Cupid causes confusion

2009-01-07 00:00

Melton House, a run-down sprawling stately home forms the backdrop to this novel which interweaves the lives of its protagonists as it follows their journeys towards mostly unrequited love.

In a nutshell, Thomas and Mary Musgrove’s parents were unable to hold on to their beloved Melton House due to the exorbitant costs associated with its vast maintenance needs, and it has been bought by Jack Curtis, a rich divorcé. He hires renowned garden designer Florence to sort out the neglected garden and she takes her niece, Persephone, with her to stay at Melton House.

Thomas — a widower — and Mary live close by with Thomas’s dead wife’s brother, Francis, and his young daughter. Enter Cupid, who begins casting his arrows haphazardly all over the place.

I found this book hugely confusing at first as there are just too many characters and I found myself forgetting who was involved with who and why. The storyline has moments that I mildly enjoyed but, on the whole, I found it a bit weak.

I never really bonded well with any of the characters, many of whom I found to be totally arbitrary as they make an appearance and disappear without any resolution, or valid explanation of why they were there in the first place. It seems as if the author introduced them just to fill space in the vacuous plot.

The end left me feeling like there was really no point at all to anything that had gone before.

A disappointing read on the whole.

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