The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart

November 10, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): An absorbing romance set in the early days of World War I. Against great odds and opposition, 20-year-old Sara Lee Kennedy leaves her small town and stolid fiance to run a soup kitchen for soldiers on the Belgian front. Her experience — and a gallant Belgian captain — change her worldview.

Warning: Spoilers below!

Liked:

  • Sara Lee was a wonderful protagonist. I was on her side from beginning to end, and I admired her courage and determination in the face of all those hardships. I also liked how she stood up to her fiance Harvey and insisted on going abroad before getting married, regardless of what his feelings were.
  • I liked the Sara Lee/Henri love story. It developed organically, it was believable, and of course it was rather subdued by today’s standards. I was totally rooting for them to get together, and was glad that Rinehart made it fairly clear the Harvey relationship would never pan out.
  • I thought there was just enough of the war in the book to keep things interesting without completely overwhelming the plot. Sara Lee’s house of healing was terrific, and Henri’s exploits added a dash of mystery to everything.

Disliked:

  • The only thing I disliked about this book was that there wasn’t anything too terribly memorable about it. It was a decent story, with interesting characters and good pacing. But that’s about it. There were no twists and turns, no big surprises, nothing that will make it stand out to me a month from now.

Rating:

I liked The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart well enough. It’s a quick, engrossing little read that provided some decent entertainment for a few days. But there’s really nothing in it that would compel me to give it more than 3 stars out of 5, so that’s the final rating.

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