St. Claire mines the rich field of e-romance in this entertaining story of three women trying to find real love
on a computer screen. Amber, Stevie and Julie each dip their toes into the world of online relationships with varying degrees of success, while trying to juggle their professional commitments and personal woes.
Told entirely through e-mails and instant messages (IMs) written by the characters, each one is developed clearly and without the usual descriptors. The IM conversations replace dialogue, and descriptive passages are naturally limited. Still, once the reader gets used to the book's unusual formatting, it's easy to tell who's writing by her individual styles and quirks.
Plotwise, there's nothing unusual here: Amber faces a health crisis, Stevie's marriage is on the verge of breaking up and Julie re-enters the workforce and dating scene with trepidation after an unsatisfying marriage. But the characters come alive through their writing, and their problems are ones women of all ages will be able to relate to. (Dec., 320 pp., $13.00)