A Gift From Tiffany's (2012)
A Gift from Tiffany's (2012)
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3.49 of 5 Votes: 3
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1250020239 (ISBN13: 9781250020239)
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St. Martin's Griffin
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Warning: SpoilersI don’t even know where to start with this. I really can’t do this review without spoilers. The characters seem a good way to describe what I don’t like about this book.First off; Ethan Greene. Ethan is the ‘good guy’ of the novel: an English lecturer and single father who lost the love of his life to cancer roughly three years before the novel begins. He’s portrayed as being kind hearted man, although he is unrealistically so. When he sets off to recover his ring from Rachel (Gary having proposed with the ring after the mix up), he finds himself unable to explain the situation to her. I can see why he can’t; he knows how happy she is and he doesn’t want to be the one to ruin her dream. But this ring cost him TWENTY THOUSAND dollars. But he can’t, because he also develops some feelings for her throughout the book, purely based off that Rachel is a baker and his former partner told him to go find a woman who would bake him bread. He eventually gets to propose to his fiancée after his ring is baked into sourdough by Rachel’s best friend. Gary Knowles, on the other hand, is the exact opposite. He is selfish, cheap and tries to weasel his way out of every situation. He proposes with a ring he didn’t purchase and builds his future marriage over this lie. However, he does have a change of heart at the end. He ends up getting punched by Ethan, but this punch is like no other. It magically transforms Gary from the selfish, raving idiot to a kind and caring man in roughly a page. The two men shake hands almost immediately. Maybe they both just didn’t care all along about the ring? I’ll do Rachel and Terri (her best friend and business partner together). During the course of the novel we are led to believe that Ethan is destined to marry Rachel for a number of reasons: 1) She’s a baker2) They click almost immediately 3) The ring seemingly fits her perfectly while it turns out to be too big for his fiancée, VanessaBut guess what? Terri also bakes! It emerges that during the novel it is Terri who bakes the bread for Ethan, while Rachel only does the cookies. Which means there is a strange doughy scale of romance where cookies are far less romantic than sourdough. So yes, Ethan does end up with Terri in the end. He returns to the bistro which herself and Rachel run and he asks her to bake himself and Daisy bread (a strange metaphor for getting together with him). She accepts. These two have maybe had at best five or six conversations. I get that Ethan is supposed to be the ‘dreamboat’ of this book, but this just makes Terri seem very desperate to get a man. Oh, I forgot. We are told constantly of Terri’s absence of love in her life and for the most part she seems fine to be single. Turns out she is just insanely desperate for a man.Two lines in this novel really got to me. The first came from Justin, the chef at the bistro. When Terri makes a remark on Gary’s macho nature, which she states is typical of Irish men, Justin replies with: “Hey don’t tar us all with the same brush, sweetheart. You know I’m totally in touch with my feminine side”. And he is right. Oh before I forget, Justin is gay (and I don’t believe anything is wrong with that). He basically is the only man to show any sign of being in touch with his feminine side, I just wish Hill hadn’t used this stereotype.The second line is they very last in the novel. When Gary finally sells his bike to propose to Rachel with a ring from Tiffany’s the Christmas after the events of the novel, she says yes. Does she say I love you? Nope. She doesn’t even mention the word love. Instead, this:“by now, you of all people should know that a girl would never say no to something from Tiffany’s”.The italics on the ‘never’ are directly from the book, not my own adjustment. Okay, maybe this is a reference to the fact that she said yes to the last time he proposed (with Ethan’s Tiffany’s ring). However, it just seems to come across as a bit materialistic. She’s basically saying that she (and every other female) would accept a proposal from anyone, as long as it’s a ring from Tiffany’s. The rest of the novel is riddled with silly plot twists and other annoyances:• Vanessa, Ethan’s fiancée, is cheating with Brian, his best friend• Vanessa and Brian were in the cab that hit Gary and caused the mix up.• Ethan’s daughter, Daisy, is a very unrealistic 8 year old. She worries constantly about her father’s cholesterol, warning him about having too much sweets and hot chocolate.• The timeframes seemed to be messed up at points. Some evenings last forever (particularly the last day Ethan spends in Dublin). • In the novels climax, everyone ends up at the bistro (except Brian, who only physically appears once or twice). Extremely coincidental and I did leave myself open to accept a few appearances of characters, but I gave up when Rachel just walked in for no reason. Нетипичен чиклит, пълен с обрати, дори до към средата си мислех едно за развитието на отношенията между главните герои, пък то се оказа малко по-различно. Успя да ме изненада, разтовари, разсмее и увлече.Всичко, което се иска от едно четиво, ей така - между другото ...
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cottoncat
I've read 2/3 of it and when I thought it's almost end, suddenly the conflict begin again.. zzzzzzz
Only_yours4
uuh, confusing story and not interesting. such a loss to buy it.
kleven
feel good book for the Xmas holidays
Kery
Good read lovely chritsmas story
Sylvia
A fun read.
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