I don’t often read romance, but this author has somehow slipped into my regular reads over the past couple of years. She can be relied on to leave me with a warm, fuzzy feeling – and sometimes that’s just what I need.
And yes, they can be a little cheesey in places, but you just need to embrace it – and the author does that really well herself with this latest offering. It’s a modern, fresh take on the classic rom-com tropes, which isn’t afraid to make fun of itself just a little.
I don’t often read romance novels, but this latest offering from British fantasy author Sarah Lotz is something a little unique. And I adored it! Authentic, down-to-earth characters, British humour and a unique sci-fi fantasy twist which really makes this love story impossible…
Bee is a fashion designer running her own business upcycling wedding dresses from her London apartment. Nick is a failed writer living in a struggling marriage with his loyal dog Rosie in Leeds. The two never would have met if it wasn’t for an email error, but when Nick accidently sends Bee an email meant for his client, sparks fly.
This is only the second TJR book I’ve read after her smash hit Daisy Jones and The Six (which I loved). But, this novel does have a very different vibe. In Malibu Rising, Reid weaves a multi-generational family saga. It’s a genre I don’t usually opt for but in the hands of this capable author, set against the glamorous backdrop of Malibu spanning from the 1950s – 1980s, it really, really works.
Benny is man who has always tried to make his own way in life. Despite his family’s mob connections, he’s forged a new path as a musician and songwriter in 1960s New York. He’s quite content with his lot, making a profit keeping behind the scenes, never letting anyone close and even keeping his own family at a distance. Until, his Pop takes him to a club to hear Esther Mine sing, and everything begins to unravel.
Suddenly he finds himself letting someone close for the first time, agreeing to manage Esther and her family’s band and falling for a woman of a different race with a complicated background, one that’s intertwined with his own family history. He even takes centre stage alongside Esther, as their natural bickering and chemistry makes for great watching and even better songwriting.
I received The Book Of Two Ways in exchange for an honest review
I will generally read anything Jodi Picoult writes, so I quickly snapped up her latest release despite seeing some mixed reviews. Her books can be hit and miss, but they’ll always be eye-opening and though-provoking. This one, I struggled with more than most, but it still has a lot to offer.
I received The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue in exchange for an honest review
For some reason this book took me a very long time to get through, but don’t let that fool you into thinking I didn’t like it. It might be partly due to my circumstances changing – I finally started a new job after being made redundant due to the pandemic – but mainly I think it’s because this is a book I wanted to savour. No snatching the odd few pages on my commute or lunch break, this book deserves your full attention – I wanted to sit down in front of the fire with my hot chocolate, sink into the author’s writing and escape into Addie’s incredible world. It may be too soon to say, but I think this book has jumped right into my all-time favourites. I apologise in advance for the extra long review and abundance of quotes – always a sign I loved the book.
This book took hold of me in a strange way. As I followed Connell and Marianne on their journey through adolescence, I was at points touched and at others depressed and disturbed. At the end I was left a little unsure about how I felt about it all, but this book had made me feel so much I couldn’t give it any less than five stars. It’s not like I particularly relate to the key protagonists in the story – although the way Rooney tells the story I’m sure everyone will find something to relate to here – but they just felt so incredibly real. Messy, flawed, complicated and sometimes broken but always authentic. Continue reading
PS. I Love You was a firm favourite of mine back when it released; it triggered a love for Ahern’s heartwarming stories which lasted years and I continued my way through most of her collection. This author just knows how to pull at the heartstrings, but PS. I Love You in particular won a special place in my heart. So when I saw she was releasing a sequel 15 years after the original novel I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. So much so, I actually own two copies now – I bought the shiny new hardback while waiting to hear back from the publisher, then I got approved for a galley copy on my Kindle too.
Fifteen years is a long time to follow up with a sequel; I first read PS. I love you when I was a teenager in the height of my chick-lit loving phase; the author was younger, our protagonist Holly Kennedy was younger. We’ve all grown up and this book has grown up too – there’s definitely a more mature feeling to this instalment in Holly’s journey; she’s now in her late thirties, her flighty friends and family have all settled down, and in many ways she’s moved on from Gerry. Continue reading
I received The Rosie Result in exchange for an honest review
This final instalment was the perfect rounding off to what’s been a thoroughly enjoyable, heartwarming series. We’ve followed Don from a geeky, relatively isolated 40-year-old virgin professor to an established family man and entrepreneur with a close, supportive network of friends around him. This final instalment also delves a little deeper into the topic of autism, a theme which has lingered in the background of all the novels and is finally tackled head-on.
The Rosie Result begins ten years after the last instalment, The Rosie Effect. Rosie and Don are back in Australia and their son, Hudson, is having problems at school, forcing Don to think back to his own adolescent years. Continue reading
It’s rare I read romance these days, but this one had been compared to one of my all-time favourites – David Nicholls’ One Day – so I picked it up for a change of pace as my Valentine’s read.
It took me a little while to get into – this book is a romance and it is really romantic – it felt cheesy and a little over-the-top to me at times. But it is written well, and short, pacy chapters combined with authentic characters soon had me racing through the story.
The book opens on September 11th; the day the twin towers were hit and two students in New York, Gabe and Lucy, came together and their lives were changed forever. We then follow them through the years – all told from Lucy’s point of view – as the two grow up both together and apart, starting families, building careers and chasing their dreams. Continue reading