I love Cecelia Ahern. Her books are filled with warmth, wit and intelligence. THE TIME OF MY LIFE is a beautifully written, contemporary story with aI love Cecelia Ahern. Her books are filled with warmth, wit and intelligence. THE TIME OF MY LIFE is a beautifully written, contemporary story with a pinch of fantasy and a sprinkling of magic. It’s poignant and thought-provoking as well as funny and light-hearted. As with all of Ahern’s novels, THE TIME OF MY LIFE had me captivated and I didn’t want to put it down. This was definitely a fabulous holiday read.
It’s an original and heartwarming tale of life and how we take it for granted. How we plod through our existence without really taking note of who and what is around us, getting increasingly introspective and isolated from society, and fundamentally, family.
Meet Lucy, our heroine. She is a very likeable character with a great, snarky personality. An ordinary girl with an ordinary job, a small unassuming apartment, a knackered old car and a stray cat that she’s somehow adopted. Her life is filled with going to work, seeing her friends, and family dinners. A seemingly normal life, just like most of us. But although from the outside Lucy’s life seems full to the brim with friends and family, what’s really going on within is a sad tale of misunderstandings, family drama, and a broken heart.
The format of the book starts with Lucy telling us about her life. But as she’s telling it, it sounds utterly perfect, until she utters the last sentence: “ok, I lied.” This happens quite a few times and so we begin to get the feeling that Lucy lies a lot. To her family, to her friends, to pretty much any one she meets. It’s a habit, and she can’t seem to break it. But Lucy doesn’t really notice she’s doing it any more she’s been doing it for so long, basically since the moment her boyfriend left her three years ago. The story of Lucy’s life is given to us slowly and we begin to understand what she’s all about.
There is also a little romance, that is hindered by Lucy’s ex and we see her struggle with old and new feelings. Most of us girls have been there and I could relate to Lucy and what she was going through. In fact most of Lucy’s life I could identify with, and that’s what made THE TIME OF MY LIFE so readable and the characters so likeable.
As for Life, he was a little different to what I was expecting. For a start it was a “he” and thought that Life would be the same gender as the character, but this just gave the story a nice twist. I did think when beginning this book that I would find it difficult to believe that Life was a person and that the world knows that sometimes people get a letter from their life requesting an appointment. But after a while I just accepted it and sank myself into Ahern’s gorgeous prose. Life is actually a great character. The banter between Life and Lucy is at times hysterical and at other times moving.
Lucy’s friends are a great bunch, and you can see that they care for her very much, but as with everything else in her life, Lucy keeps them at arms length. Some of the scenes with Lucy and her friends reminded me of the film Bridget Jones, the characters have the same quirky nature that makes you love each and every one of them.
I’m not going to go into detail about the plot or storyline as there’s so many twists and turns along the way I don’t want to spoil it, but suffice to say, the book was a delight to read.
Another great read from one of my favourite authors. Warm, funny, witty and oh so clever, THE TIME OF MY LIFE is a treat and I would urge you all to read it....more
**spoiler alert** Half-truths and White Lies is a story which centers around the lives of Tom, Laura, Pete and Faye, their relationships, their love f**spoiler alert** Half-truths and White Lies is a story which centers around the lives of Tom, Laura, Pete and Faye, their relationships, their love for one another, the mistakes they make and the secrets they keep. It is told through the eyes of three different people and jumps from the present to the 1970's where the story unravels and you learn about their lives and the decisions they made. It's a story about love, loss and forgiveness.
For the first few chapters the story is told by Andrea and I felt that the prose was some what shaky and didn't really flow, which made it difficult for me to get into. However, once the story moved onto Uncle Pete and Aunt Faye, her writing changed and the words seemed to flow better and did so for the rest of the book. It is sensitively written and I had a lot of empathy for the characters. The only question I had once I had finished the book was, would you really give away your own child to save the marriage of your friends? I'm not sure.
However, other than the book literally falling apart half way through, (not very good for a book that cost £7.99!), I really liked it. This is Jane's first novel and I will definitely be buying her second....more
I read this book as it was recommended on Oprah Winfry's Book Club. It is a fairly easy read and the language is modern and plain. It is a portrait ofI read this book as it was recommended on Oprah Winfry's Book Club. It is a fairly easy read and the language is modern and plain. It is a portrait of a man called Doug Parker whose life is thrown into turmoil when his wife is killed in a plane crash. You go through his feelings of loss, his apprehension of the dating scene and his inability to be a step-father to the teenager his wife left behind.
I found the character to be uninteresting and a little wimpy, and even though I understood his sorrow at the beginning of the book, felt a growing impatience as the story moved on. There were humorous moments in this book but they didn't out weigh the long passages of self pity.
The ending didn't leave me feeling inspired or uplifted, in fact I felt relieved that I had finished the book and could swiftly move on to another....more