Note – I was provided with a copy of the book for review from the publisher and TLC Book Tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own. No affiliate links were used in this post.
About All the Single Ladies.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (June 9, 2015)
I’m going to start off by saying that the thing that kept going
through my mind as I read this was “I’m not the right audience for this
book.” This was my first read by Dorothea Benton Frank and I really
wanted to like this book, but it fell flat for me. There are a
couple of reasons for that.
1) I didn’t connect with
any of the characters. And, for me, connecting with the character is
key, unless the plot is incredibly entertaining (like it was in Lockdown: Escape From Furnace.)
I felt like I was at a distance from the characters and what was taking
place and I like to feel like I’m in the story. I think this was due to
the narrative style. The main character is definitely telling her
story; at times, she even speaks directly to the reader.
The dialogue and actions felt unnatural. It felt rushed and it often
felt like someone would respond to someone else and brush off what they
had just said, then move onto something else. I also didn’t really buy
their actions; especially when it came to the landlady.
I wondered if I was the
right audience for this book, though, so halfway through I glanced
through reviews and found that a majority of readers loved it. There
were a few like me who didn’t connect with it, but most did. If it
sounds interesting to you, check it out!
I also thought that I may have had a different reading experience if I had listened to the audiobook. The story had a Golden Girls-esque feel to it–although the women in the book are younger than the Golden Girls. And while I loved the Golden Girls, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if I had read it in a book.
definitely read another book by Dorothea Benton Frank in the future,
though. While this wasn’t my favorite, she
always pops up as recommended reading when I search some of my favorite
authors. And her books take place in the Lowcountry, which is one of my
favorite settings! There are other books of hers on my to-read list, so
this won’t be my last. I’m hoping I connect with her other books better
than this one.
New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She divides her time between the New York area and the Lowcountry.
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