A Soft Place to Land is a good read – light, but somewhat thoughtful, with a well written motif and sympathetic characters. I thought the author did a particularly good job with settings, describing two different parts of Atlanta, San Francisco, and Berkeley with evocative detail without being overwhelming. I’m always interested in books with southern settings, because my family is from the south but I don’t consider myself a southerner, so I read details to see if other people see things the same way I do, or if I’m just an outsider.
Some of the choices the author made for the characters seemed a bit forced, but overall I thought the characterization was good. The author did a good job of building who the main character became and making that make sense, and the main character and her sister had strong interactions throughout the book.
I was also intrigued by the way the author wove actual historical events into the narrative and made it make sense and even contribute to a strong ending.
If you’re looking for a book that is good but not too demanding, I’d recommend A Soft Place to Land. It would be a great book for a vacation, or to read over the holidays when you might not have a ton of focused time. That’s not to say it’s a lame book, just that it’s the sort of thing you can read to relax. At any rate, I enjoyed it!
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