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Book Review: Heart On A String

by Kris Radish

Bantam Books, 2010

My Rating: B-

My Synopsis: Five women, complete strangers meet in an airport restroom when one of them accidentally drops her cell phone in the toilet. They instantly band together to keep everyone out of the restroom until they are able to recover the phone.

About the time they are accomplishing that feat, an airport announcement informs everyone that all flights are being cancelled due to an on-coming storm. The airport is shutting down. Immediately, one of the women dials the hotel she just checked out of and re-books the same two bedroom suite. She invites the other four women to join her. Although each one has strong reservations about staying with strangers, they each decide this is a better choice than spending the next several days on a plastic airport chair.

The first half of this story is a look at each one of the five women. It’s a look at how they, and women in general, get along, communicate, and bond with each other. As the storm raged outside their Florida resort hotel, there were often storms raging between the women inside. Gradually, the women shared various details about their lives until finally the major secrets were spilled. As that happened, the women became united in their support of each other. They became more than friends. They became a real unit.

Nan, Cathy, Patti, Holly, and Margot – “women who fed off of one another and seemed to grow bolder and occasionally stronger when in one another’s company.”

My Opinion:  I nearly gave up on this story as it seemed to drag during the first half. Many of the concepts and thoughts were repeated several times. I found the story believable as I recalled a time I was stranded in an airport during a snow storm. Women have a remarkable ability to bond with each other, especially during times of crisis.

The second half of the novel was full of action and, for me, the heart of the story. In the second half we finally had some mystery and some thrilling moments. There were several great surprises. I loved the way the novel ended. If you  have a chance to read this book I would suggest skimming the first part of it.

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10 comments to Book Review: Heart On A String

  • Kay

    Margot, I kind of skimmed your post because I’m one of the stops on this tour in early August and I haven’t read it yet. I do usually like women’s friendship books, so I’m hoping it will strike a chord. Thanks for sharing!

  • kaye

    Yow, if I read half of it and it was dragging, I probably wouldn’t have continued. A book has to grab me at the beginning. An exciting book can lag a little in the middle as long as it picks up after that, but slow starters don’t sit well with me. Kudos to you for plodding on and finishing. I’m glad you liked the second half.

  • Wow, your first paragraph summarizing the plot sounded so good that I was surprised it turned out to be a drag – at least in the first half. Great premise though!

  • I do think women are remarkable in their ability to bond and to take action. I’ll probably skip this book, though, since the first half drags.

  • The concept is interesting. I’m glad that the book recovered for a great ending.

  • I have been in similar situations and it’s true — you can bond in such situations.

  • Thanks for sticking it out, Margot! It sounds like the book redeemed itself in the second half. I’ve been in situations like that (stuck in a storm) and it’s amazing how people really do bond under those kinds of conditions.

    Thanks again for being on the tour!

  • I thought this one sounded like fun. I just finished a book where I’m going to recommend skimming the middle too!!!!!!!! I’m glad that the second part made the read worth it!

  • Do you find it distracting to read a book where a character shares your name? That always messes things up for me – especially if I dislike the character’s actions or personalities. I’m forever saying as I read – well I would never do anything like that!!!

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