main characters who love each other to EVER EVER EVER be together--that's a TALENTED AUTHOR and a GREAT BOOK.
And I'm not going to say anything more except that the ending gave me LOTS of those flutterbies I like so much.