#TFBRC- Nov 5, 2018

Posted November 5, 2018 by thebeccafiles in Reading challenge / 11 Comments

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Okay, please don’t hate me for my choice for this one, but I tried desperately to get through this book but eventually caved and gave up. From what I’ve seen people really love it or hate it–there isn’t much in-between. I liked the premise of the story, and admit I really enjoyed the Netflix movie (I watched it AFTER I attempted to read it), but I couldn’t get past the writing style. The entire book is a series of letters back-and-forth between several characters discussing events from the war. It felt too disconnected for me and lacked a real story-line. The letters were impersonal and didn’t appear to give the story any life. I would still absolutely recommend the Netflix movie, but I just can’t get behind the book. (That statement is actually saying something there! Because I ALWAYS say the book is better than the movie)!


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11 responses to “#TFBRC- Nov 5, 2018

  1. Patsy Curry

    I read this a few years ago and really liked it. It did take some time to adjust to the writing style. I usually stick with a book for the first 50 pages before I give up it it doesn’t grab me right away. I guess I made it to 50 pages! I haven’t seen the movie yet.

    • I usually try to give at least 50 pages as well. Because of how much people raved about this one I actually read almost twice that thinking it would get better but I just couldn’t do it. The movie is definitely worth the watch though! If you are a fan of Downton Abbey at all there are actually several actors in the movie from the show 🙂

  2. I’ve seen a lot about this book and from what I’ve seen it’s definitely a love it or hate it read. I haven’t read it myself but based on what I’ve seen I don’t think I would enjoy it.

  3. Thank you for your honest review! I did enjoy the letters because I felt it gave the reader a different kind of look inside the head of the characters. I kind of enjoyed having the extra room to imagine and fill in the cracks. I put myself in the role of the heroine and imagined what she would have thought as she read the letters. It is a very different sort of style, and I can appreciate that it isn’t for everyone.
    I did watch the movie after, and I was slightly disappointed that it left out parts, changed the ending and left out a character altogether. However, with that said, the casting, the costumes, the setting, were all brilliant!

    • If it was one person or two people back and forth I don’t think I would have minded the letters. I really think it had more to do with the number of people writing to each other and it felt too chaotic. Are you a Downton Abbey fan out of curiosity? I was pretty excited when I saw Downton actors (SYBIL!) in the movie 🙂

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