I am counting down the weeks now until my thirtieth birthday and suddenly I am finding myself writing lists about what I had hoped to have achieved byI am counting down the weeks now until my thirtieth birthday and suddenly I am finding myself writing lists about what I had hoped to have achieved by this milestone and seen as it is something that is on my mind it seemed fitting to read The Thirty List by Eva Woods.
Rachel didn't expect at the age of thirty to be homeless, unemployed, with no money oh and not forgetting in the process of getting a divorce! Life really hasn't gone to plan and with few options available she finds an advert to live rent free for Patrick in return for helping with the running of his house and looking after his son Alex and dog Max. Desperate to get out of her current slump and with the encouragement of her best friends, Rachel makes a list of things to accomplish, I mean survey everyone needs to do a bit of stand up comedy to get over a heartbreak!
I related to Rachel so much which helped make this book such an enjoyable read. Like myself Rachel is a list making addict and this shows in the book with not only THE list but other lists appearing throughout the book which were often full of humour. She is at a stage in her life where she will either sink or swim and with the help of her list and friends and not forgetting the charming Patrick she is trying to keep afloat. I loved watching events unfold as she worked her way through her list and had some memorable experiences some for the good and some she would rather forget. Rachel was a very believable and down to earth character and she knows that she has her faults but she still tries to get on with life. I loved Patrick he was such a caring and generous man who obviously doted on his son Alex who was also a wonderful character in this book.
The storyline was light and witty with touches of romance and briefly touches on a more serious issue with Little Alex. I could see from early on what the outcome of this book would be but this didn't matter because it was a great journey to get to that point with lots of fun and bumps along the way. This was a very entertaining read that you will speed through this Summer. ...more
One of the best things about being a book blogger is that every so often I am sent a book to review which wouldn't be a book I would typically pick upOne of the best things about being a book blogger is that every so often I am sent a book to review which wouldn't be a book I would typically pick up in the local bookshop. When I was sent Redemption Road it didn't shout out to me not because it has an awful cover or anything it just didn't appeal to me and yet when I opened the book just to have a little read of the first chapter before I knew it I was over half way through this book before I looked up!
Margaret Holloway finds herself trapped in her car after she has a fatal crash, unable to get out and with the smell of petrol getting stronger she fears for her life until a man who has horrendous scaring over his face and body comes to her aid and smashes her window and drags her out minutes before the car explodes. As Margaret turns to thank him the strange man mysterious man who had saved her is walking away. The crash has opened up questions for Margaret and she is determined to find the answers.
This was such a flawless read that had me captivated the whole way through. The pace of the book doesn't falter the whole way through and there is a constant tense feel to the book which left no safe place to put the book down.
Each of the characters were extremely well developed from Margaret who we instantly fear for at the start of the book to little Moll who was such a brave and intelligent little girl, to George who was such a complex character, he had such a big heart and yet there is a stigma attached to him which makes him fearful to others. George was by far my favourite character in this book and I was confused about my feelings for him during the book because I felt as though I should despise this man and yet I couldn't help but feel for him as I know his actions were not malicious. The character of Angus really freaked me out, I found him to be quite a disturbing character.
The book is told in two time frames 1985 and 2013, I preferred reading about the events in 1985 but it was the events told in 2013 which wound the story together. I had an idea of what the connection was going to be and I was correct but this really didn't ruin the book for me as there were still little things revealed as we went along. I loved watching the relationship between Moll and George progress and I was really hoping for a happy ending for them both.
The ending of this book tied everything up perfectly and I have to confess to the lump that appeared in my throat, which is a great sign of a great read and having to leave great characters behind.
I highly recommend this book and this will be one that I am sure when I come to do my top 10 reads at the end of the year will still be on my mind as a strong contender. I found myself totally compelled by this storyline I now can't wait to go and grab a copy of her previous book The Guilty One....more
You Me and Other People is Fionnuala Kearney’s debut book and after reading this one I am looking forward to what this author will present us with nex
You Me and Other People is Fionnuala Kearney’s debut book and after reading this one I am looking forward to what this author will present us with next time around as this really was a well crafted debut.
When the book begins we meet Adam and Beth who have just split up after Beth found out that Adam has been unfaithful and as the book progresses it soon becomes clear that this is not the only secret that Adam has been hiding. The book alternates between Adam and Beth’s points of view which worked perfectly for this book as it gave us a chance to see the thoughts and emotions of both characters which gave us an unbiased view on the situations that arose in the book.
The did struggle at the start of this book and I have to admit to giving up on it and trying again a few weeks later and I am so glad that I did try again as it really is such a deep and well thought out storyline. I think the reason I struggled was because I didn’t like either of the main characters at the start of this book but as the book progressed and the characters developed and they reached different emotional stages of separation I soon became to like each of them. I actually felt guilty for liking Adam’s character as he well and truly screwed up and yet by the end of the book I loved him as much as Beth.
I loved how unpredictable the book was, I was not expecting the bombshell that was dropped and I love it when an author can spring something on me that shocks me to the core!
This book deals with so many issues on top of the infidelity and heartbreak. The author takes our characters through each step of separation from the hurt to the anger to the process of trying to move forward and build a new life but the one thing we are never quite sure of all the way through is if it is finally over for good or if there was a chance to work through it and start again. The storyline also shows the effect separation has on family and friends too and this part was told well.
I thought this was a praiseworthy debut and I will definitely be looking for future releases by this author....more