Let me say first, in plain English. Wow.
From page one I was striding through an Americanized Bridgett Jones’ Diary. I’m not particularly fond of the Diary, nor that genre in general, but as she’s a colleague and I’m one to soak up as much as I can to learn and experience, I read it.
Honestly, I didn’t know where it was going, a laundry list of failed romances and faux pas that would rattle the staunchest relationship expert in any given country. It was a tour de force for emotional failure and relationships How-Not-To-Dos. If Emily intended to write “Killing Relationships for Dummies” it was a masterpiece. Then I stopped for a moment and looked into what she had written, and more importantly, HOW it was written and a light bulb went off in my head.
My favorite movies of all time are anything to do with coming of age stories. I’m a sucker for that life lesson that waits right around the corner to slap you in the face. Perhaps it’s because of me having four children and enjoying it so much when life gives them a lesson they will always remember.
Emily Belden delivered the greatest life lesson one could learn in an amusing, though genuine way. Her character breathes, but that was to be expected as it’s her. The sheer joy of the lesson she learned and the subsequent joy of presenting the story to what should prove to be a legion of fans, came through her work like a beacon from a lighthouse on the darkest night. This learning experience she lived through is presented to her readers in a clever tapestry. Each scene or encounter builds off the last and the added list of lessons learned at the beginning of each chapter are perfectly vague as to what the story tells you.
Imagine the Chef’s menu and not knowing what the courses are and you’ll have the lessons listed in the chapter upcoming. As you would taste and savor the Chef’s course, you savor her encounter and ingest the lessons there without even really knowing it. Then she hits the payoff and suddenly, everything is right there in a perfect picture. Her epiphany is yours to hold.
Bridgett Jones…Let Emily Belden show you how its done in America.