The Forgotten, but not really, Room

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Awhile ago, I read ,The Forgotten Room: A Novel, written by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig, and have been meaning to review it ever since.

As you can probably guess from the cover, this novel is a romance novel. There are some things it does very well, and other things it does… not so well.

Let’s start with the pros.

Shit ILiked

The book handled 3 different and accomplished writers in a smart and engaging way. Since these 3 writers have their own, distinctive writing style/voice, which the fans of these individual writers rather enjoy, the collaboration that is this novel consists of having the novel switch between the viewpoints of 3 different women, all different generations of the same family. And if you are thinking that you don’t like novels that switch viewpoints every chapter, that is probably because you have never read one that is done well. The Forgotten Room, on the other hand, IS done well. So you should probably read it.

Sometimes, having multiple perspectives can be a good thing. Like in this novel.

Another pro, which is potentially a reiteration of what I have already written, but bears repeating, is that each writer in this collaboration (Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig) writes well. The words they use, the flow of this story, make it easy to become invested in the story, and makes the reading of this novel a generally pleasant pastime.
[insert pic of man reading, thinking hm this experience is rather pleasant]

Which brings us to the cons. One of the downsides of writing well and drawing the reader into your story is that the reader becomes invested in your story, and notices potentially squeamish material such as potential, though accidental, incest (which is addressed,but only after the reader has been questioning it for awhile), or the fact that your narrative was wrapped up too quickly for some of the characters.

Another problem? This novel relies more than once on the trope of love at first sight. In fact, I would argue that this novel doesn’t so much rely on the trope as attempt to advocate for it.

Love at first sight: when you get marrid at 14, and everybody dies.

One of my personal pet peeves, the love at first sight trope. So if you are a fan of it, keep in mind that you may well derive more enjoyment from this novel than I.

Having said that, I did, in fact, derive quite a bit of enjoyment from reading this novel, and do recommend it, despite some of its problems.

Have you read it? What did you think?


One thought on “The Forgotten, but not really, Room

    This or That: « Bambi Quim said:
    April 27, 2016 at 7:00 am

    […] The Forgotten Room – This book not only has 3 different timelines, it was also written by 3 different, accomplished writers. A bit of romantic fluff, to be honest, but well written and entertaining romantic fluff. I highly recommend if you like romance books. […]


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