Thursday, 30 January 2014

Prada and Prejudice - Katie Oliver

About the book...
He’s a man in possession of a large fortune….but is he in want of a wife?!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Natalie Dashwood loves to shop. After all, as the heiress to the renowned London department store Dashwood & James she’s been wearing designer shoes since she could walk! But a socialite’s life isn’t as perfect as you might imagine… Natalie’s spending is spiralling slightly out of control, her rock star boyfriend is engaged to someone else, and it seems the family business is in financial crisis. 

New high-flying business exec Rhys Gordon has been brought in to save the company from ruin, but what are his motives? And infuriatingly even a shoe-shopping spree can’t take her mind off his distracting and oh-so-charming smile… 

Couture and confetti mix with scandal and intrigue in this wonderful tale of retail, romance and redemption.

About the author...
Katie Oliver loves romantic comedies, characters who "meet cute," Richard Curtis films, and Prosecco (not necessarily in that order). She currently resides in northern Virginia with her husband and three parakeets, in a rambling old house with uneven floors and a dining room that leaks when it rains.

Katie has been writing since she was eight, and has a box crammed with (mostly unfinished) novels to prove it. With her sons grown and gone, she decided to get serious and write more (and hopefully, better) stories. She even finishes most of them.

My thoughts...
Prada and Prejudice.  What a fab title and what a beautiful cover!  I had an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, which I'm more than happy to give.  
The story revolves around Natalie Dashwood, heiress to Dashwood and James a beautiful but failing department store, in my eye it was very much like Macy's in New York! I do like to visualise a setting.

My first impression of Natalie was - spoilt brat!! She has never had to work and has managed to successfully wrap her grand-father around her finger.  Despite a generous allowance from him she still manages to sweet talk him into letting her have the latest clothes and bags from the store on his account - all of which very much taken for granted, she's not a bit grateful and he's not learnt how to say no.
I just cringed at the way she treated Rhys Gordon. Whilst she was working in the store in the run up to Christmas he came in to shop. He was brought in to try and turn the company around and the staff hadn't met him at that point. I guessed he was some sort of mystery shopper - no real customer would have put up with the abuse! 

The book rattles along at a fair old pace with Rhys and Natalie coming head to head on many occasions. Both are strong willed and it was interesting to watch the fireworks.  Natalie had the ability to light the blue touch paper and then leave.  Often jumping in with both feet only to have to come back and apologise.  It was a joy to watch her find herself, being forced to work gave her purpose and her character evolved and strengthened before my eyes.  

This was an enjoyable, easy read, ideal for curling up with a coffee and a bar of chocolate on a rainy weekend - which I did! It had a good mix of characters, some to love, some to pity and some to hate!  I went through more emotions than usual when reading this book. I laughed out loud, cursed and prayed for a particular outcome. I wasn't expecting to feel sadness and fear though - but I did.  The story isn't all predictable like some chick lit and yes you get a happy ending or two - but not for everyone involved in the many plots!
Katie Oliver is clearly an author to look out for, I'd highly recommend this book to all chick lit lovers out there and I'll be chomping at the bit until I get to read her next novel 'Love and Liability'.

A big thank you Katie for the shoes - but you had my heart in my mouth and shouting out loud "How could you let her do that with Louboutins?!"rada and Prejudice.  What a fab title and what a beautiful cover!  I had an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, which I'm more than happy to give.  
The story revolves around Natalie Dashwood, heiress to Dashwood and James a beautiful but failing department store, in my eye it was very much like Macy's in New York! I do like to visualise a setting.

My first impression of Natalie was - spoilt brat!! She has never had to work and has managed to successfully wrap her grand-father around her finger.  Despite a generous allowance from him she still manages to sweet talk him into letting her have the latest clothes and bags from the store on his account - all of which very much taken for granted, she's not a bit grateful and he's not learnt how to say no.
I just cringed at the way she treated Rhys Gordon. Whilst she was working in the store in the run up to Christmas he came in to shop. He was brought in to try and turn the company around and the staff hadn't met him at that point. I guessed he was some sort of mystery shopper - no real customer would have put up with the abuse! 

The book rattles along at a fair old pace with Rhys and Natalie coming head to head on many occasions. Both are strong willed and it was interesting to watch the fireworks.  Natalie had the ability to light the blue touch paper and then leave.  Often jumping in with both feet only to have to come back and apologise.  It was a joy to watch her find herself, being forced to work gave her purpose and her character evolved and strengthened before my eyes.  

This was an enjoyable, easy read, ideal for curling up with a coffee and a bar of chocolate on a rainy weekend - which I did! It had a good mix of characters, some to love, some to pity and some to hate!  I went through more emotions than usual when reading this book. I laughed out loud, cursed and prayed for a particular outcome. I wasn't expecting to feel sadness and fear though - but I did.  The story isn't all predictable like some chick lit and yes you get a happy ending or two - but not for everyone involved in the many plots!
Katie Oliver is clearly an author to look out for, I'd highly recommend this book to all chick lit lovers out there and I'll be chomping at the bit until I get to read her next novel 'Love and Liability'.

A big thank you Katie for the shoes - but you had my heart in my mouth and shouting out loud "How could you let her do that with Louboutins?!"
I gave this book 5/5 stars

Visit Katie Oliver's Website or follow on twitter@katieoliver01

Monday, 27 January 2014

The Mexican Kimono - Billie Jones

About the book...
Mexican Kimono is fast-paced, satirical chick lit by upcoming Australian author, Billie Jones, guaranteed for a laugh or three. Narcissistic Samantha simply can’t resist buying the beautiful kimono at auction on a whim. That’s what credit cards are for, right? And then the kimono’s curse starts taking apart her life, spectacularly and destructively, one hair extension at a time, and Sam’s in for a hell of a ride.











About the author...
Billie Jones writes over the top satire, with a pulpy feel. She spins average characters into outlandish situations, and subtracts the humdrum tedium of life replacing it with zany humor and action. She’s the alter ego of a writer who enjoys keeping her two personas separate, thus having another person to blame if the jokes fall flat. Her short stories and novellas have been published widely over the last five years, with six more novellas contracted to publishers in 2014, one of which will be under the pseudonym Billie Jones.

My thoughts...
I was asked by the author if I'd be interested in reading this book in exchange for an honest review.  As I like the author I accepted without knowing anything about the book - risky I know!  I'm glad I said YES!! It was a truly brilliant  book and what a fabulous cover.

What a colourful romp - perfect for a winter blast of sunshine. Billie introduces our leading lady Sam who finds herself buying an exotic Kimono at an auction for over $10,000 - quite accidentally of course! I loved and at the same time loathed the main character Sam.  She comes across as slightly dippy, things just seem to happen to her and none of it is her fault of course!  She reminded me very much of  'Bridgit Jones' at times. I howled out loud at some of the antics and then I saw the other side of her, the self centred, delusional side which wasn't quite as nice and I did want her to get her comeuppance but I have to say was equally hilarious.  Billie's descriptions were brilliant,  I could clearly visualise all the many characters in this book but in particular her mother. What a gem, so very like many mothers in real life - loved by all the friends but an embarrassment and nuisance to the grown up children.  As for Toffany well!!  If only there really was a Toffany's Cafe - I wouldn't meet my friends anywhere else - what a place to people watch.

A truly wonderful, laugh out loud book which I highly recommend to anyone wanting reassurance that they and their friends lead 'normal' lives - nobody could really live in Sam's world - could they?

I gave this book 5/5 stars

Follow Billie Jones on twitter @bjoneswrites

Blog Tour for The Guestbook - Holly Martin

Happy to be part of the GGBook Tour for Holly Martin's The Guestbook.  Keep reading for an excerpt from the book.

About the book...
Welcome to Willow Cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze and make yourself completely at home. Oh, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook!

As landlady of Willow Cottage, the young widow Annie Butterworth is always on hand with tea, sympathy or strong Norfolk cider - whatever her colourful array of guests require.  A flick through the messages in the leather-bound cottage guestbook gives a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyone who passes through her doors.

This includes Annie herself - especially now celebrity crime writer Oliver Black, is back in town. He might grace the covers of gossip magazines with a different glamorous supermodel draped on his arm every week, but to Annie, he’s always just been Olly, the man who Annie shared her first kiss with 
Through the pages of the Guestbook Annie and Olly, along with all the guests that arrive at the seaside retreat, struggle with love, loss, mystery, joy, happiness, guilt…and the odd spot of naked rambling! 

Forget sending postcards saying 'wish you were here' - one visit to Willow Cottage and you’ll wish you could stay forever.


Diary entry of a young Annie Butterworth (Age 11)...

23rd February2000

I can’t believe what has just happened, I’m so excited, my heart is pounding. Olly kissed me.  My first kiss!!!! Olly has been my best friend as far back as I can remember, we’ve played together every day, jumped in puddles, climbed trees, I’ve rod e on the back of his bike.  With his brother Nick the three of us have been completely inseparable.  But they’ve always just been Olly and Nick, the Butterworth Boys.  They’re just my friends and I’ve never really thought about them in any other way. 

I mean, I love them, I always have but… they’re just my friends.  But now…
I went for a walk tonight on the beach after dark, as I always do and Olly came with me, sometimes he does that, sometimes Nick comes too, but mostly I’m on my own.
I’ve been a bit down over the last few days as Mum has done one of her vanishing acts again, she does it so often now that it has long since become the norm, though it still hurts, like me and Dad aren’t good enough for her.  It hurts Dad too and that’s what makes me so sad to see him so down.  

Olly was hugging me and I was having a little cry.  He is just lovely, he just listens and he gives the best hugs.

It started to rain and it rained hard.  Within seconds we were soaked.  We were standing near one of the broken beach huts and we ran to shelter in there.  The sky lit up with thunder and lightning and we carried on hugging, cuddling together more for warmth than comfort.  I told him I was glad he was there and he kissed me on top of my head.  He’s never done that before and it felt strange, nice but strange.  I looked up at him and then he kissed me.  I’ve never kissed anyone before, not properly.  Playing kiss chase with the boys in the school playground doesn’t really count as normally that turns out to be a quick peck on the cheek.  I’m definitely the glass geek with my glasses and slightly wonky teeth, and although no one has ever bullied me, Olly and Nick would beat them up if they did, I know I’m not the most popular girl in school either.  Gorgeous Sally Jenkins gets all the boys attention, when she plays kiss chase, the boys kiss her on the mouth. No one has ever kissed me on the mouth before so I was a bit surprised when Olly did.  It was so soft, so sweet, I don’t know if I was doing it right, but he certainly seemed to be enjoying himself.  He held my face in his hands, just like they do in the movies.  I honestly felt my legs go weak, I know that’s such a clich√© but I could hardly breathe.  Maybe I wasn’t doing the kissing right after all because I was all dizzy too.  Olly seemed to know I was feeling dizzy so he gently pushed me back against the wall so I could lean against it.  We kissed for ages, it went on for so long the storm had actually stopped and my lips felt sore.
He’s just walked me back and held my hand all the way home.  We didn’t talk about the kiss, but he kept looking at me and smiling.  What does this mean? Is he now my boyfriend?  But what about Nick? Can I have two boyfriends? I actually feel a bit guilty about Nick.  Oh I’m so confused.

24th February 

I saw Nick and Olly have a fight this morning.  They never fight.  Never. This was an actual fist fight too.  It didn’t last long and then Nick ran away crying.  Olly looked so sad, so guilty.  I haven’t seen Nick all day and when I tried to speak to Olly about it he just kept avoiding me.  I wanted to speak about the kiss too and whether he wanted to do it again but he didn’t seem to want to talk to me at all.

I HATE OLIVER BUTTERWORTH

I’ve just seen him kissing Sally Jenkins.  He didn’t kiss her like he kissed me, he shoved his tongue in her mouth. Urgh!!! I threw my chicken paste sandwich at him and it landed in his hair. That stopped the kiss.  Sally Jenkins laughed at him.  I thought Olly would be angry but he looked even sadder than when he fought with Nick.

I’m so confused.

The blog tour continues tomorrow with http://teapartyprincess.blogspot.co.uk/  and they’ll be a review on http://bookboodle.co.uk/  

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Resolutions - Teri Riggs

About the book…
DEA agent Eve Taylor has had her fill of alpha males. When Resolutions’ operative and former lover, Dillon “Mac” McKenna, threatened her hard-earned independence, she ran. On a mission to gather evidence against a Colombian drug-lord, Eve discovers the drug-lord is helping terrorists plan an attack on American soil. Before she can escape with the vital information, she’s captured and comes face to face with her mortality…

As a teen, Mac watched his family fall apart after his mother died doing dangerous U.N. work. The possibility of losing Eve to a mission ignited an overwhelming need to protect her. When he forced her to choose him or her job, she walked away. Two years later, it seems all his nightmares have come true and he’s tasked with rescuing her from a Colombian prison. Mac has never stopped loving Eve, but does he dare risk his heart when he’s so terrified of losing…

On the run, Mac and Eve must learn to trust each other again in order to stay alive.

About the author…
Teri Riggs was destined to be a writer. As a small girl she didn’t read bedtime stories, she made up her own. Who needed Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs when there were so many great tales bouncing around in her head? When she grew up and became a mother to three little girls, she continued the tradition of making up bedtime stories. On the occasions she chose to tell conventional fairytales, Teri usually gave them a bit of tweaking here and there or added a new ending. Her girls loved it.

After her daughters had the nerve to actually grow up and leave home, Teri discovered she had a passion for writing and jumped right in. It came as no surprise she chose to write mysteries and happily-ever-after’s since that’s the genres she loves to read.

Teri lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, one of her daughters and two dogs that seem to think they rule the world. And some days Teri thinks maybe they do.


My thoughts….
I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest opinion which I’m happy to give.

I’d never heard of the author Teri Riggs and a story based around a Columbian drug ring wouldn’t be my usual choice of book either but I like to try new authors and books and I’m so glad I did.  It was brilliant! The book is fast paced, action filled, terrifying and at times emotional and romantic.

Eve and her team of special agents enter the compound of Miguel Mendoza, a major Columbian drugs lord so that she can copy the files on his computer, vital evidence the DEA needs to bring him to justice. She managed to do this successfully but whilst they were trying to escape the compound they were ambushed.  A gun fight ensued, one of the team was killed, others injured including Eve.  She was captured and that’s really where the story began.  Teri took me on an emotional journey as Eve was literally brought to her knees, tortured and battered but more than proved her worth as a special agent. My heart beat faster and I literally held my breath at each encounter Eve had to endure with Mendoza’s men. Eve’s strength of character and sheer focus on her mission was awe inspiring. Just when I thought she was at breaking point and wouldn’t survive another beating a rescue team managed to infiltrate the compound and successfully escape with Eve.

Let battle number two begin! The rescue team was led by Mac, Eve’s former lover who is clearly very much in love with her.  He and his team manage to get her to a safe house where Eve can receive the medical care she urgently needs before she can be flown home.  As Eve slowly regains consciousness she finds out who her rescuer was and the sparks began to fly. The two very clearly still loved each other but the reasons for their split resurface.  Mac a typical alpha male wants to protect his ‘woman’ and can’t accept that she is on the frontline and in danger.  He’d like her behind a desk safely at home.  Eve has other ideas, she has proven her worth and earned her role as a leading DEA agent and thinks he should accept that and if he can’t well tough the job wins!

In the short term however, they were in Columbia and had to learn to trust each other again in order to protect themselves and get out of the country alive. The story is told from both Eve’s and Mac’s perspectives at this point - so rare to get the full story.  It is fair to say that Mac is seriously impressed with Eve’s strength of character and commitment to her mission but finds it difficult not to play the heavy handed ’alpha’ male which ensures we are taken on an emotional roller coaster which puts their lives at risk. What happened when Eve finds out she had been betrayed by a member of her own team and has to head back to Mendoza’s home to retrieve the memory stick she had hidden this time with Mac as her partner?

I read this just before bed over the course of three evenings and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was disappointed when it ended and will definitely be seeking out more of Teri Riggs.  Thank you to JB Johnson for letting me be part of the Promo Blitz for Resolutions by Teri Riggs.

I gave this book 5/5 stars


Teri Riggs Website
JB Johnston at Brook Cottage Books
Facebook Prom Blitz for Resolutions by Teri Riggs

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Skeletons - Jane Fallon

About the book...

Jen has discovered a secret. It's not hers to share, but is it hers to keep?

If she tells her husband Jason, he might get over the shock but will he forgive her for telling the truth? She might drive a wedge through their marriage.

If she tells someone else in Jason's family - the family she's come to love more than her own - she'd not only tear them apart but could also find herself on the outside: she's never really been one of them, after all.

But if she keeps this dirty little secret to herself, how long can she pretend nothing is wrong? How long can she live a lie?

Jen knows the truth - but is she ready for the consequences?
About the author...
Jane was born in Harrow in North London and later moved out to Buckinghamshire where she attended St Bernard's Convent School in Slough before moving back up to London to read history at University College.

Her first real job was working as a 'Girl Friday' in a small Theatrical and Literary Agency - (the same job that Rebecca has in 'Foursome'). As soon as she walked through the door she fell in love with the idea of working in drama in some capacity.

After three years she left to pursue a career in TV, starting as a freelance script reader and then working as a script editor on various shows including EastEnders where she was made a producer in 1994. The following year she started work producing a new low budget show for BBC2 - 'This Life'.

Several other shows including 'Teachers' and '20 Things To Do Before You're 30' followed before she suddenly got brave enough to have a go at trying to fulfil her life long ambition to write a novel in 2006.

Skeletons is her fifth novel.

My thoughts...
I recently won a signed copy of Getting Rid of Matthew in a competition on twitter. What nostalgia, it brought back happy memories.  I just love all her books — she has the fantastic ability to bring to life, ‘real life!'  It’s a little like voyeurism looking into the lives of people who could, very easily be my own family or friends.

When I heard she was bringing out her fifth book Skeletons in March of this year I literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  I was on the list for a proof copy to review from Penguin but saw it up on Netgalley and couldn’t wait.  Although, if Penguin still wanted to send me a paper copy I’d just love them forever.

Jen, the main character in this novel is ‘living the life’. Family, or rather her husbands extended family provides everything she needs in life — his parents are closer to her than her own, his sisters her best-friends. Everything is perfect. Which is why, when she discovers a secret that could potentially rock that life she decides to do something about it.

Jane Fallon takes us on an emotional journey as Jen battles to make the right decisions.  Trying to protect the family and in doing so discovers things about her own family she didn’t know.  Every turn of the page was with anticipation.  It really was a roller-coaster of a book.  Climbing to the summit only to plunge again, then to rise again with each chapter. Jane developed such good characters, whose lives and emotions were so vivid that I felt real empathy and emotion for them.  I liked and disliked the right people, although, as was Jane’s intention my opinions of them changed throughout the novel too. I often found myself silently berating, praying, wishing and hoping for different outcomes as the book developed.

The best type of books in my opinion are books that make me think. This book had me thinking long after the final page. Is it better to turn a blind-eye to keep the status quo or should you  unlock a can of worms and hope for the best.  Jen, like many people I know in real life did what she did for the good of other people, never once thinking about the consequences of her actions only those of the people around her.  Who suffered the most do you think? People only see what we want them to see and do we ever know the whole story?

Another brilliant book, that wasn’t just a ‘nice’ read — it wasn’t predictable although at times I found myself predicting what was coming next, more often than not wrongly!  It’s funny how you can see things without seeing, perhaps we should all take a step back and evaluate our own lives — or perhaps not, I for one am happy in my bubble. Cannot wait to get a paper version of this book, hear what other people thought and to re-read to see if I still feel the same about each of the characters.


I highly recommend this book, Thank you Jane Fallon, don’t leave it so long until your next novel!!

I gave this book 5/5 stars


Visit Jane Fallon's Website

The Happy Endings Book Group - Jane Tara

About the book…
Once a month, seven very different women come together to discuss books. They all love a happy ending, but have lost sight of how to get their own. Paige misses glimpsing the magic in the world. Sadie doesn't see the beauty inside people. Amanda wonders what she ever saw in her ex husband. Tilda literally can't see herself. Michi can't bear looking at her family, while Clementine is blind to what's right in front of her. And Eva looks for romance in all the wrong places.

But things are about to change ...

Meet the women of the Happy Endings Book Club as they celebrate Christmas, and themselves, in London, Paris, Vienna, New York, Sydney … and in love.





About the author…
Jane Tara spends most of her time wandering the world and writing. She has over twenty children's picture books published in Asia, and has written travel articles for many publications worldwide.
She has lived in Tokyo, London, Vienna, New York and various parts of Australia. She recently transformed her itchy feet into ITCHEE FEET, which publishes travel books for kids.
Jane is the author of FORECAST and the sequel, TROUBLE BREWING. Her latest novel, THE HAPPY ENDINGS BOOK CLUB 
Jane lives with her partner Dom and their four sons in Sydney, Australia.
My thoughts...
I had an copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.  I was drawn to the book firstly by the gorgeous cover and secondly by the fact that I'm a member of a book group and thought it would be interesting to see if there was any comparisons.
Jane Tara has hit the nail on the head with this book - a book club isn't just about the books.  In fact the books are the smallest part of a book group.  It's about a bunch of people from different walks of life who initially come together to share the same interest but through the meetings become friends supporting, listening and advising each other. 
Each member of The Happy Endings Book Club is at a different stage in their lives. All looking to move forward.  The book loosely weaves the women together, each having a chapter or so within the book to tell their tale and thanks to Jane Tara's vivid descriptions I got to travel the world with them.
Some characters I got, understood, like and felt empathy for others I didn't - a bit like real life really.  The thing that stood out for me was that despite the fact the women were all different characters, trying to work through different scenario's in search of their own 'happy ending' when things got too much they turned to The Book Group for stability - knowing they had the support of their fellow members.  A book club is somewhere to escape reality.
Overall I enjoyed this book at 182 pages it was a quick read for me and perfect for an afternoon curled up with coffee and the cat.
I gave this book 3/5 stars

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Apple Tree Yard - Louise Doughty

About the book…
‘Don’t tell them about Apple Tree Yard, don’t tell them about us. No one has any way of knowing. Nothing is written down’.
Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children. Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him – a decision that will put everything she values at risk.
At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can’t control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence.
Apple Tree Yard is both a psychological thriller and an insightful examination of the values we all live by and the choices we make, from an acclaimed writer at the height of her powers.

About the author…
Louise Doughty is the author of seven novels, including Apple Tree Yard, published by Faber & Faber UK.  So far, rights have sold in fourteen territories worldwide. Apple Tree Yard is her first novel since Whatever You Love, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has won awards for radio drama and short stories, along with publishing one work of non- fiction, A Novel in a Year, based on her hugely popular newspaper column. She is a critic and cultural commentator for UK and international newspapers and broadcasts regularly for the BBC.

My thoughts…
I'm a member of a book group and this book was chosen by the host of our next meeting which will be on Tuesday 7th January.  I'll be very interested to hear if everyone shares the same thought as me.

I swing between chick lit and psychological thrillers, two extremes which equally satisfy. As I had read quite a few christmassy themed chick lit novels in December I was craving grit and looking forward to reading Apple Tree Yard.  

It didn't disappoint, I was hooked from the first page.  The book begins towards the end of a court case at The Old Bailey.  The narrator is in the person in the dock, just realising their fate.  At this stage it's not known who or what this case is about but I couldn't help feeling deep empathy - Louise Doughty's description of the accused had my heart beating faster and I was only on the prologue!

Through a series of flashbacks  Louise takes us back to where it all began when super confident Yvonne Carmichael first meets the man who takes control of her totally, her life and her every waking thought. She wasn't consciously unhappy with her life yet the speed at which she is sucked into an affair suggests to me sub-consciously she was.   

Louise Doughty's research was clearly very thorough and her writing style dragged me straight into Yvonne's life as if she was someone I knew yet a chapter later I didn't know her at all.  Hat's off to you Louise.  As I progressed through the book I read faster and faster devouring each chapter trying to second guess where the story was going. For every bit I understood there was twice as much I didn't which kept me glued.

I don't think I've ever come across an author who describes a scene in such detail then suddenly ends it in a short sentence to change direction at the same time keeping me glued to the page. Superb!

I was saddened when the pages ran out on this book - but Louise left me thinking.  I would lay down my life for my family - or would I?  

I highly recommend this book and I will be seeking out more from Louise Doughty.


I gave this book 5/5 stars