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The Romance Reader's Guide to Life

by Sharon Pywell

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories Sagas and Romance

LoveReading View on The Romance Reader's Guide to Life

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! 

Liz Robinson

The Romance Reader's Guide to Life Synopsis

The most entertaining and chilling novel you will read this year, by the acclaimed author Sharon Pywell. Growing up in the shadow of the Second World War, twin sisters Lilly and Neave could not be more different: Lilly is a beauty who runs through men like water, but Neave is a bookworm who would rather read about life than live it. While Lilly is breaking hearts, Neave loses herself in the illicit romance novel The Pirate Lover. As grown women they are expected to settle down and marry, but instead they set their sights on creating their own cosmetics business - that is, until Lilly suddenly disappears... Desperate to find her sister, Neave receives help from the most unlikely of places, proving that the bond between sisters can overcome anything in life - and beyond. A haunting, darkly funny and thrilling tale of sisterhood, showing us that sometimes the guiltiest of pleasures can be our salvation.

The Romance Reader's Guide to Life Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A complete 'one off!' A highly original and irresistible novel which drew me in from the very first chapter. Full review

Val Rowe

An unusual and interesting story about sisterly love and how it transcends the differences between them, their lives, their separation and ultimately even death itself. Full review

Lynne Manton

Not my usual choice of genre, found the multi strands of narrator confusing at times, leading to a lack of the detail I wanted in each strand of the parallel stories. Full review

Jane Witts

This original and unique book tells the story of two sisters from their childhood in post war Massachusetts, though the building of their successful cosmetics business. Full review

Emma Barton

Slow start but stick with it. The author gives us interesting characters and a tense second half. Not your typical romance novel. Full review

Maureen Ward

The Romance Reader's Guide to Life Press Reviews

Smart, funny, and compulsively readable - Kirkus

A fascinating blend of genres that flows together seamlessly, creating the most original story I've read in a long time. This riveting suspense story manages to be darkly comic... while dealing with complex family dynamics that can fester for years... deliciously entertaining -- Chevy Stevens, Author of Never Let You Go 

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ISBN: 9780715652114
Publication date: 13/07/2017
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd an imprint of Duckworth Overlook
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780715652114
Publication date: 13th July 2017
Author: Sharon Pywell
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd an imprint of Duckworth Overlook
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance,

About Sharon Pywell

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.

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