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Sharon Pywell is the author of acclaimed novels After Everything, What Happened to Henry and My Other Mother. She grew up in upstate New York and although she was not a reader of romance novels, they were her salvation while snowed-in during a holiday in Alaska.
A rather special, magically quirky yet deeply dark novel, with a potentially misleading title - until you’ve read the book and all becomes clear! Sisters Lilly and Neave set up a cosmetics empire as the USA becomes involved in the Second World War. When Lilly goes missing, Neave finds herself in incredible danger. Sharon Powell writes with a sparkling pen, adding just enough enchantment, while retaining a gritty feeling of reality. Mr Boppit became a firm favourite of mine, I quite fell under his spell, particularly regarding his choice of shoewear. Another tale runs alongside and inside the main storyline, adding an extra dimension to the read. There is a sparkling alchemy to the writing, yet an ominous undertone ensured I was kept on the edge of my seat as the tension increased. ‘The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life’ is a particularly charming, wonderfully compelling read, do I recommend it, why yes, I most assuredly do!
Growing up in the shadow of the Second World War, the lives of sisters Lilly and Neave could not be more different. Lilly is a beauty who runs through men like water, while Neave is a bookworm who would rather read about love than experience it. While Lilly is breaking hearts, Neave escapes reality by losing herself in an illicit copy of The Pirate Lover, a romance in which the heroine is almost as swashbuckling as the hero. When the men return from war and take back their jobs, the sisters are expected to settle down and marry. Unwilling to give up their independence, they set out to create a makeup empire instead. But just as the business is taking off, Lilly disappears. Desperate to find her, Neave discovers a whole new meaning to the ties that bind and truth being stranger than fiction. A haunting, darkly funny and compelling tale of sisterhood that deftly weaves together shades of The Lovely Bones with a pirate romance, The Romance Reader's Guide to Life proves that sometimes the guiltiest of pleasures contain some essential kernels of truth about life. And you should always be kind to dogs. Praise for Sharon Pywell 's Everything After and What Happened to Harry: ';An utterly compelling book about the magical endurance of history, family, faith and love.' Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austin Book Club ';Beautifully written with a freshness and originality of style. I loved it.' Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat