Holding out for a Hero, Victoria Van Tiem
Genre: Romance, women’s fiction
I loved Victoria’s last book Love like the Movies, and was hoping I’d feel the same about this one. It wasn’t to be though 😦 It’s still a great read but darker in feel, a more serious story though there are moments of humour sprinkled throughout it just didn’t feel quite right to me.
Libby, she was stuck in the 80’s – I know how that feels, sometimes I feel I’m stuck in the 70’s, patchouli oil, incense stick, Loons, Indian prints – floaty skirts and tiny mirrors decorating them….I just had issues actually Liking Libby though. She had some great friends who went all out to help her even if some of it was OTT, they were always there for her, supporting her, listening to her, but she seems to take it all for granted and is almost rude at times. I can’t think of any times she did things for them and it seemed very much one way giving. Its not til Finn points out after one of the disaster dates that she’s not trying, not making an effort to see the good in people but just focussing on the negatives, that she sees it herself. She does make an effort after that and I began to warm to her, and as more comes out and I understand her I did feel for her. There’s clearly something that’s happened to make her that way, and some tantalising hints get thrown out as the story goes on, and being inescapably curious I really wanted to know the answers…..I loved her friends, even though they were a bit strange a times, they meant well, and really tried so hard for her. It’s clear they’d been round for years and knew about everything, and I kept feeling that if they liked Libby I must be misjudging her and she must have good points I just didn’t see..
When the Big Reveal does come – and its not all at once, the hints get stronger until…and then it was really very emotional reading, gave me the sniffles, and looking back over what I’d read I could see how it all fit together. The ending after that seems a little rushed though, and I really expected one person to play a larger role given the ending.
The first third I struggled with and almost gave up, mostly because I found Libby so whiny and critical of everything. I know depression has all kinds of effects on people, and it was clear she had some major issues and that part was very real, but I found her really difficult to like even given that. It was well worth sticking with because the last third is five star all the way, even given the slightly quick finish.
Stars: Three and a half, a mixed bag for me, bits I struggled to get through and then some wonderful parts that had me on the edge of tears.
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