Heroine: Jane Margaux
Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany’s. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He’s perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can’t stay forever, though. On Jane’s ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she’ll soon forget him. Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone-a handsome, comforting, funny man. He’s perfect. His name is Michael . . .
I read this book for my book club meeting that meets next week and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. For some reason, I really dragged my feet to get this book read but once Ames put her foot down and told me that I had to read this book before any of my other books, I got this book read. It was a really fast read for me and before I knew what was what, I was wrapped up in Jane and Michael’s world and my heart was sighing all over the dang place.
Jane is the main character and when she’s a child, she has an imaginary friend named Michael who spends time with her and keeps her company while her mother is busy building her empire. Jane’s an only child and with her mother always busy in meetings and dinners and what not, she spent a lot of time on her own. Enter Michael. Michael talked with her, he played with her and he made her happy but when she turns nine years old, Michael left her. It was time for him to move on to his next child and it was time for Jane to grow up. The way that things work is that once an imaginary friend leaves a child, the child forgets about them and they move on with their life. They grow up and other things become important to them but something happened with Jane because she never forgot Michael and Michael, never forgot about Jane.
Fast forward, many many years later: Jane is in her thirties and she’s working with her mother and just finished a successful run of the play that she wrote on Broadway. She’s in talks about taking that same play and turning it into a movie. She’s got a boyfriend who is really nice to look at but is more interested in moving his acting career to the next level than he is about Jane. And Michael is in between assignments at the moment, so he’s back in New York and when he comes across Jane after all these years, he’s thrown.
And this is where the story took off. It was interesting to read through both Michael and Jane’s point of views. They were each wrapped up in their own lives and when their lives come together again, it was super sweet. The way that they came together was nice and Patterson did a great job of showing the confusion on both of their parts and then the acceptance, and then the love. Michael and Jane were so good together that I was rooting them on from the very beginning (from when they’re thrown together again when Jane is in her thirties, not when she’s nine). The way that their worlds collided and then the way that they worked through the obstacles that were put in their ways, it all made for a wonderfully sweet story that I really enjoyed.
The characters, the gritty realness of New York and the story all made for a great way to spend a few hours but even as sweet a story as it was, it was just a fluffy story that made me sigh and then I moved on to the next story. Still, it was good.
Grade: 3.5 out of 5