Mom and I hit all the major department stores and shoe stores in our area. We came up empty. At that point, I couldn't try on another pair of sandals even if I found one. My feet threatened to go on strike if I didn't go home and rest.
Finally, we stumbled upon a pair of sandals that might fill the bill. They were the right size and color, but there was one problem. They were UGLY! Desperation won out, and I bought them.
Well, after a couple of weeks, a strange thing happened. I fell in love with those sandals. My feet danced through the day as if they were encased in fluffy clouds. Every time I slipped into my Ugly Sandals, they took on a beauty I hadn't initially seen.
Books are sometimes like those Ugly Sandals. Maybe the setting, story line, or characters are not to your liking in the first chapter or two. Then something magical occurs. You find the heroine is not as shallow as you originally thought. The story takes a sharp turn that takes your breath away. By the end, you're raving about this book to all your friends and buying everything the author has ever written.
Practice patience, and give that book more than a page to capture your interest. Your ugly book may become your all-time favorite.