Sunday, December 4, 2011

(177)Once Upon A Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg


Once Upon A Time, There Was You
by Elizabeth Berg

Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Pages: 304


Elizabeth Berg is one of the most prolific woman's authors around. But Once Upon A Time, There Was You is the first book by this author I have read.  And honestly I was not that impressed.

The night before John & Irene got married they both had doubts that they were doing the right thing. They both ignored their doubts and went through with the wedding.  Flash forward nearly twenty years and they are divorced with John in Minnesota and Irene on the West Coast with their college aged daughter shuttling between the two of them.  Their lives really don't intersect after that until one day their daughter goes missing.  She was supposed to have gone hiking with friends, but in reality she was waiting for her secret boyfriend, Ron to pick her up.  When he is late she does something incredibly stupid and winds up a kidnapping victim, forcing her parents into dealing with each other once again.  Will Sadie be found and returned to her family? Will John and Irene make peace with their past and each other? Read to find out!

I am really sorry to say that I didn't really care for this book.  It started out promising, but by the time Sadie was kidnapped I just wanted it to be over.  The author really set up the scene to be this horrific, scary event - but it really turned out to be anticlimactic. Then what happens after is so far fetched I just went "Really?".  It is pretty bad.  I would love to hear what others thought, though.  Maybe it was just the cold medicine, but I was so disappointed that such a prolific author wrote this novel. Thoughts?

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