**spoiler alert** This is a delightful read, poignant and true to life. The characters are very well written and burst into life, all flawed but real!**spoiler alert** This is a delightful read, poignant and true to life. The characters are very well written and burst into life, all flawed but real! Henry has at all a dream wedding, a house being built for him, a loving family and then he doesn't. Zoe too is forging ahead in life, true her house may be small but she has Alex and a dream job and it's going well, until it isn't!
As the two of them separately come to terms with choices they have made and the hand that life has dealt them they meet one another. Neither is looking for anything serious and with Zoe going travelling in a few months having scrimped and saved for long enough to go both of them know this isn't going anywhere.
Other characters cause introspection and bring comedy, particularly Jenny who has asked Henry to build her a whole new set of teeth, the girls Zoe chums with who have helped her though the difficult times. Both sets of parents show their offspring that it is OK to make mistakes, to be sad and to try new things and each character is battling their own demons. The reader can relate to each of the characters.
I have to confess `I was slightly disappointed by the ending, but at the same time I understand why it ends the way it does but I enjoyed the roller coaster ride to get there. Having read Andy Jones' other book The Two of US, and enjoyed it I was delighted to discover the same quality of writing in this novel. Dialogue and settings are realising and there is a good balance of comedy and tragedy and all the bits in between. A great read....more
**spoiler alert** This is a feel good tale which zips along nicely. Laura is sure of a few things. She loves teaching, she is going to visit Australia**spoiler alert** This is a feel good tale which zips along nicely. Laura is sure of a few things. She loves teaching, she is going to visit Australia, the man she loves- Edwin, a colleague is out of reach and marrying his perfect for him fiancee and the Moonlight Hotel is her favourite place in the world. Then everything tilts on his head when she is invited to Salsa classes at the Moonlight Hotel. Here she finds out that the hotel has been sold to a group who are bound to change the interior and wipe away all that she values about the place. Things are not made easier when Emily, one of her best friends pairs off with Joe during Salsa lessons and then her other friend takes the other eligible bachelor. Australia seems far away and as Laura has to tackle the problems of her friends before her own her hopes and dreams seem further away by the day. The book has serious issues covered as well as the dangers of social media are played out. As events more on apace Laura finds her priorities changing, her feelings for those around her changing and by the end of the renovation will the moonlight hotel still be her favourite place in the world? Humour blended with emotion make this a lovely read and the characters are well drawn and well developed, we can sympathise with them as they go through the ups and downs life throws at them. Laura as the main character is likeable and the awkward moments as she tries to salsa and seduce Edwin are funny and cringy, but we've all been there. A good read!...more