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Everything was so obvious and so cliched that I couldn't believe it. I will only say that after they leave together, the story gets even worse. The end is not even rewarding, it feels so unreal that you don't care one way or the other, you just want it to finish. That detached and estranged was I from the story and from its characters.

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Don't lose your time with this monstrous hundred pages book, honestly, it's not worth it. Jan 21, Liz rated it did not like it. I am a fan of Paullina Simons' earlier books, so I thought this would at least be okay. However, I simply hated the main character, Larissa. There is always going to be controversy in a character who leaves her husband and 3 children without so much as a note, but even if you took that away, she was so selfish in her friendships and I could see no redeeming qualities in her personality or the way she interacted with people.

At several times during the book we were told by various characters what I am a fan of Paullina Simons' earlier books, so I thought this would at least be okay. At several times during the book we were told by various characters what a great person, wife and mother she had been, but this wasn't demonstrated in any of the action in the book. The man she had an affair with came across as being sexual napalm to Larissa, but beyond the physical I didn't find that his character was developed enough in the book to make us understand why she would leave her whole life for him.

The dialogue between Larissa and her friends, particularly Ezra, was unrealistic. The ability of her friend Che to recall whole conversations in her letters was ridiculous, and in fact the whole character of Che and the backstory of her and her boyfriend's exploits in the Philippines was laughable. I didn't actually like any of the supporting characters enough to feel a vested interest in what happened to them.

As well as my dislike of the main character, it really was the lack of realism for me that made this book so bad, particularly how farcical it became towards the end. The book was way too long, and I wish I had stopped reading it halfway through, but I continued on because I wanted to know how it ended, and whether Simons' previous good writing would make an appearance. Alas, the ending made me laugh with its Days of Our Lives type over-dramatics, and good writing was nowhere to be found. Sep 06, Barbara Elsborg rated it liked it. I am emotionally wrung out after finishing this one!

I'm a great admirer of Paullina Simons - I think I've read all of her books. I especially love Tully. A song in the Daylight takes the reader on a similar angst ridden journey. It's hard to love the heroine - Larissa - who walks away from her husband and children to be with a young guy she believes is the love of her life - a man she simply cannot stand to be without.

I think Ms Simons portrayed an accurate portrait of a besotted woman that sa I am emotionally wrung out after finishing this one! I think Ms Simons portrayed an accurate portrait of a besotted woman that sadly, most readers will dislike. Kai is almost unbelievable as the young man she falls for. Very intelligent, well read and seemingly in desperate love with Larissa - until - well I'm not going to spoil the end but it was not what I wanted to read for these two.

But how could there be a happy ending when a woman walks out on her family to satisy her own selfish cravings? No matter how many pages of angst-ridden wailing we're given and the book was too long for the content , we can't help but want to slap her and say - look what you're throwing away. So it was a brave novel to not really give us anyone to identify with - but maybe giving us an insight into what happens when chance encounters turn to affairs.

Nov 29, Felicity rated it liked it. I feel emotionally exhausted and quite melancholy after finishing this book. It was a brilliant tale, very well written with believable characters, but everyone suffered so very much and it was just so heartwrenching and that is difficult when you don't care for the characters. I felt a similar way about Tully. In fact Larissa in many ways goes through the same struggles that Tully did. I I feel emotionally exhausted and quite melancholy after finishing this book. I adored Tatiana and Alexander and Spencer and Lily.

They were real to me and I loved them so much. I can reread those books over and over and over again. I didn't feel the same way about this book. Dec 03, Sheree rated it did not like it. I was really disappointed with the last quarter of this book. The firs three quarters were brilliant.

It has left me wondering if there is going to be a follow on book or did Paullina just have to finish this book in a hurry???? Larissa is an involved mother of three, a devoted wife, living the upper-middle class, suburban-housewife life. Everyone thinks she has the perfect life, and she doesn't feel that anything is missing. Until she meets Kai, an easy going, Hawaiian born, sushi eating, charming man half her age who makes her feel more than that shopping is the greatest fulfilment in life. After a long, covert, passionate affair she leaves her family without a backward glance and rides off on the back of Kai''s Duc Larissa is an involved mother of three, a devoted wife, living the upper-middle class, suburban-housewife life.

After a long, covert, passionate affair she leaves her family without a backward glance and rides off on the back of Kai''s Ducati to Australia. After a brief 'honeymoon' period, money issues arise the lack of , causing tension in the relationship. And it is ultimately all down hill from there. After spending time in Manila, in an attempt to save money and visit her best friend but ends up instead meeting her friend's abandoned daughter , Larissa returns to Kai to discover his new passion for trail riding, horses and his new pregnant girlfriend I guess, once a cheater always a cheater.

So how does it end? Well in true star-crossed lover fashion they both die at the hands of their own unrestrained passion in the Australian bushland or thats how I read it. The master of ethical pickles in relationships serves up another in this novel. Simons walks the fine line between demonizing and sympathising her characters perfectly. You will feel emotionally exhausted after reading all pages of this story.

Its not an easy read, but Simons doesn't make the prose too heavy as to alienate the reader, yet adds enough to keep you fully engaged. There are even comical moments when Larissa constantly, internally mentions the age difference between her and Kai, which made me giggle.

Larissa, Larissa, Larissa head shake - how conflicted I am about you. Yes I will admit that at one point I did want you to escape your suburban hell and those annoyingly pretentious friends. And yes ashamedly I even felt suspense and a little impressed by your deceptive techniques. But could a loving mother really leave her husband and children without any explanation?

Didn't you at least owe them some reason? I know Jared, the husband, was often too caught up with work and has a slightly disturbing s housewife, materialistic view of married women as in 'why don't you go out and buy yourself something pretty, darling'. An honourable guy that Larissa chose to marry. No one else made that choice. Did those vows you spoke on your wedding day mean nothing Larissa? Even if they were spoken most likely in a chapel in Vegas during the elopement probably while Elvis oversaw proceedings.

I will grant Larissa that Kai was charming, patient, real and more exciting. And it did appear as if they had a deep, lasting connection. To be honest, warning signals should have gone off when he was telling her about his 'demon rides' and obvious willingness to pursue a married woman.

I did feel a little cheated by the somewhat contrived ending, but thinking about it, not much else acceptable could have really happened. How could she go back, after all that had happened? It was fitting that the harsh, unforgiving Aussie Outback dealt with the unfaithful pair with harsh, unforgiving justice. But it didn't particularly ring true and needed more editing for actuality and smoothness. I mean, if you had just caused your lover to be bitten by a poisonous snake, after pushing him off a horse, wouldn't you do all you could to get the anti-venom from the saddle bags?

I don't care how cut your leg is, or that he's just told you he's leaving you, you limp over to the horse!! You don't just sit there and watch the guy who was apparently your 'soul-mate' five minutes before agonisingly die! He seems to miss all the things she did, but not exactly her. The kids appear on the surface to go on as normal more concerned with sports, recitals and socialising but there are underlying signs that they will be eternally damaged for what their mother has done how could they not?

I liked the inclusion of the best friend Che and her daughter Nalini she's so adorable! The depiction of Australia and the people was good and rang true despite appearing as a haven for selfish adulterers.


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I liked the inclusions of country towns, the vastness of the country, Perisher and Thredbo. But on a pedantic note as a horse lover the breed of wild horse is spelt 'brumby' not 'brumbie'. Needless to say this novel isn't on the same level as TBH what else possibly could be? But as usual Simons writes brilliantly, with exquisite prose like: But she is truly a master at character development and depth.

In my opinion, the novel's take home message about marriage and relationships can be found in this sentence 'a vacation is over in 7 days. But a Jag you have forever. Jul 08, Karen rated it it was amazing Recommended to Karen by: I haven't read anything from Paullina Simons for quite some time, but have always had her books on my wish-list. I recently had a book store voucher and went looking for another of Paullina's titles, but they did not have it in stock.

I was hesitant to read this book due to the number of negative reviews, but after reading some of them, it seems the only issue was that readers had very strong opinions about the main character, Larissa.

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Now to me a sign of a good author is that she can make you f I haven't read anything from Paullina Simons for quite some time, but have always had her books on my wish-list. Now to me a sign of a good author is that she can make you feel passionately towards her characters, regardless of whether its love or hate. I decided to make up my own mind and I'm extremely glad I did. Now I've got a LOT I want to say about this book, but I think as a reader you should discover the story on your own without reading spoilers. I had not read any major spoilers and enjoyed not knowing what the outcome of the story would be.

I like all the other readers, did not like Larissa I finished Song in the Daylight a couple of days ago and it has been on my mind ever since, and I haven't been able to start a new book. I think that makes this book worthy of 5 stars. Apr 09, Ella Seltzer rated it it was ok. I have to be honest and say that I couldn't read the whole thing. The fact that I skipped pages and don't really think that I missed anything that important is proof in itself that the book was unnecessarily long I have read another novel by Paulina Simons, forget the name about the girl with cancer who wins the lottery and loved it but this was sadly disappointing.

A heroine must have a redeeming feature in my mind, and Larissa had none, even when she took the plunge and went after her own I have to be honest and say that I couldn't read the whole thing. A heroine must have a redeeming feature in my mind, and Larissa had none, even when she took the plunge and went after her own 'heart'. I almost went out of my mind when she opted to go to that loser Kai who so obviously didn't want her any more rather than going home to her kids. As a mother I think what Larissa did, despite her unhappiness was beyond credible. Perhaps Simons went to this extreme as an extreme critique of the emptiness of the 'desperate housewives'society she lived in.

What a waste of a well-written book. Aug 09, Manja rated it really liked it. As someone else mentioned, I also felt emotionally exhausted and quite melancholy after finishing the book, as well. Unlike a few of the other readers, I still think that this book was very well written and I like the fact that Simons dares to take the road where the character follows her own selfish desires and ends up facing the consequences.

Not every story can have a perfect ending. However, I think that Larissa was very delusioned in the ways of life and had perhaps, convinced herself that l As someone else mentioned, I also felt emotionally exhausted and quite melancholy after finishing the book, as well.

However, I think that Larissa was very delusioned in the ways of life and had perhaps, convinced herself that love conquers all, even at the expense of the pain of abandoning her children. Readers shouldn't take this book at face value, there's more depth to it than meets the eye, you just have to give it a chance.

If you're looking for a feel-good book then I would say to put this away and pick up her Bronze Horseman trilogy because those books are just absolutely gorgeous. Oct 12, Lynette rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book but as usual the reviews elsewhere reflect a controversial story. I've come to realise that if you don't give readers a HEA then you leave yourself open to negative reviews. Larissa isn't a typical heroine, she's most certainly selfish and at times very stupid.

People live their lives like this all the time. I love Paullina's writing.

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The depth that she creates in her characters is like no one else. For me this is as good as Tully. You don't have to fall i I really enjoyed this book but as usual the reviews elsewhere reflect a controversial story. You don't have to fall in love with your main characters to enjoy the story. Jan 04, Nina rated it did not like it. A big book but fairly easy to get through. Very emotionally draining, similar to Tully in that sense, and also shared similar themes. I found the main character Larissa very self-absorbed and irritating. The ending is somewhat abrupt, depressing and unfulfilling, although I must say unpredictable.

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Would definitely not bother reading again. Jan 27, Sheziss rated it liked it Shelves: Nada es lo que parece, ni siquiera este libro. Esto es lo que yo llamo una gran novela. Paullina convierte todo lo que toca en oro, estoy convencida. Y no es que el tema sea m Nada es lo que parece, ni siquiera este libro. La primera parte es la historia de amor perfecta, o casi perfecta.

Desde el momento en que se conocen, saltan chispas. Tanto en pensamientos como en sentimientos, Paullina lo borda. Es como si tuviera todo el tiempo del mundo y ella lo supiera. Pero esas repeticiones resultan muy adecuadas, en el momento justo, siempre. Las dos caras de una misma moneda, siempre ligadas, siempre unidas. El desarrollo de los personajes es brutal, sobre todo en el caso de Larissa, el libro ronda en torno a ella y sus circunstancias, sabemos en todo momento lo que piensa y siente, su perspectiva de las cosas y sus descubrimientos de los hechos, sus razones y sus impulsos, todo.

Ese deseo de saber y, al mismo tiempo, de ignorar todo lo que ocurre a su alrededor. Stars I want to say, upfront, that Paullina Simons can do no wrong in my eyes I've loved every book of hers that I've read and I kinda loved this one but Two more selfish, morally bereft, short-sighted and just plain wicked individuals are yet to be written. What was Simons thinking? I can see why people gave 3. I can see why people gave it single star ratings, not for the quality of Simons' work, that's as excellent as always, but for the fact that you want to hit someone I ended up shouting at my partner while reading, it makes you so mad!

If ever a scene set the parameters for disaster straight from the start, that chance meeting was it; you knew this tale was going to be a tragedy, you were just along for the ride, a spectator to the crash that was coming. You aren't sure; you just knew to hold on tight and wait it out. This is a story about choices and the consequences of living with them. Larissa Stark has it all, and gives it up, Kai Passani has nothing and takes everything. The outcome of their actions is the ruination of a family and I'm happy to say I'm danced a gig when they got their just desserts, couldn't have happened to a better couple This is a 3.

It is certainly a book that will stay with me though for totally different reason than The Bronze Horseman. Dec 11, Nicki Markus rated it liked it Shelves: A good friend sent me this book as a birthday gift and I approached it a little tentatively at first. The reason for that was the fact that I find Simons a somewhat inconsistent writer. I have read some books of hers that I loved and others that I hated, so I wondered where this one would fall. In the end I would rate it somewhere in the middle. There were many things I liked about this book.

Larissa was an interesting, if sometimes misguided and naive, character and, in the early part of the boo A good friend sent me this book as a birthday gift and I approached it a little tentatively at first. Larissa was an interesting, if sometimes misguided and naive, character and, in the early part of the book, I found her inner struggle gripping reading. She lives a supposedly normal and happy life, but then a chance meeting turns her world upside-down.


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This book covers both the mundane and the amazing aspects of everyday life. Her husband also comes across well. Sure he's a bit dim not to notice the problems emerging, but once the dam breaks he comes into his own and becomes a much more engaging character. I also felt the supporting cast were nicely fleshed out and 'real'. I never warmed to Kai; although, I can see why many would find him appealing.

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Unfortunately, unlike Larissa, I saw him coming a mile away. However, the reason this only got three stars and not four is that, for me, it lacked the spark of some of Simons best work such as The Bronze Horseman. The story was fine, but it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. I also found the ending a tad abrupt and unsatisfactory - it felt distinctly like Simons was preaching right and wrong by then.

Still, this was a pleasant read and it is a book that will keep current Simons fans happy as well as appealing to anyone who likes contemporary family drama. I love Paullina Simmons. I devoured them all. And for the first three quarters of this book, it was the same. I couldn't put it down And learned that the main character, Larissa, was not, and had never been, the person she was portrayed as. I'd had sympathy with her, I'd been on her side despite her obvious flaws, I could see her struggle - till I discovered that almost everything I k I love Paullina Simmons.

I'd had sympathy with her, I'd been on her side despite her obvious flaws, I could see her struggle - till I discovered that almost everything I knew about her character, including said struggle - was wrong. And Kai, the man she meets who throws her world into chaos - he just did a complete and became a different person. There are very few fictional characters I despise more then these two If we'd been shown Larissa's true character and Kai's fickle nature earlier, I might feel differently but instead I feel duped by Simons. I spent pages plus believing certain things to be true and then at the final hurdle - actually know, these characters aren't who you think they are, they never were, the end.

I very rarely feel like I've wasted my time on a book. I wasted my time with this one. Sep 22, Birgit rated it really liked it. I read this book some time ago and I really enjoyed it. Larissa who has "everything" husband, three kids, wants for nothing, stay at home mum, spoilt, indulged meets a man and wonders if the grass really is greener on the other side. Surprise surprise, she has an affair, up and leaves hubby and three kids without a word.

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