What does it say about me that my favorite books are invariable formulaic and predictable? The locations and characters change. The plots are alternately simple or grossly convoluted. The writing is always above average. But in the end, as soon as I start the book (sometimes just by reading the cover), I already know how it will end.
Alison Atlee's The Typewriter Girl is just such a novel. It has the benefits of an interesting set of main characters in Betsey and John and the first roller coaster in England.
It's not a bad book. I liked it enough to choose it for the pick of the week. I guess I just wanted this one to NOT have a happy ending.