An Enchanted Book Review: “where we belong”

One of the few joys I look forward to as an on again-off again single woman when my tugboat man goes out to sea is the freedom to read in bed as long as I want, without being told to “turn the light out and put the book down.”

That’s why I was soo excited to find a new Emily Giffen novel.2012-WhereWeBelong

where we belongย (click on the title to read a chapter preview), is a radical departure from her other novels, and I’ve read them all:

An Emily Giffen story is usually so fun and captivating — ย it’s like comfort food with the classic story structure: action, background, conflict, development, and the ending — with a happily ever after.

I want, I want, I want...

I’m pretty easy to please when i read chick lit. I don’t ask for much — a little romance, a little fashion, a little roadblock to the romance, some witty repartee, conflict resolution, and a happy ending with a huge diamond.

But not this time. What a disappointment this was!

[Spoiler alert]

Giffen’s character development was flat, stereotypical, and full of cliches. ย The entire premise was kind of hard for me to believe. A teenager (Marian) gets pregnant, tells her mom but no one else — not the teen’s dad nor the teen’s boyfriend (Conrad); they conspire to hide her away somewhere until she gives birth and subsequently offers up the three-day-old child for adoption, and immediately gets on with her life to eventually become a successful producer of televison shows. Eighteen years later, the child (Kirby) searches for her birth mother and father, and ultimately all four parents attend her high school graduation. The reader is left with the hint that the bio-parents still have the hots for each other.

That’s it!

That’s all I got out of it the 372 pages.

My overwhelming feeling is that Giffen is looking to cash in on another series — will they or won’t they act on their feelings? Even the Reading Guide hints at this: “What do you think happens after the last page in this novel is turned? What future do you see for Kirby, Marian, and Conrad?

Sorry Emily Giffen, I’m not a fan of this one.

Have you read this one? Let me know what you think about it.

28 thoughts on “An Enchanted Book Review: “where we belong”

  1. I hate it when one of my “comfort authors” lets me down. It’s like going to your favorite restaurant for your favorite food and having it burnt or off the menu. My condolences.

    Have you read any of Sarah Addison Allen? She’s always been spot on for me and has a little twist in her chick lit.


  2. I too have read a lot of Emily Griffen since I love reading, I have read the 5 that you listed. Thanks for the heads up on ‘where you belong’ and think I may pass on it from what you have said.
    Haven’t read any of Sarah Addison Allen-michelleatplay and will check her out.
    Kristen Hannah has some great books too!


  3. I love to read, but haven’t heard of Emily Griffen. I’ll have to look for one of her other ones. My go-to gal is Nora Roberts. Some of hers I have read multiple times. ๐Ÿ™‚ Right now, my TBR pile is ginormous. I may never catch up.

    It is nice to know that I’m not the only one who gets the “turn out the light and put that book down” speech. LOL


  4. Thank you for the review! I’ve read her other books as well and was wanting to read this one. You saved me $20 (thank God – more money for me to spend at Target!). I always hate when I get used to an author’s style and they change it up – with negative results. But then again, I hate change! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Oh no! I hate when that happens! I’m one of those people who will walk away from an unfinished book if I’m not getting anything out of the story and I have a daughter who won’t put a book down for anything. Better luck next time!


  6. Love her books too ~ sorry didn’t want the read the spoiler (thanks for the alert!) but I am happy that I know there’s a new one out! Just finished watching seasons 1 & 2 of Downton Abbey so need something a bit more current! ๐Ÿ™‚


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