I have previously read a novel by Emily Griffin and was pleased when I obtained a copy of Something Blue. The story is about Darcy Rhone, a woman who believes that the more beautiful the woman is, the more charmed her life is. This is a premise which she follows and, in her experience, her beauty excuses her lack of substance and her desire to not play by the rules.
Darcy’s perfect life is turned upside down when her best friend, Rachel White ( ‘plain Jane’) steals her fiance. Ignoring her culpability in the break-up, Darcy finds herself alone with a baby on the way. Darcy tries to recover and flees to her childhood friend in London. Once there, she resorts to her usual methods of getting what she wants. As she tries to rebuild her glamorous life in a new city, Darcy finds that her rules no longer apply. She then begins her journey toward self-awareness, forgiveness, and motherhood.
As expected, Something Blue was a light read. I found myself, however, feeling irritated with the main character, Darcy, as she would not acknowledge her part in the breakdown of her life. The portrayal of her vanity, I feel, went on for too long (over half of the story). Her journey toward self-awareness begins much later on in the story – a journey which is glossed over by the writer. The speed at which Darcy ‘grows up’ left me unsatisfied at the end of the novel. A more in-depth description of the journey the main character takes toward mindfulness would have made the novel more satisfying.
The novel is a quick read which is not too emotionally taxing on the reader. The story would be perfect for a light holiday read that can be put down at will.
I gave the story ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars on Goodreads.
Have you read any of Emily Griffin’s novels?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This novel was the 28th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)