This “coming of adult” awareness novel starts off strong as we meet Yvonne who has returned to Turkey where she honeymooned with her recently deceased husband. The story spirals down as Yvonne seeks answers about her life, her family and her future. What she finds did not really ring true for me and I thought the pivotal event was not really believable. What saved the novel was the author’s easy to read writing style coupled with her astute descriptions and realistic dialogue. Friends tell me that her first novel is far better so I’ve placed it in my shopping cart.
Rated of 5
by Angie G. (Hagerstown, MD), Clear Spring Library
Did not love The Lovers
This review has been a long time coming. I read the book when I received it and thoroughly disliked it. I decided to let it sit for awhile and try again later as what I enjoy varies with my moods. I have recently read it again and it did not improve upon second reading. From the book description I believed that The Lovers was more a psychological suspense novel than a journey of self-discovery. So I decided to evaluate it on how I thought it would be received by my book discussion group. I do not believe they would find the journey credible and would not like any of the characters.
Rated of 5
by Patricia L. (Seward, AK)
No Love for The Lovers
A good novel will move the reader to marvel at an intricate and meaningful plot and/or reread clever and thought provoking phrases. There was little to savor and less to ponder in The Lovers by Vendela Vida. Yvonne, a 50 something widow travels to Turkey searching for some closure after her husband's death, hoping to rekindle the positive experience of her long ago honeymoon. The main character stumbles through incoherent dialog and improbable situations to a predictable end. The result was a flat read with no direction. Possibly the most redeeming feature of The Lovers is it's length, only 225 pages.
Rated of 5
by Shirley D. (Amherst, MA)
After reading some splendid reviews, I found The Lovers very disappointing. While the settings were interesting and some of the supporting characters memorable, the main character, Yvonne, seemed overdrawn and analyzed to the point of boring. If there were some plot, some deep understanding of her life, I didn’t find it. While completion seemed a total waste of time, I kept hoping it would all come together somehow, Didn’t happen for me.
Rated of 5
by Robin B. (Erie, CO)
The Lovers is a novel about an American woman, Yvonne, and her "travel alone" vacation to Turkey to escape grief & gain new friendships. This being my first review, I was sad I didn't find the book more enjoyable. Yvonne has unbelievable relationships & experiences which lead to an unrealistic ending. The tragic pivotal point is needless. It seemed the author tried to make deep meanings of Yvonne's life and plot when actually the book is only a "light read."
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