Jill Greenfield’s one true love died without warning, and now she’s left to deal with the heartbreak and the financial jumble he left behind. With the help of her lifelong friends, Lanie and Stella, Jill tries to move on and deal with the mountains of paperwork. Throughout the papers, she finds her husband’s secrets and realizes she has more than she’s bargained for. Eventually, she meets someone new and has another chance at love and must learn to leave the past at rest.
This is a Nicholas Sparks-type book if I’ve ever seen one. I can’t say I’m in love with Sparks’ books, but I did enjoy Safe and Sound.
The first person perspective is the perfect style for the plot, because the reader feels the pain Jill goes through when her husband dies. We empathize with her, even if we don’t understand all her actions, we know what’s driving her grief. The writing style fits the plot very well.
Also, everything flowed, which is important in novels. It takes place in a span of a year, and if the transitions were choppy and hard to follow, the reader would be completely lost. In my opinion, transitions are the hardest things to master in creating an interesting and understandable plot, but Krupa breezed through them.
The characters are not unrealistic archetypes. Instead, Krupa gives them all different sides and dimension, which in turn makes the whole book more real. Each person has his or her own flaws and traits. The voices of the characters don’t blend together, and everyone has a distinct personality. Krupa actually creates a whole society. She doesn’t just focus on the main character’s conflict; she adds in snippets about her friends’ lives and other happenings in the world.
The dialogue of the book is corny at times, though. Parts of conversations had me rolling my eyes. For the most part, the talking seemed natural, but some of the longer paragraphs of dialogue is cheesy. But, then again, when the love of your life dies, it’s hard not to be sentimental which inevitably turns into corniness.
There isn’t a lot of description and overuse of adjectives. I found this both good and bad. Good, because it made the book lighter and easier to read. Instead of being sappy and poetic, the small descriptions let the reader focus more on characters and plot. On the other hand, it made the book a bit low level. Without the lengthy descriptions, the book went by quickly and wasn’t… quotable. But that isn’t that important for a light beach read, which the type of book Safe and Sound is.
I loved the characters, plot, and writing style. I don’t think this book would make it as great literature, but as a quick beachy read, it’s perfect. It’s a good middle in between Nicholas Spark’s dense novels and Sarah Dessen’s fast reads. Any romantic reader will swoon at Safe and Sound.