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Learning to Love

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Exploring the Fragility of Love, Life, and

Widower, Dr David Adams, has recently moved to the village – where no one knows him, ergo there's no fuel for neighbourhood gossip – to start afresh with is ten year old son, if only he can get to a place where his son wants to speak to him. Angry and withdrawn, Jake blames his dad for the death of his mother, and
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Published July 18th 2013 by Safkhet Soul
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Andrea Kelly lives with her partner Jonathan and three children Ryan, Sophie and toddler Chloe. Plus, there is also her elderly mother and the family pet dog, Dougal.

Andrea and Jonathan have been going through a rough patch. Jonathan has become very secretive and off-hand with Andrea. When the two are supposedly meeting to have dinner together, Jonathan is nowhere to be seen. At the same time the family home burns down.

To the rescue is newcomer to
Rachel Gilbey
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic way to spend a Saturday afternoon, I have managed to read Learning to Love in one sitting, and loved every second of it. It has everything you could want in a story, from a dishy doctor, village of friends, family with some wonderful children, a dastardly villain and a large helping of drama and action. This is a fast paced story, that will leave you gasping for more.

David Adams has just moved in opposite the Kelly family, with his 10 year old son Jake. They don't have the best
Cathy Geha
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nearing middle age and wanting a career change Andrea is living with Jonathan, has a toddler by him, has a teenage son and daughter by her first husband, is a teacher, and multi-tasks like a champion…oh, she also has her slightly dotty mother living in the same house, too! When her house burns down a new neighbor steps in and offers space to them till they can get the insurance settled. Little did either of them realize that the fire was just the beginning of fireworks yet to come.

I enjoyed the
Suze Lavender
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrea and Jonathan are going through a rough patch in their relationship. When they are supposed to have dinner at their favorite restaurant together he even stands her up. At the same moment their house burns down. Andrea, who's taking care of her forgetful mother and three children, has nowhere to go. Fortunately her new neighbor David, who's just moved into the area, offers them a place to stay. Andrea and her family bring some much needed liveliness into their new temporary home. David is ...more
Carol W
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Andrea, a strong woman who is a born survivor, is in a relationship with Jonathan (not to be trusted). She is not aware of what Jonathan is up to as she is a busy mum, teacher, carer for her fragile mother as well as a partner.

Dr David Adams lives across the street with his son. Their relationship is very strained. Andrea does not know the family and is rather wary of him after witnessing a scene between David and his son.

A tragedy in the street throws Andrea and David together and these two
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learning to Love is a story that weaves itself around family, everyday life and community spirit. Andrea Kelly is no different to many women, she is living her life day to day, effortlessly, but not without drama; juggling the many balls needed as that of a wife, mother, daughter and carer as well as holding down a demanding job.

There are hairline cracks in the fabric of her life and it only takes one ball to drop and everything shatters. The one person who should be stood, shoulder to shoulder
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"
Juggling a romantic relationship with three children and an aging mother in the initial phase of dementia isn’t easy but, somehow, the heroine in “Learning to Love”, Andrea, handles it all with aplomb.
In the beginning the hero – a widower with a troubled ten year son - seems cold-hearted and indifferent but we soon realize that he’s hurting and he’s really a very caring and sensitive man, that immediately becomes the knight in
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want a feel good reminder that there are still some good people out there then I highly recommend you read this book.

Andrea is an overwrought, worn out Mum with 2 teenagers(Ryan & Sophie) a toddler(Chloe) from her new relationship with fiancé Jonathan, who doesn't exactly pull his weight in the household as he thinks of himself as a big time insurance broker, taking care of the villages insurance needs. Then as if she doesn't have enough to deal with she also has her Mum(Dee) to care
J.B (Debbie)
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doctor David Adams has moved into the quiet village of Hibberton with his young son. Dr Adams appears to be a deep and moody character beneath his sexy good looks. He has moved opposite Andrea Kelly who isn't that keen on the good doctor. She's worried about his son, who appears less than happy in the company of his father.

Andrea herself however doesn't have an ideal home situation either. She is juggling a teaching career, caring for her family, which includes her mother, and a less than
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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Sheryl Browne’s great style of writing brings us real characters in believable, moving yet amusing scenarios. Learning to Love is no exception to this and is another brilliant book from such a talented author. Learning to Love mixes just the right amount of humour in with a more serious outlook on life. It’s about family, as beautifully chaotic as they can be, and it’s about overcoming the obstacles life throws your way and finding love
Wendy Janes
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andrea has her hands full with two teens, a baby, an ageing mother, an unsupportive partner, and a teaching job. She’s on the verge of a big career change when her house burns down, throwing her life into a tailspin. Things become further complicated when the handsome widower Dr Adams offers her family a temporary safe haven. How will Andrea’s work, family and love life ever get back on track?

Andrea could win awards for her ability to multi-task. She’s strong and warm, and although that makes
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming, moving and exceptionally authentic!

This is a charming story that reminds us that life is unpredictable and full of curve balls and it's how we approach and handle these highs-and-lows and ups-and-downs that truly make all the difference.

The writing is precise and smooth. The characterization is well done, with a variety of characters that are genuine, compassionate, strong, quirky and lovable. And the plot is a compelling, engaging, emotional tale of heartache, loss, grief,
Ann Cooper
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Sheryl's books and this one is brilliant. We meet David Adams and his son just after they have moved in and we are immediately introduced to the problems between them, although we have no idea why.
We then meet Andrea and Jonathan, their children, Andrea's mum, the dog and chaotic lifestyle, in complete contrast to David's more orderly home.

A tragedy occurs and Andrea and her family, mum, dog and all, temporarily move in with David and his son.

From the off, suspicion surrounds Jonathan,
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrea Kelly has a lot on her plate, three children, a confused mother and a grumpy neighbour who might need a social services referral. Thankfully her fiancée is around to support her, if only he would turn up for their date. Things can’t possibly get worse, or at least that’s what Andrea thinks, until she finds her house on fire and she is forced to take shelter with grumpy neighbour, David Adams, and his grieving, angry young son, Jake.

I really enjoyed this romantic page turner, where new
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was such a great all-rounder. Sheryl created characters that are not too far removed from reality at all. She touches on very sensitive issues such as dealing with a lost one, deceit and conception and puts these brilliantly into practice and in addition Learning to Love doesn’t miss out on a romantic and passionate storyline either.

Andrea was probably my most favourite character. What a powerhouse! The things she had to deal with (taking care of her “difficult” mother
Shani Struthers
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of Sheryl Browne's books I've read and my favourite to date. It's not laugh out loud humour, which I gather is her trademark (although there are humerous parts in it), instead it's a deeply sensitive story of ordinary people trying to get by in life - often, as so many people are, juggling far too much whilst they do so. Andrea is a born survivor, Dr David Adams is not only swoonsome he's struggling with his young son after the death of his wife and Johnathan is the villain of ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms Browne describes the story best herself with a line in one of the last chapters: "Complicated lives full of secrets and lies."

David Adams and Andrea Kelly run head long into each other more than once during this delightful romance. She can't stand him, but due to circumstances, she finds herself living in his house.

He's been involved with her close friend and on top of that, Andrea has a non-comitted boyfriend, herself.

But dredging through their lives complicated by children, an aging mother,
Robin Reynolds
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*received from NetGalley for review*

My second Sheryl Browne book (after THE REST OF MY LIFE) and I liked this one even more. Possibly because I more easily related to the heroine, a mother of three struggling to balance work, children and relationship, and trying to find her own identity by opening a “second-chance designer” dress shop. Her live in boyfriend (not husband, as the synopsis says), the father of her youngest child, has become a little distant and emotionally unsupportive, and then
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tragedy and charity: a recipe for happy families

I enjoyed reading this book. It is a sweet character-driven romance with a large cast of interesting characters, from harried mother Andrea and her unsupportive husband/fiancé/boyfriend Jonathan to awkward neighbour David and his uncommunicative son Jake. The author has a talent for large casts, to not only keep them straight, but imbue all of them with life and heart.

I loved seeing the families blend together and especially how Ryan grew up to
Sally Coles
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrea is a teacher but thinking of giving it up and starting up her own business - she is also mother to a toddler by her fiancé Jonathan and has two teenage daughters plus and eccentric slightly senile mother - talk about having to juggle your life!

Things do not seem to be going so well with Jonathan and she arranges to meet him at a restaurant to have dinner but he doesn't bother to turn up and to make matters worse while she is there her house burns down!

Now she is homeless with 3 children
S.K. Gregory
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David is struggling with his job as a doctor and raising his son. Andrea is juggling three kids, a new business venture and her ailing mother. When her house burns down, Andrea is surprised when her new neighbour David offers to let her stay. I enjoyed the story, the banter between Andrea and her kids was very realistic. The characters were well developed and interesting. I would definitely recommend it
Mary Geraghty
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read

Misunderstandings, love, laughter and tears. This book had everything. I loved the characters and almost wanted to boo pantomime style the villain. Lovely
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Learning To Love is a slice of life novel that the majority of us have experienced on some level. Life happens. Our children become strange creatures called teenagers. Our parents age and become, at times, people we do not know yet desperately still love. Our partners in love are aloof at best and untrustworthy at worst. And a wee toddler adds to the chaos of a life full to overflowing. Add to the mix a snappy little dog and a desire to change careers in order to
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrea lives in a small town where everybody knows each other. She shares a house with her three children, her boyfriend, soon to be fiancé, Jonathan, her mother, who is suffering from early onset dementia, and her dog Dougal. Her household is full of chaos and Andrea wants to take a little bit of time back for herself. She has very good taste in vintage clothes and accessories. Andrea would love to quit her teaching job to start her own business. Jonathan is not really supportive about anything ...more
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learning to Love is the fabulous new novel by Sheryl Browne and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye, a laugh to your belly and a warm glow to your heart.
As ever, Sheryl combines the nuances of family life with the highs and lows of love and the tenderness and sadness of real life getting in the way of moving on.
Andrea juggles being a teacher and mum to truculent teens Ryan and Sophie and toddler-with-a-chip-obsession Chloe with caring for her elderly mother, a partner
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it’s fairly well known I am a huge lover of Sheryl’s books so it was a pleasure to slip into this one with the knowledge it was bound to be a stonking story!

Andrea could be classified as superwoman contending with two stroppy teenagers from a former marriage, young toddler with her fiance, her mother who is displaying early dementia, works full-time as a teacher, has the obligatory dog and just generally spins many plates hoping one doesn’t fall.

She is hoping to slow down and change
Mary Snaddon
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
To be honest, this is not my usual favoured genre, but after reading three crime novels in a row I wanted something different. I did enjoy this story and the wide range of characters. It's a story of village life and it's characters, and it's well written. I shall certainly read another by this author, but this time one of her "crime" ones!
Kelly Lacey
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a while since a book with a romantic thread throughout has captured my attention. Sheryl Brown’s writing style is imperative in my falling in love with the story. You can feel her own love for the characters and her genuine care for them.

The story is a map of different roads. At the heart is the importance of family and love. Andrea and David are very likeable characters and I found myself investing my own emotions in them, which is very rare for me. However they have to overcome many
Shaz Goodwin
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We’re introduced to David and son Jake on their first night together. Their relationship needs re-building and he realises he doesn’t know his son at all. This is a fresh start for them.

Andrea lives opposite and we’re introduced to her chaotic family life as she is arguing with fiancée Jonathan. They arrange to meet that night but Andrea is left waiting as he doesn’t arrive. Approaching home she realises it’s her house on fire and is gripped with utter terror and panic. This is so vivid I felt
Maureen Moyes
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MoMo’s Book Diary loved Sheryl Browne’s “Learning to Love” and happily recommends this as a 5 star read. An excellent heartwarming read!!

I can’t recommend Learning to Love by Sheryl Browne highly or often enough. I loved the rollercoaster of emotions the author leads us on page after page.

The way Sheryl Browne warmly brings each character to life with emotion which grows throughout the book. Alongside romance there is heartache, a touch of mystery, some humour and continual gripping hope that
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Hi, I’m Sheryl Browne writing psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. My latest psychological thriller THE SECOND WIFE is published by fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, I have several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, ...more