I was shouting with Joy that Sergio was my book boyfriend. I took my kindle to shopping centres, cafes, bed…everywhere. I did not know anything about Sergio so I wasn’t aware that he was known by readers from other stories.
The end took me by surprise. I felt like someone punched me in the guts. I froze and felt a total and utter shock to the point that I couldn’t sleep and all I could think about was the end.
I walked around numbed for the next two days and then went to Mass with my husband like I always do. I forgot that Sergio was a fictional character so I even added him into my prayers. When I remembered he was nothing but a fictional male, I comforted myself that it was OK to pray for him because Natasha made him real so I choose to pray for him. As you can see I lived and breathed the story. I believed everything I read at each page. …to me this story is the ultimate Fiction showing. I cried so much…I ended up looking like a tree frog with big swollen red eyes.
This story is sad, heart warming and then becomes heart wrenching to the point my heart literally ached. Sergio’s story had to be told and we all had to stand by sweet Natalie…this is what I got out of this tale that sometimes we bond so deeply with fictional characters that we end up grieving as much as they do and we feel kinship with her and want to keep reading to stand by her as a friend.