Story fell a little flat

June 26, 2007
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One Life, by Rebecca Frayn (HarperCollins, $24.99):

Rose and Johnny are a pretty average, every day couple enjoying life and all it has to offer.

However, all that changes when Johnny suddenly decides it’s time for more commitment, something more real and substantial in their lives.

Rose agrees to starting a family but, as is a common theme these days with couples starting families later in life, they find it’s not as easy to conceive as they had hoped it would be.

The book looks at the strength of the couple’s relationship, the seemingly no-so-equal desire to have children and the hurdles they face as they try to have that baby.

In theory, it could have been a great book. Unfortunately though, I found it a little flat: it didn’t feel real and didn’t pull me into the story.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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