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I wasn't too sure about this book based on the opening few pages. Initially, I thought the sentence structure was clumsy and the prose was unnecessarily "wordy". As the book progressed, however, these issues disappeared and I soon started to enjoy this book. It's a good story, amusing and entertaining, so it's easy to read, perfect for relaxing in the sunshine. Not all of the characters are particularly deep but the narrator, Beth, comes across as a lovely person, someone you would be happy to spend time with. I would have enjoyed more interaction between Beth and her mother who clearly have some issues which could be explored. It's well-constructed,and mostly very well written. I particularly liked the way the chapters are named and constructed. I've not read any books by Kirsty Olliffe before but I will definitely read any other books that Kirsty writes.
Pauline Braisher, A LoveReading Ambassador
At its heart, this is a novel about defying expectations to achieve happiness. Sometimes the thing that everyone expects you to do isn't the right thing for you to do, and it takes a lot of personal strength to realise that. Some people have this strength, and others have to work to attain it. This is a story about a woman who had to work to attain it.
|Publication date:||5th December 2015|
|Publisher:||Createspace Independent Pub|
|Primary Genre||Romantic Fiction|
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Beth is the very antithesis of the modern heroine, who always knows her own mind and acts accordingly, but that just makes the reader like her more.
Beth is the very antithesis of the modern heroine, who always knows her own mind and acts accordingly, but that just makes the reader like her more. When Gerard asks Beth to marry him, she immediately says yes, as she can't bear to disappoint her childhood friend. She then spends the remainder of the book running the whole gamut of emotions, as indicated by the titles of the chapters, whilst trying to make herself appear totally unsuitable to be his wife so that Gerard will end their engagement and let her off the hook. This he does do in the end or, at least, the reader is happy that a compromise is reached. This book is very entertaining and easy to read but it does touch on some serious issues too. The romanticized expectations within relationships, peer pressure, the continuance of the class system, care for the elderly and family dynamics are all addressed but without becoming heavy and detracting from the overall pleasure of the reading.