Our book club has chosen to read another book that is being made into a movie in 2015. This story was chosen since it is a romantic comedy, suitable for the month of February. It was a quick, light read but I had trouble sticking with it due to the annoying format of the entire text being a series of emails, letters and instant messages. I found this to be a distraction and it made for a very choppy read. We found that it had a number of different titles: Where the Rainbows End, Love Rosie and Rosie Dunne which was unusual.
This predictable story detailed the friendship of Rosie and Alex who had been friends since grade school. Their relationship builds as they share their thoughts back and forward through notes. It is amusing to read their childhood complaints about their teachers, principals and parents.
Alex heads off to Boston for med school and Rosie remains behind in Ireland becoming a young, single mom. The letters consist of international notes as well as discussions between siblings, parents and friends so the reader is treated to thoughts and feelings of a multitude of characters. The tone of the letters change as they grow up and eventually, their own children join into the letter writing.
Alex and Rosie stay in touch and their relationship has rough patches despite the love that they both share. Like other Ahern books, it is not a shock when the couple get together in the end. The reader can see the likely ending after reading their first notes.
If you are looking for an easy read with a predictable ending, this is the book for you. Rosie’s life is dramatic and she always ends up in crisis which is entertaining. Beware that the format of letters, emails and instant messages is frustrating and does not allow the story to flow smoothly. I will be interested to hear what my book club friends have to say!