Archive for 'Churchill, Jill'
I am a person who almost never puts down a book until I finish reading it. Yes, there are exceptions. I have put down books that had too much colloquial language and annoyed me, books that were too gory and turned me off, and I have had real life intervene and force me to abandon a good book now and then. But I feel that every book has some redeeming characteristic in it that makes it worth reading. Frankly, I was hard pressed to find anything good to say about The Accidental Florist – it is by far the worst book I have ever read.
And I am going to qualify that by saying that I think something has gone wrong behind the scenes and this book is just a manifestation of it. Like what? You ask. I am going to guess that either something is wrong with the author, the publisher, or both.
I donâ€™t read reviews of a book until I read it and write my own review so that I can be unbiased about it. But when I told my husband how bad this book was, he suggested I check the reviews on Amazon to see how others felt. This book and the author were savaged there. Diehard fans chimed in to suggest the book be recalled, pulped, or boycotted. Apparently, the quality of this book is a radical departure for Churchill (this is the only book of hers I have read, I think). One of the reviewers suggested this book was written to terminate her contract with her publisher. Personally, I would be concerned with the health of the author.
What makes this such a bad book? First of all, there is really no mystery to speak of. Secondly, it reads like a to do list for the main characterâ€™s wedding and home remodel and has approximately that much charm, too. This book should never have seen the light of day. If you are a Jill Churchill fan, I would suggest that you skip this book and write her a nice note, because something is horribly wrong.
Favorite character? No. Did I guess it? Not a mystery. Will I read another? Maybe, Churchill obviously has a following so I may try an earlier book.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com Â©2007