“Over the years, I have heard a wide range of reviews of Hoffman’s books, and I have always been curious. This marks the third of her books that I have read, and maybe it was the low-bar of expectations that I had, but it is definitely the one that I have enjoyed the most. It was a fun read - and surprisingly fast considering the lengthiness of the chapters. And though the plot was mostly predictable, the likable characters made it still an enjoyable read.
The only main drawback with the novel was one of my own preference. I do not like third-person omniscient narrators in general - particularly not when the perspective flits about erratically “zooming” in and out in focus. It gives the entire story a very heavy-handed “storyteller”-vibe that does work for the magic of the story overall, but would probably be less abrasive to me personally in an audiobook version.
All in all, it is a quaint story and a lot more charming than I expected it to be. I have yet to see the film version, but I am looking forward to comparing the two - I definitely can see why this was made into a movie. It will be interesting to see how Hollywood tackles this!”