A Veronica Henry novel is the perfect antidote for any rainy weekend! She is able to capture human nuances with an effortless style and thoroughly chaA Veronica Henry novel is the perfect antidote for any rainy weekend! She is able to capture human nuances with an effortless style and thoroughly charming characters.
The picturesque seaside resort of Pennfleet is the home of The Townhouse by the Sea hotel which is really the central character. Background history is eluded to with each guest that arrives, all with their own agendas.
Claire, co-owner of the hotel with her chef partner, Luca, who holds the looks and ability to become a semi celebrity in his field. On the outside Claire has everything, on the inside she's hiding from her past.
Partners in the hotel, Trevor and his wife, Monique arrive for their routine visit armed with ideas about expanding the business. A ploy to keep Monique distracted from her own tragedy.
Nick and his mates are taking the weekend to celebrate his stag with only a week to go 'til the wedding. Best-man Dan really couldn't have picked the worst hotel for Nick, who soon realises he may not be ready to get married.
Colin has planned a perfect weekend for his daughter, whom he sees just once a year and has a lot to make up for. The regrets he associates with his strained relationship over the twelve years of his daughter's life all too clear.
Dan and Laura arrive with hope of finding Laura's father from a treasured drawing Laura found in her mother's belongings.
Lost loves fight for space with desire for better. A lot can change in a long weekend!
I absolutely loved this from the minute I opened the book! An amazing début and one that will stay with me for a long time.
A mish mash of past and preI absolutely loved this from the minute I opened the book! An amazing début and one that will stay with me for a long time.
A mish mash of past and present roll voluptuously entwined within each chapter, engaging the senses and throwing quotes by authors and poets to underline the melancholy. Written as a confused yet illuminating thought process into a series of events that led to Rachel's despair. As the reader, I felt that I identified with various aspects of her personality in a self aggrandizing yet sorrowful way.
Truly a magnificent, well thought out novel of Love and Loss in the worst and best of all of us! ...more
The Girl on Paper is the antithesis of fiction. I picked this book up purely because of the striking cover and the drop line that "She fell out of a bThe Girl on Paper is the antithesis of fiction. I picked this book up purely because of the striking cover and the drop line that "She fell out of a book....." Previously never being drawn to Musso's work I was intrigued by the premise of this story, which reminded me of Cornelia Funke's brilliant Inkheart series and wondered how it could be transferred into the adult market.
Starting with such a depressive note made it easier for the characters to evolve by the introspection of their lives together. As the main character, Author Tom Boyd, grows from a very two dimensional personality into a fully rounded, likeable guy we are introduced to his life through the depictions of the highs and lows of his life so far. When Billie arrives into his story, the rich tapestry that has been unravelling for some time starts to knit back together.
I loved being on this journey with Tom, Milo and Carole. Totally believable people in a wildly unbelievable situation. This book was a pleasure to read and pure escapism!...more
The summer of living dangerously is surprisingly misinterpreted, as the cover really doesn't do it any justice and there's really nothing dangerous abThe summer of living dangerously is surprisingly misinterpreted, as the cover really doesn't do it any justice and there's really nothing dangerous about the plot. However, as far as pure escapism is concerned it's bang on! You believe in the characters, the trials and excesses of past experiences and wholeheartedly want everything to work out in the end. Funny in all the right places with a touch of Bridget Jones thrown in for good measure, Julie Cohen has captured the essence of a summer here! I would heartily recommend this to everyone for a light yet enthralling read!...more