Adrienne, sometimes we have people jumping in and out over a longer period of time but yesterday there were just a couple of us who all showed up at once. I am not sure how the new forum approach (we used to meet on Facebook) will alter participation. Next time I will try keeping the conversation open longer.
I agree about some of the descriptions being very good. There were a few places where I stopped to re-read because I liked a turn of phrase or an image. But the good was overshadowed by the clunkiness. I suspect she has the ability to write a much better story but am afraid that the success of this one will make it hard for her to recognize the need to improve craft. I have no inclination to pick up any other novel she happens to write.