To start off, if you haven't done so already, please read my Q&A with Polly Dugan. That will give you a pretty good glimpse into what I thought of the book. The Sweetheart Deal really surprised me. I didn't think it was going to be bad... I didn't think the writing was going to be subpar or the plot unrealistic. I just didn't think this book would be for me. In 2015, I've been attempting to branch out (occasionally) from the darker litfic that I tend to gravitate towards.
I picked this book up after I learned that Garth Stein would be speaking at my alma mater, hosted by my very favorite local indie. Not only did I want to support my home bookstore, but I can't resist hearing an author (any author) speak about his craft. In this case, I was well aware of Stein's work given The Art of Racing in the Rain. That book has been on my TBR long list for yeaaaaaaaars. Me having never picked it up had nothing to do with the quality of the book and m