Saturday, April 17, 2021

Isabelle and Alexander by Rebecca Anderson - OPTIONAL

Isabelle and Alexander by Rebecca Anderson, 368 pages. Shadow Mountain, 2021. $16.

Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG



Isabelle is excited for the good match her parents have made, but nervous about marrying Alexander since he is still practically a stranger. Despite her reservations, Isabelle goes into her marriage hopeful and chooses to nourish that hope despite the disappointments and hardships that abound. Will this new life ever fill with the happiness she imagines?

Anderson has written a different kind of love story in that it seems somewhat backwards. Isabelle and Alexander are married by chapter two and slowly get to know each other and hope for love as the book, and their marriage, progresses. I did not like Alexander for at least two-thirds of the book because his changes of emotion from one scene to the next hurt Isabelle. However, one day, without warning, I picked up the book looking forward to reading about the couple; I guess Alexander charmed me as he charmed Isabelle. In the end, I enjoyed the read, though I don’t think it is anything spectacular.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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