by Victoria Strauss
I think the biggest problem with this book is that the author sets up a
no-win scenario. Our main character can either give up all semblance of
a "normal" life to stay in the convent where she can at least paint or
she can give up painting to have a "normal" life with a guy we soon
realize is a jerk. So when it gets to the end, neither option could
really have been satisfying.
Which didn't bother me extremely
much because she doesn't really deserve a happy ending. This is someone
so dumb she spends her life savings to buy a "magic" talisman she
thinks is guaranteed to find her a man to take care of her. And then
even when it should be obvious the guy is a jerk, she still convinces
herself he's not right up until the end.
As for the convent it
seems more like summer camp or boarding school than an actual convent.
The end also takes too long after we get to the foregone unsatisfying
Overall it was competent but unsatisfying.
That is all.