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Review of What If by Rita Szollos

Review of What If by Rita SzollosWhat If: A romantic comedy about a black and white photograph. by Rita Szollos
Published by BusyBella Printing on August 3rd 2015
Pages: 308
Format: Mobi
Source: CBB Book Promotions

What If is a romantic comedy and adventure about a black and white photograph.
Ailie Faulkner, a single, 39 year-old woman, married to her work, treasures a black and white photograph, and she’s stored it in her closet for more than a decade. Like a wistful teenager staring adoringly at a poster above her bed, Ailie has spent years returning to this photo again and again, concocting fantasies and daydreams about the photo’s handsome content.
Prone to list making and overall levelheadedness, Ailie usually isn’t one to believe in fate, but her curiosity (ahem, obsession!) with the photograph leads her to a life-changing decision and sends her on an adventure filled with humor, travel, bouts of nausea, unexpected discoveries, and reflections on cooking. Encouraged by her overbearing but obliging mother and an inquisitive grandmother, and guided by the insightful (albeit often contradictory) advice of her best friends, Ailie endeavors to learn about the photo, the person within its frame, and the possibilities of their future.

In ” an Oyster Shell –  A humorous read with a wild story that ensues. I would say if you need something light and fun this would be the book.

The Pearls – The main character starts off as close to middle-age woman, who is hitting a big lifetime decision of becoming a mom. I didn’t like her at first but she grew some humanity over the expanse of the story and you were totally engaged with her by the end.

The book had great supporting characters. The MC had some crazy ideas, her friends and families surrounded her and helped her complete her goals.

The romance was interesting. There was a twist towards the end that I was not expecting. Making for a compelling story.

The Sand I liked the book as a whole, but the end was off for me. I feel like it ended too soon. I felt like there was more to the story.

3 pearls

3 Stars

About Rita Szollos

Rita Szollos is the sleep-deprived “mum” to a very curious 5 year old, a devoted dog, an angry Kitty, and one very mature teen nephew. She takes pleasure in writing about the smallest details of life – the quiet moments, the snapshots. Together with her Kiwi husband, the family enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping in the Bay Area around San Francisco. Rita is currently working on her second novel, tracing her parents’ escape from Hungary 45 years ago.

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