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Momo – :
Overall it was a great book. You could yell the author did their research on a number of topics. There were a few subjects or thoughtd they started but they randomly got side tracked and didn’t finish. Great read though!
Leslie – :
This is what I did all weekend instead of homework. It couldn’t be helped. A delightful escape, I got lost in the world Rizzo built and was unable to put it down. The characters are endearing and the story is heartwarming, and the fact that the book is well-written is refreshing, and didn’t make me feel *too* bad about procrastinating the academic reading.
Elizabeth and Ruth were inseparable in college, but Ruth broke it off to settle down with a man and start a family. Now the pair will face each other for the first time in thirty years at their college reunion. When the opportunity to start again presents itself, they must decide if there is anything left between them.
I loved that Elizabeth and Ruth weren’t twentysomethings trying to figure out their lives. Both have so much history together and apart, which makes them all the more interesting. Rizzo has got a knack for characterization, and I definitely want to go back and read Exception to the Rule. Can’t wait to see what else she’ll do in the future.
Ameliah Faith – :
Touching, Tender and Genuine
It is the 1970s and life was about perfect. Elizabeth and her college roommate Ruth are deeply in love, or so Elizabeth thinks. With no warning at all Ruth becomes engaged to the man her Russian refugee parents have chosen for her. After seeing them kiss, Elizabeth takes off to Europe to finish her studies but Ruth is never far from her mind. Thirty years late and they come face to face at their college reunion. Everything has changed but nothing is different.
Admit it, we all love those stories of the lovers who parted then get a second chance. They are mushy and hopeful and make us feel good. Even the bad ones have the AWWW factor. This one is truly better than most! It is by far the most realistic and thought provoking one I’ve ever read and I loved it!!
Told through Elizabeth’s eyes, the characters are deep and serious…level headed 50 somethings when they meet again. Elizabeth doesn’t just fall back into bed with Ruth or even agree to see her at all at first. She does a lot of soul searching. She remembers the past up to the present. She has doubts and fears, needs and desires. Not all of these things are about Ruth. She also has some major life issues to deal with which give the story more depth and dimension.
It is so easy to want to hate Ruth but there is just something about her that like Elizabeth, you really can’t. She had her reasons for leaving and her torment about walking away causes her almost as much pain. There is just so much to this book and I will put it into my re-read pile.