Review: Something Blue

Something Blue
by Emily Giffin
reviewed by Kelly Smith

Darcy is pregnant with Marcus’ baby and although she can’t get over the betrayal by Rachel and Dex, she forges ahead with plans to marry Marcus who has, somewhat reluctantly, stepped up to the plate. But Marcus is no Dex and even Darcy can’t change who he is. Though Darcy seems to know that in her heart that Marcus is not the one for her, it shocks her when he tells her that he doesn’t want to marry her and that he doesn’t want to be a father. Truly on her own (her mother having written her off for the audacity of getting pregnant), Darcy makes the decision to move to London and stay with Ethan, a mutual friend of her and Rachel’s from elementary school. Ethan moved to London years ago and is a writer who treasures his quiet, author-ley existence. Even though he knows how Darcy can be, Ethan says she can stay with him and her arrival in London does indeed shakes things up a bit for him, especially when Darcy gets the surprise of her life on a trip to the doctor.

Turns out moving to London was the best thing Darcy could do as she slowly begins to realize that money and designer clothes aren’t everything but that maybe, just maybe, a too small flat in London, an author and babies are.

I really like when an author carries over characters into subsequent books and Emily Griffin hits a home run with Something Borrowed and Something Blue. I did find the plot line to be slightly formulaic but Ms. Griffin’s writing and character development make up for it. I found myself cheering for all the characters, from Rachel (who agonized over choosing love over friendship), to Dex (who was clearly not right for Darcy) to Marcus (who knew he didn’t want to be with Darcy and was man enough to admit it) and to Darcy herself, who, even though she’s portrayed as pretty self-centered in Something Borrowed, becomes really human and likable in Something Blue. I’m looking forward to reading more of Ms. Griffin.

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