One of my main sources of reading material is S. Krishna's Books. I've found her reviews very reliable and, while she has a much more varied palette than I do, I do think our tastes overlap. Oh, and she wrote what I consider the best bad review ever. You've got to love that.
Kindred Spirits by Sarah Strohmeyer and gave it a rating of 4.5 out of 5 (her review here). Since my Kindle has become the steroid of choice of my TBR pile (TBR = To be read. Trust me, it takes up far less space when you have a kindle!), I ordered a copy of it and was able to start--and finish--it during the 4th of July Weekend.
The gist of the book is that, after several years of fighting cancer and a terminal diagnosis, Lynne takes her own life. She has made an agreement with her 3 best friends that they will go through her personal belongings. In doing so, her friends come across a letter to them (as well as 2 others to 2 other people) telling them of her secret and asking them to finish what she was not able to finish herself.
Before I go into my thoughts on this book, I will admit that my expectations were off base. I don't know if I would say they were too high, but I was expecting this book to be something other than what it was. I can only blame myself for this, because S. Krishna clearly says on her review that it is "Women's Fiction" (which is, as I put it on my Good Reads review, is like Chick Lit for older Chicks).
Honestly, I like books that are a little more--how should I put this--sophisticated. The writing style in this book was fine--for "women's fiction," but it certainly wasn't going to win the Pulitzer. The characters were well-written and well-rounded, but I found the story line predictable and everything tied up to easily at the end.
Still, it kept my interest and I would recommend it for light reading if that is what you are looking for!
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