Thursday, September 26, 2013

Imperfect Pairings by Jackie Townsend

Publisher: Ripetta Press
Pages: 414
Format: book
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Goodreads:  Can love cross borders? In "Imperfect Pairings" a woman’s love for an Italian leaves her confronting this question. He’s Jack in America, but he’s Giovanni in Italy; understanding him means understanding his culture, his language. It means losing the foundations of her identity to become entangled in the deep-rooted vines of his family’s troubled past when she’d vowed to remain disentangled. Her career and autonomy had always come first, and she fell in love thinking she could control it, not give in to it. Is she losing herself? Or is she finally giving in to the woman she’d been all along. 


Kritters Thoughts:  Jamie is dating a man who she knows as an American named Jack, but out of the blue he becomes Giovanni from Italy and their relationship changes.  With a few trips to Italy, this couple has to figure out how to make their marriage work with two different cultures colliding.    

There were a whole host of characters and it was absolutely hard to keep it all together and I kept getting Jack and Giovanni mixed up and thinking about them as two separate people.  Because of this I had a hard time getting into it and felt lost and confused at times.    

The aspect that kept me turning pages was the international relationship.  The hurdles that their relationship had to overcome beyond the language barrier between Jamie and her in-laws was more than interesting to read.  I enjoyed when she spoke about how she was learning about herself through seeing the world through a different culture's viewpoint.

A book that had some slow spots, but if you are a fan of international relationships, this book would be perfect to pick up.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Smith Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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