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I Think I Love You by Stephanie Bond

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List Price: £5.44


Mass Market Paperback: 384 Pages.

Published: July 2002 by St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 0312983336

EAN: 9780312983338

Sisters share everything in their closets, including the skeletons... Twenty years ago, the Metcalf sisters witnessed a murder and formed a pact of silence. Now they're estranged and scattered because they all fell in love with the same man. When the sisters converge at their childhood home, old wounds are laid open against the backdrop of liquidating their parents' antiques business. And when the playboy who broke up their family shows up, things go from bad to worse!


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A truly difficult family

This is the story of three sisters. Each of them has a very difficult life and has reached some sort of a crisis (we are talking attempted murder and bulimia as a crisis here, not just a broken off relationship) and so they each return home. The problem is that the three of them have a shattered relationship because they each fell for the same man in the past and they all felt betrayed. Also, their parents' business is failing, their marriage is breaking up and their business closing down. This all leads to a chaotic meeting, many secrets, and the start of a new life for each of the characters.The story revolves around a sudden death and the memories of a summer in the past when the three girls witnessed the murder of their aunt.

There is a lot of plot in this book and the writing is rather frantic in places to get it all in. There are some deep and important messages about how people live their lives but they are rather buried under the amount of story and back story with which the author presents the reader. The characters are necessarily underdeveloped because the book is not long enough and nor is there enough space to develop them fully. The saving grace of the novel is the writing which is deft and amusing and which carries you through the story effortlessly.

This is a quick and easy read which will entertain you but it will not really engage you because there isn't the opportunity for the author to present much more than the story line. It could have done with some of the plot being edited out (maybe fewer sisters, or ditch the parent's issues ?) to allow the development of characters and situations. If you want an entertaining read which will make you smile then I recommend this but it is not a book that will live with you after you have closed the last page.

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