Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher

Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher

 

35164060Publisher: Michael Joseph

Publishing Date: 16th November 2017

Source:  Received from publisher in return for an honest review, thank you!

Number of pages: 389

Genre:  Women’s Fiction, Literature/Fiction (Adult)

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Synopsis:

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since their first day at university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged. A romantic escape to Dubai is the perfect moment, but instead of the proposal Lizzy hopes for, Ian reveals he’s not sure he even wants her anymore.

Lizzy is heartbroken. But through the tears, she realises this is her chance to seize the opportunities she missed as Ian’s other half. But what does she want? How much of her is really Lizzy, and how much was Ian’s influence? Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and in the meantime, have a little fun . . .

Rating: three-stars

 

In “Some Kind of Wonderful” we meet Lizzie, who’s been with Ian for ages – that is, since Uni, and the only thing that she misses is proposal and a wedding. On a trip to Dubai Lizzie is convinced that Ian is finally going to propose – however, as the popular saying goes, tell God about your plans and he will laugh, and indeed, the opposite happens and, devastated, she flies back home as a single woman. She needs now to come to terms with this totally new situation, to lick her wounds and to find herself afresh.

What I liked in the story was the fact that it was not about desperately finding a man and feeling complete with him at your side but about a journey from being a part of a couple for as long as Lizzie remembers to discovering what it is she really loves in her life. Perhaps the delivery was the problem here, as the story didn’t really keep my attention, and Lizzie herself was not so easy to immediately like – for me at least. I understand you can’t pick yourself up just like that, recover and just go on after such an unexpected break – up, that you need time to bounce back but Lizzie was mostly acting like a child and not an adult. However yes, as the book progresses, Lizzie became much more likeable and endearing woman and in the end she started to feel like a friend to me.
I also had problems with the other characters, and especially Lizzie’s sister Michelle – I know all about the sibling’s rivalry and so on but there is rivalry and there is a spite and such a love – hate relationships between siblings just don’t work for me in books, I’m sorry. However, I did like the ending for example, maybe usually I’m not a great fan of open endings but this time it worked really well and I’d love to hear what options did Lizzie choose for herself.

This book was written with a light humour and it was easy to read and light – hearted. It was comfortable and cosy, and you don’t always need great dramas in the books. However, as much as I like Giovanna’s lovely and gentle writing style, there was just too much of unnecessary details and not enough concentrating on the main plot points. But it was a book, that ticks all the boxes for a nice, lighter read, with enough substance and a lot of potential.

Altogether, it was an easy and relaxing read that – unfortunately – won’t stay with me for longer. It was not complicated and the pace was slow – the first half of the book was about Lizzie trying to come to terms with what happened and the second half was about Lizzie trying to redefine herself, to find herself anew and outside of a relationship. You read the book, and read it, waiting for something special to happen, and before you realize that there is nothing special, you’ve already finished the story. Giovanna’s other novel “you’re the One that I Want” stays absolutely my favourite book by her, it just seems to me that there is something holding her back from writing another such lovely book, but I am sure that fans of this author are going to adore “Some Kind of Wonderful”.

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The Place We Met by Isabelle Broom

The Place We Met by Isabelle Broom

 

34890012Publisher: Michael Joseph

Publishing Date: 30th November 2017

Source:  Received from publisher in return for an honest review, thank you!

Number of pages: 406

Genre:  Women’s Fiction, Romance

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Synopsis:

Lake Como, Italy, New Year’s Eve. The perfect place to fall in love? Or the perfect place for everything to fall apart?

‘Utterly romantic’ Adele Parks, bestselling author of The Image of You

Lucy may have suffered her fair share of bad men, but now she has Pete. Finally, a man worth sharing her favourite place with, Lake Como. That’s if she can put mysterious phone calls and glamorous ex-girlfriends out of her mind.

Taggie is rushed off her feet, but distraction is exactly what she needs to forget why she fled England and the sadness she left behind. She certainly doesn’t have time for infuriating stranger Marco. A man is the last thing she needs right now.

Lucy and Taggie might not know it, but their lives are about to collide. The New Year might begin with fireworks – but how will it end?

Rating: four-stars

In Isabelle Broom’s newest release “The Place We Met” we are introduced to two main characters. Taggie works as a tour guide in Lake Como after escaping London and a heart – break. Lucy loved Lake Como as a child and decides to take her new boyfriend Pete there for Christmas and New Year. The two, at first sight, different women that don’t know each other do share something in common and they don’t know that their lives are going to change soon.

I, of course, loved the setting of Lake Como at around Christmas and New Year, the author is already known for gorgeous places she’s choosing for her stories but I think she could work on creating her characters better, more developed, more interesting – settling for the characters took me a little longer – probably because it took long for the two different characters and two different stories told alternatively to eventually overlap and find something in common.

But again, Isabelle Broom is perfect when it comes to the settings and describing the places, with all the gorgeous little details, places known only to the insiders, things to discover, but when it comes to action the books start to slow down and feel flat – with the exception of Isabelle’s debut novel, “My Map of You”, which I incredibly loved and which stays currently my favourite book by this author. “The Place we Met” felt mostly very slow, concentrating hard on the setting and bringing the beauty of Lake Como at Christmas to life – which, BTW, the author has effortlessly brought to life – but it lacked on pace and more complex plot. I also had some problems with the plot being build up to something much bigger and shocking than what Taggie’s secret turned out to be. However, there was much warmth to the story and in the end I found myself surprised how much I enjoyed reading the book, and it left me with a smile on my lips.

Altogether, it was a bitter – sweet story about finding peace with your past, about love and hope, and I think it is Isabelle’s second – best, after “My Map of You” of course. The writing here is lovely, full of emotions, evocative. The plot is tad predictable and I would love it to be more complex and more mature but I am sure that soon I’m going to get it from this author. In the meantime I can only heartily recommend this book to you all, guys.

The Break by Marian Keyes

The Break by Marian Keyes

 

34511798Publisher: Michael Joseph

Publishing Date: 7th September 2017

Source:  Purchased

Number of pages: 576

Genre:  Literature/Fiction (Adult)

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Synopsis:

Amy’s husband Hugh isn’t really leaving her.

At least, that’s what he promises. He is just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. For six-months Hugh will lose himself in south-east Asia, and there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.

Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet . . .

It’s been a long time since Amy held a briefcase in one hand and a baby in the other. She never believed she’d have to go it alone again. She just has to hold the family together until Hugh comes back.

But a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman?

Because falling in love is easy. The hard part – the painful, joyous, maddening, beautiful part – is staying in love.

Rating: five-stars

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Hello? One of the hugest Marian Keyes’s fans speaking: yours truly. For years she’s been probably my favourite author ever. I wasn’t lucky enough to receive an ARC of Marian’s new book “The Break” and being declined to read this title on NetGalley has broken my heart in thousands little pieces, but no worries guys, I’m a tough cookie and already had the book on pre – order.
I have no idea how this author does it but when you read her books you feel like a part of the story, like a part of the characters’ lives. Her stories, also “The Break” as well, are heart – breakingly sad and funny at the same time, they are down to earth, realistic, incredibly wise, brutally honest and so cleverly funny. I’ve never had a problem to fell in love with her characters and to keep everything crossed for them.

We are introduced to tons of characters in this story. Tons, guys! But fear not, you are to quickly learn who is who and why and to whom they belong. First of all, Amy’s family is huge, very huge, and all of her siblings has their own spouses and children. Then we have her friends, private and from work, then we have her children and their friends and boyfriends, and Hugh’s family… And believe me, I loved all of them! I adored Amy from the very beginning and wanted to hug her so much and tell her that everything is going to be ok (hopefully). She goes to her own limits, trying to cope as a suddenly single parent, juggling work, life, family and thousands of problems that start to pile on. Even though she’s devastated, she still picks herself up and goes on. However, she was not alone on this journey, there were her sisters, her family, especially her mother and her feisty daughters who kept her upright and supported her in their own ways – sometimes it was not what Amy needed right now but nevertheless it was wise and honest and they all wanted the best for her. Amy’s personality was so uncomplicated, she was happy with all things she got from life (well, of course except with her husband going on sabbatical, that is), she was so true to life, confident and insecure, with a great sense of humour, honest and true to her words and a huge ability to enjoy the world. Hugh was so selfish but I also couldn’t help but fell for him as well, and there was such an overwhelming feeling of grief and sadness in him, and the author so well nailed all of those feelings and emotions that made him tick.

The pacing in this story was great – it was a rather long book but there was never a dull moment and before you know it, you’re deep into it. The flashbacks gave us a chance to get to know more about Amy and Hugh’s relationship and what made them tick so great. The houseful of females provides great entertainment, brings thousands of shenanigans, and the normal, everyday problems that all of us has to deal with and I absolutely loved it!

Marian Keyes’s style is inimitable and there is Marian Keyes and then for a long, long time nothing else. She’s written “The Break” in her usual light, witty and insightful style and even when she writes about deeper and often taboo topics it’s forthcoming and not judging. She’s one of the few that can write about abortion, depression, suicide without offending anyone and getting the balance between sad and funny brilliantly.

“The Break” was full of dramas, small and huge, and brilliantly captured family bonds. It touches on some more serious and some lighter issues. It is first of all about love, but also about death and grief, health issues, patchwork families and how they work, betrayal, temptations and also your everyday troubles and issues. It’s about overcoming those troubles and staying strong. It’s about choices. It was compelling, emotional, complex and so wise! A book with unforgettable characters that’s going to stay with you for a long time after you’ve finished reading it, with plenty of emotional but also plenty of this incredible Irish charm and humour. Highly, highly recommended!

An Almost Perfect Christmas by Nina Stibbe

An Almost Perfect Christmas by Nina Stibbe

 

35824143Publisher: Viking

Publishing Date: 2nd November 2017

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review, thank you!

Number of pages: 163

Genre:  Humour, Nonfiction

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Synopsis:

“My mother is not a foodie. But for as long as I can remember, once a year, she becomes possessed of a profound and desperate need to serve up a perfect roast turkey. Faced with a walk into the village though, she might think ‘oh, f*** it’ and decide to get a frozen one from Bejams on the 23rd and leave it to defrost in the downstairs toilet for not quite 48 hours.”

From perennially dry turkeys to Christmas pudding fires, from the round robin code of conduct to the risks and rewards of re-gifting, An Almost Perfect Christmas is an ode to the joy and insanity of the most wonderful time of the year.

 
Rating: five-stars

 

I adore Nina Stibbe’s books, and as soon as I spotted “An Almost Perfect Christmas” on NetGalley, I immediately downloaded it (ah, the benefits of being pre – approved, I love it!) and started reading it. Of course I didn’t bother to read the synopsis – well, duh, it IS Nina Stibbe, right, so there is no need for it, because no matter what she writes about it is exceptionally brilliant, but this time I was surprised, as this book is not a story but actually it’s full of short and very funny essays on Christmas. And oh my word, guys, I loved them!

I love the way Nina Stibbe views Christmas, good – naturedly, and what an relief it was to see that I am not the only one non – perfect organizer of Christmas. The essays are short, funny and sharp, family based which only made them so much more relatable, and I found myself nodding more than once – they bring a smile or smirk of recognition. Nina Stibbe’s writing style is so light – hearted in this book, it is so easy to follow and even the most boring things she skilfully turns into funny events with a great dose of sarcasm and not treating herself too seriously.

I’ve read this book within two days and I wanted it to go on and on. I love Nina Stibbe’s sense of humour and her views on different things and really close to my heart, and this little book has fulfilled all of my expectations. It was laugh – out – loud funny, it was full of embarrassing moments, just what the doctor ordered. It was wry, down – to – earth and it rang a bell more than once, and it was great that the author was so open about her own life. If you feel yourself overwhelmed with Christmas preparations, just take this book, read one story and you’re going to feel much better, I can guarantee! “An Almost Perfect Christmas” – highly recommended!

 

 

Jenny Sparrow Knows the Future by Melissa Pimentel / #BlogTour

Guys! I am so, so thrilled to be kicking off blog tour for Melissa Pimentel’s new release, “Jenny Sparrow Knows the Future”, and on the publication day! Ms Pimentel is a new author to me but I can assure you that after reading Jenny Sparrow I will be looking for her previous novels and looking toward the new releases. I had a good feeling about this book from the very beginning – starting with the title, through the gorgeous cover and ending with the plot – and my gut feeling was again right – it was a great read! A brilliant read! I have a new favourite character – Jenny 🙂

Jenny Sparrow Knows the Future by Melissa Pimentel

34204297Publisher: Penguin

Publishing Date: 27th July 2017

Source:  Received from the publisher in return for an honest review!

Number of pages: 368

Genre:   Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

Everything is going to plan – until she marries the wrong man . . .

‘Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella . . . the feel-good book of the summer’ Cathy Kelly, Number One bestselling author

Jenny Sparrow can tell you her future:

1. Meet soulmate at 25
2. Move in with him
3. Marry him this year . . .

According to the plan Jenny made at thirteen, it’s time for her to get married. But when her boyfriend proposes a break instead of a wedding, a girls’ weekend in Vegas is the only solution . . . until she wakes up in a stranger’s bed, and discovers that this is the year she gets married – to the wrong man.

Jenny wants a quick divorce and her old boyfriend back.

But what if her accidental husband has other ideas?

Rating: five-stars

“Jenny Sparrow Knows the Future” is my first book by Melissa Pimentel, however this is this kind of book that you know, from the very beginning, deep inside, that you want to read. Firstly, this title is just brilliant, it’s so eye – catching and promising tons of adventures. Secondly, the synopsis – after reading the synopsis (when I’ve eventually stopped looking at the gorgeous cover and gushing over the brilliant title and got to read the synopsis) I was dead sure this book is going to be a cracker – I love people making plans, maybe because I am the one who can’t stick to a plan, as well as to to – do lists.

So, was it a cracker?

Hell, it was!

Jenny Sparrow wants to live her life according to a list that she created when she was 13 years old. You may not believe it, but she still has the list – the original one! – and it’s laminated. So, according to her list it’s time to get married now, and it looks really good but then Jenny’s boyfriend Chrstopher, instead of popping the question kneeled down only to do his laces. So Jenny, instead of planning a wedding, goes to Las Vegas with her best friend. As we all already know, going to Las Vegas isn’t often the best idea, because what happens in Las Vegas… you know the idea. Anything can happen there – you can lost all your money, or maybe incidentally get married…? To a total stranger…?

This whole story was actually one huge self – discovery lesson for our Jenny, and also for us. What happens when things don’t go according to what we plan or what we want? The author shows us that it’s ok, that life goes on! However, for our Jenny it was a shock to come out of her comfort zones, to deal with all the sudden changes, with all the surprises and with Jackson. I loved the way she dealt with those things – it was written in incredibly realistic way and when Jenny was scared, then she was scared, she didn’t try to hide it, and when she was unsure she also told it as it was. She was a very likeable character, our Jenny, sometimes too whingey, sometimes too chicken – hearted, sometimes too of a pushover, but oh my god, guys, nobody’s perfect, right, and she just felt so true and honest, and I just kept everything crossed for her.

This story is brilliantly observed and it is sharp about our reality. It shows the daily grind and battles but it also balances it with some grand gestures, and I really enjoyed this mix – it made impossible believable. The writing style was so light and modern, and the author truly knows her way with the words.
So altogether, “Jenny Sparrow Knows the Future” was a light – hearted, cheeky read with a lovely heroine and some troubles in paradise, yet it also dealt with some more serious issues but still, in a very light way. Showing it doesn’t matter if you stick to your plan or not, and that you can’t force love – it’s going to find you in the most unexpected moment, come and hit you hard. Honestly, I have maybe expected there to be more humour, and there were moments that the story dragged on a little bit, but still it was a great read to relax with and just have fun. I am already looking toward more from Melissa Pimentel and in the meantime – guys, go and grab “Jenny Sparrows” – it’s great read!

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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old / #BlogTour

Hello, hello, and happy Saunday! A new day, a new blog tour, a very special one – for a book that I wanted to read for ages and now had finally a chance to read it. And it was worth to wait so long, as it trully was a real gem, uplifting, poignant and with a great dose of a special, dry humour – ladies and gentlemen, I am thrilled to welcome Hendrik Groen to my blog 🙂

 

 

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old

33635605Publisher: Penguin

Publishing Date: 13th July 2017

Source:  Received from the publisher in return for an honest review!

Number of pages: 4oo

Genre:  Literature/Fiction (Adult), Biographical Fiction

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Synopsis:

** THE INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON **

‘There are many laughs in this book but it’s so much more than just a comedy. It’s a story about how friendship, selflessness and dignity lie at the heart of the human experience. When I’m an old man, I want to be Hendrik Groen’ John Boyne, author of international bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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‘Another year and I still don’t like old people. Me? I am 83 years old.’

Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn’t planning to be buried any time soon. Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing and he had to visit his doctor more than he’d like. Technically speaking he is … elderly. But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums?

Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs – not least his new endeavour the anarchic Old-But-Not Dead Club. And when Eefje moves in – the woman Hendrik has always longed for – he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what’s left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and devastating consequences.

The indomitable Hendrik Groen – Holland’s unlikeliest hero – has become a cultural phenomenon in his native Netherlands and now he and his famously anonymous creator are conquering the globe. A major Dutch bestseller, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen will not only delight older readers with its wit and relevance, but will charm and inspire those who have years to go before their own expiry date.

Rating: four-stars

I love books written in a diary form. My absolute winners are of course Bridget Jones and Adrian Mole – they are THE ULTIMATE books that I always turn to when I am in a need of a little TLC. And while I can’t say that both Bridget and Adrian should move over because Hendrik comes, Mr. Groen has officially earned a place of honour on my bookshelf – this was hilarious, poignant read and boy, am I happy that the book has found me! Hendrik Groen doesn’t like old people, their zimmer frames, their smell, their complaints and cracking bodies. How old is Hendrik Groen, I can hear you ask? Well, that’s the point – he’s 83 years old and lives in a residential care home in the Netherlands – brilliant, no?

I admit, I had some problems with getting into this book. It takes a lot of time before it really starts to feel like a book, and the great number of characters doesn’t help here so much. Also, It took me a little longer as expected to read this book – I liked the writing style but the language used was not too easy – it was rather on the mature, very rich and eloquent side and I needed to concentrate harder. But it didn’t spoil the reading for me, not at all, and in fact I really liked this intelligent look at Hendrik’s life. And so, when the initial problems were over, I have totally fell in love with the story and the “inmates”, as Hendrik calls the residents of the house. Hendrik and his friends are old but there is still tons of life and spirit in them. They regularly poison fish, there are pet disasters and generally they get into all sorts of trouble, just to pass their days. Hendrik is really my hero and his life attitude is brilliant and if being old means having so much zest for life than I shouldn’t fear. There is wisdom in him and he may be grumpy and mischievous but there is a lot of warmth in him, he is caring and thoughtful. His diary shows us, without beating around the bush, what life really is in care homes – all the regulations, bans, rules. Hendrik and his closest friends are members of The Old but Not Dead Club where they plan their days out and basically to have a good time. Among the friends are Eefje, who has recently moved into the house, in the room “vacated” by Mrs De Gans and who becomes Hendrik’s friend. There is Evert, who lives around the corner with his dog Mo, Edward or Grietje, and they may be sick, or may problems but they are a lovely bunch who support each other through declining health and other difficulties.

“The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old” story mixes tons of cynical humour, present problems and troubles of getting older and its consequences. Written with a lot of heart and feeling, showing that no matter what, there is still something to experience. This book is funny and poignant at the same time. It shows things as they are and it makes you appreciate your life. It’s moving and uplifting but also thought provoking and it gives a great insight into the lives of older people, and that truly tagged at the heart strings – there is really so much understanding in the writing. Inspiring und uplifting. Highly recommended!

 

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Then. Now. Always by Isabelle Broom

Then. Now. Always by Isabella Broom


33842324Publisher: Penguin

Publishing Date: 20th April 2017

Source:  Received from the publisher in return for an honest review!

Number of pages: 416

Genre:  Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adults)

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Synopsis:

Hannah can’t believe it when she’s offered a trip to sunny Spain with her best friend and dreamy boss . . . what’s the catch?

Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and crush). If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameramen) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way…

Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah’s half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?

For once in her life, can’t Hannah just have one perfect summer, free of any drama?

Rating: three-stars


Oh my, mea culpa, it took me over two months to sit down and write this review. I think I know why it took me so long – “Then. Now. Always” by Isabelle Broom is getting raving reviews, and really guys, I started reading this book with so many expectations but quickly found myself almost in desperation wondering if I am reading the same book as other people, singing prizes. Don’t get me wrong – I adore Isabelle Broom, and her debut novel was absolutely brilliant, but I just couldn’t get this newest release, and it made me so sad, as I had so much hope and wanted to love this story so much. But – Isabelle Broom is the ultimate person to turn to when you need to get into holiday mode – she sets her books in the most gorgeous settings and she brings them easily and effortlessly to life. “Then. Now. Always” is set in Spain, in a beautiful, gorgeous town, full of sunshine, adventures and secret places.

So guys, between you and me, there was one thing that almost made the book totally kaput for me. And it was the main character – it is really hard to love a book when the main hero is driving you crazy. Hannah was at the beginning, and through almost the whole story, a pathetic, feeling sorry for herself person who didn’t know what she really want. She was unhappy with everything and everybody surrounding her. I admit, it was a risky move from the author to make her character fall in love with her boss but I am sure it was a very conscious move. We know about this crush immediately, so I tried to be patient with Hannah but there came a moment when I couldn’t stand wondering what Theo would say or if he’s thinking about her at the same moment she’s thinking about him, anymore. I liked how this played out however, it was not too cheesy, too fairy – tailish.
Then I couldn’t grasp how come people stick with Hannah for so long, with her being so needy and whinge-y and stubborn. She didn’t want to hear what other people have to say, and the way she was around Tom… well, she just him took for granted, the same as so many other things in her life. The bickering with her half – sister Nancy was annoying and her saying one thing and then doing the other as well. Hannah wanted to spend one summer without any dramas but let’s be honest, wasn’t she the one who has created all the problems? I just couldn’t get past the fact that the characters were supposed to be adults but behaved like children.

What saved the book for me was the ending. It was not obvious and it was not predictable and I really liked how it turned out. It was different to all the endings. I actually think that if it weren’t the weak characters, the book would be perfect. But OK, let’s stop with moaning and focus on the good things. It was a great story offering a huge piece of escapism. The events in this book were likeable and there were tricky situations aplenty to make this plot as twisty as the Spanish roads. The author so flawlessly handles the complex story that it was a real pleasure to read. I also appreciate the fact that Isabelle Broom tried to make out of a supposedly lightweight novel a much more emotional and complicated story. Right at the beginning we have this being in love with your own boss situation, which I could feel in my bones is going to end in tears, then she adds a bit of half – sibling rivalry, and while Hannah’s sister Nancy was very one – dimensional and predictable, and Hannah’s reactions were, in my opinion, much too exaggerated, and the two girls behaved like spoiled, immature teenagers, showing their shallow sides behaving in a really awkward way, this element added some depth and was well captured.

Altogether, this book gives you what you can expect: gorgeous setting of Mojocar, twists and turns, adventures and unconventional romance. It is quick – paced and there is enough of drama to keep you on your tenterhooks. There is this added bonus of Mojocar’s history and traditions, myths and legends that I enjoyed very much. A story about building bridges and forgiving and I am really sorry it didn’t work for me – I really, truly wanted it to work! However, I am already looking towards Isabelle’s next book, I’m sure it’s going to be (another) cracker!