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Round And Round

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Terry Tyler’s ninth published work is a 36,000 word novella, i.e. between a third and half as long as a full length novel.

Four Valentine cards – from four different men!

Sophie Heron’s fortieth birthday is looming, and she is fed up with her job, her relationship, her whole life – not to mention her boyfriend’s new ‘hobby’, in which she definitely doesn’t want to get invo
Kindle Edition, 136 pages
Published July 22nd 2014
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I love this brilliant, delightfully different novella! Most folks seem to panic and reevaluate their life choices as significant birthdays approach and, in this case, Sophie Heron’s fortieth birthday is going to prove to be more significant than most! If only we could all have guidance from an Aunt Flick, a personal guardian angel, to show us the future results of our choices to help us make ones that promise long term happiness . . . Sophie looks back on the choices she made and reconsiders wha ...more
We’ve all done it, looked back and wondered if one simple decision would have made us happier, wealthier, more exciting, on and on. For Sophie, her moment of questioning her decisions came as she closed in on her fortieth birthday and she wasn’t particularly thrilled with the paths she chose throughout life. What if she has chosen a different man? Where would her life be? Her confidant and dearest aunt, Flick was her sounding board, but Auntie Flick has passed on, leaving behind their favorite p ...more
Jenny Twist
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sophie Heron is not looking forward to her fortieth birthday. Her life is in a rut and now it’s too late to do the things she wished she had done. She harks back to 1998, the year she received four Valentine cards and wonders whether she made the wrong choice. Then something happens to show her how each of the others would have turned out. She is convinced it is her beloved Auntie Flick communicating with her from the other side.
This is a theme which has always fascinated me – the alternative u
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, 5-stars
Round and Round is just a short read of 136 pages which will really make you think. Sophie is nearing her 40th birthday, which prompts her to reflect on her past and all of the things that might have been but never were. In 1998 she had received Valentines Day cards from four men and she is convinced that she made the wrong decision all those years ago. Her Auntie Flick pulls some strings from beyond the grave to help Sophie to create a happier future for herself by examining her past and what m ...more
Zoe Saadia
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fan of this author's works, which I read quite a few by now, I picked 'Round and Round' with high expectations, having fallen in love with it's cover the moment I saw it. This calm, warming sense of the perfect, sunny afternoon out there in the country - did it make me long to be out there too!

Well, the story itself fit the cover as perfectly. Sophie and her 'magical' tree that Aunt Flick had left for her behind, after passing away, promising to watch after her beloved niece no matter what. Th
Rosie Amber
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have a special interest in the afterlife, so this book hit the spot for me. Sophie Heron is fast approaching her fortieth birthday and the future looks bleak. Aunt Flick who died a few years ago said "I'll always be with you" and Sophie visits her special Angel tree where she talks to the departed Flick.

She reflects on her own life. Looking back to 1997, the year her friend Tallulah introduced her to a new slimming programme. The weight she dropped was fantastic, it gave her a confidence boost
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sophie is feeling less than satisfied with her life and with her boyfriend who has developed an interesting new ‘hobby’ - one that she wants no part of. As her fortieth birthday approaches, Sophie thinks back to 1998, the year she received four Valentine’s cards and the year she had to make a choice - but did she make the right one? Feeling alone, now that her beloved Aunt Flick has died, her best friend is miles away and her mother is as being as judgemental and unhelpful as ever, Sophie questi ...more
Judith Barrow
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Round and Round is yet another brilliantly clever novel by Terry Tyler. I can’t get enough of her books; somehow they keep finding their way to the top of my ‘to be read’ pile.
As usual, the narrative slips seamlessly along taking the reader into the world of the protagonist, Sophie Heron, fast approaching her fortieth birthday and looking back at her life. Each chapter focuses on different aspects of her choices. It’s a thought provoking read of ‘what if’
The characters are skilfully drawn with m
Vanessa Wester
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ever since I read "You Wish" by Terry Tyler I have been hooked on her style of writing.

I read Round & Round quickly and I loved the twists & turns, as well as the clever, well thought-out ending.

Sophie is constantly tormented by the "what if" - but, decisions once made are hard to change. The thing is, would she really have been any happier? Is life ever perfect? Her aunt has the power to help her make decisions... Yet, Sophie has to change her life on her own! Courage is the best lesson learnt!
Jenny Worstall
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well-written, entertaining and with a touch of magic - a great read, thoroughly recommended.
My favourite sentence: 'The elephant in the room was growing almost tangible, so much so that Sophie wondered if she should lay a place for him at dinner.'
E.L. Lindley
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Round and Round by Terry Tyler is a novella with a hint of paranormal but its roots are firmly fixed in real life. Tyler raises the question of self-determination versus fate and in so doing reminds us that life is to be cherished as it comes with no guarantees.

Tyler’s protagonist, Sophie Heron is staring down the barrel of forty and faced with the realisation that her life hasn’t turned out the way she expected it to. Not all writers enjoy both skill and popularity but Terry Tyler manages to s
Geoffrey West
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a feelgood book that makes you feel really good

Sophie is an ordinary girl, a bit on the plump side, jogging along in a fairly dull life with her boring boyfriend Chris. Sophie has a gloomy, pessimistic mum, who tries to erode her self esteem, warning her that reaching the age of forty is a miserable milestone.

But luckily Sophie has also got a bright and adorable Auntie Flick, who is wholeheartedly on her side. Two things happen: Sophie loses weight, and her consequent surge of confidenc
Elizabeth Lloyd
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what might have happened if you had done things differently, taken that job abroad, studied harder or married your first love? Well in Terry Tyler’s new novella, “Round and Round,” heroine Sophie does just that. As she approaches her dreaded 40th birthday she looks back sixteen years and wonders whether she made the right choices.

I warmed to Sophie very quickly. She is trying to make the best of her life but indecision in the past and the loss of her greatly loved Aunt Fli
Suze Lavender
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sophie's almost forty. According to her mother things can only go downhill from there. Sophie wonders if she's right. She doesn't like her life at all. Her relationship with a man she doesn't really love turns into something she hates, because of his new interests Sophie wants to stay far away from. Since her best friend moved abroad she doesn't really have close friends who are around. She misses her aunt Flick now more than ever. Her beloved aunt was like a second mother and when she died Soph ...more
Valerie Poore
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has to read an awful lot of dry, factual and scientific papers for my work, I sometimes get a hankering to be entertained by a book that just takes me to another world.This was one of those occasions. I've just spent the evening reading Round and Round after a day of grading tedious papers and I just loved it. It was precisely what the doctor ordered. As always with Terry Tyler's work, this wonderfully esoteric story is beautifully written. It is also very well paced and totally c ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sophie Heron's 40th birthday is fast approaching, and she is taking stock.

Sophie is filled with deep regrets of a life wasted and potential unfulfilled. She is desperately miserable with how things have turned out for her – and is torturing herself over the decisions she made to bring her life to its current point. One day, 16 years ago, she was faced with limitless opportunities... did she choose the wrong path?

In a 'It's a Wonderful Life' meets 'Mr Destiny' sort of scenario. Sophie is treated
Kerry Burnett
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks, first of all, to Terry Tyler for sending a copy of Round and Round for review.

Life begins at forty? Not if you listened to Sophie Heron’s mother. After years of listening to her mother declaring that it’s all downhill after hitting the big four-o, she was dreading the big milestone.

After losing weight her confidence rocketed. Her relationship with Chris is steady, apart from a fling with his ex, and she is promoted at work.

Her job takes her away from home through the week and she
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. An intriguing tale of the paths that life offers. What if you could go back and see the results of each path? That’s exactly what happens to Sophie on the days running up to her fortieth birthday. Seemingly trapped in a loveless long term relationship, Sophie is reminded of the time in her life when she received four Valentine cards from four different men. At that time, she had a choice to make – which man was the man for her, which man cou ...more
Cathy Ryan
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

A very apt title for this novella for, as Sophie’s discontent and unhappiness with the way her life is unfolding grows, the thoughts of what might have been are swirling round her head. With all her choices, had she made the right decision all those years ago? The ‘what ifs’ are questions most of us would, at least, give a passing thought to from time to time. It’s fascinating to accompany Sophie as she is indeed looked after and helped by her ‘guardian angel’ as she tries to work thoug
Georgia Rose
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was ever so slightly apprehensive about reading this book as I tend to steer clear of anything of a paranormal nature but I needn’t have worried. Tyler gives that side of things a light touch as she tells us about the choices Sophie Heron made in her earlier life that, on the run up to her fortieth birthday, she starts to think about more closely. One Valentine’s Day, 15 years ago, Sophie received four cards from four different men and had to choose her way forward and, facing difficulties in ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great short novel about a woman nearing her 40th birthday and wondering if she made the right choice in her romantic life. Via her much loved deceased aunt Flick, Sophie gets a preview of what might have been.
Though it sounds far fetched, it's actually quite sweetly done - I found it easy to suspend my disbelief as I was just enjoying reading how things unfolded so much.
I loved how it was as easy to see what Sophie saw in these guys, only to have it torn away by reality. For example, Kieran. H
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderfully imaginative and entertaining book from Terry Tyler. I always enjoy this author's books.

Round and Round is similar in theme to her novels "You Wish..." and "The Other Side", similar but completely different!

It has the wonderful magical quality of You Wish and the 'Sliding Doors' type of story like The Other Side.

Sophie Heron is approaching her 40th birthday and is miserable. She's unhappy in her relationship and this makes her wonder how different her life would have been if s
Karena Marie
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Ms. Tyler has delivered an excellent read! The magic of Terry Tyler's writing is that although you may or may not identify directly to one of her main characters, she definitely captures the unique nuances of the intricate and delicate relationships portrayed. You can see and relate to a piece of ourselves in her characters circumstances and from different points of view. In Round and Round, the story is relate-able in that we have all looked back and wondered 'what if I did somethin ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The question of ‘what if?’ has got to be one most of us have asked ourselves when we look back at our lives, especially our relationships. In this novella, Terry Tyler explores this question very thoroughly through her main character Sophie. It’s an interesting thought for all of us!

As Sophie reaches a point in her life where her discontentment at where she has arrived outweighs her joy in life she remembers her Aunt’s promise and visits their special place by the river. Asking her late Aunt Fli
Brenda Perlin
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Round And Round by Terry Tyler is a comfortable read. Easy to fall into the storyline  and get glued to the mystery that this tale holds. I found this to be an amusing book and even pretty insightful.

The writing is clear enough that the scenes come alive on the pages and the characters are realistic, likable and compelling in their own way. An enjoyable escape that entertained me all the way through.

Quote ~

"Over and over and round and round her mind went, thinking about that brief time fifteen
Mary Rowen
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's almost 1AM and I should be in bed--busy day tomorrow--but I couldn't stop reading Round and Round! Such a wonderful, insightful, interesting, and ultimately unpredictable story. I should also note that I'm not normally a fan of books with any element of the paranormal in them, but this one grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Terry Tyler is a skilled writer who knows her characters--all of them--and paints them in three vivid dimensions. A really lovely piece of work, and one I'd recommend to an ...more
Shelley Wilson
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I rarely read romance novels, opting for fantasy over real life any day, but Terry Tyler's novel Round And Round has converted me. I could relate so much to Sophie as I often over think my dreams (& life!) It was Auntie Flick who won me over, she is my kind of person and gave me my little fantasy/supernatural fix to make this a perfect read. Wonderfully woven storyline with a cast of adorable characters. ...more
R.C. Matthews
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read that I truly enjoy. The writing is straight-forward and the storytelling simple, but it held my interest throughout and I really wanted to know how it all ended. Who doesn't have those moments in their life when they wonder 'what might have been' if they's made different decisions? But what I took out of this book was that things happen for a reason and your decisions guide you where you ultimately need to be - even if you can't see it at first. Lovely story. ...more
Mandy Baggot
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A really good read. Real life mixed with a spiritual/paranormal element which adds lots of interest and intrigue. It reminded me of Sliding Doors with a similar theme set around how your whole life can change if you make one different decision which doesn't seem important at the time.

I really enjoy Terry Tyler's writing style and you can relate to all the characters. Recommended.
Eunice Pangiochi
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book

This was a great read. There were times that this book made me go back 15 years and think about my decisions. I agree with Sophie 40 is the new 30's. This is a good tread for any age. I read it in one sitting. I could not wait to read the outcome.
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