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A Yorkshire Christmas by Kate Hewitt | Book Review

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A  cute little read that was finished in one sitting. Fed up with her superficial family, Claire decides to avoid the ‘perfect’ Christmas with her family in American and decides to take residence of her godmother’s cosy cottage in Yorkshire. Having her own emotional baggage from the past, Claire yearns nothing more for a peaceful and quiet Christmas.

After her car skids into a snow bank, Claire has the fortunate pleasure of meeting Noah and eventually his daughter Molly – the family and love she’d craved for a very long time. Claire helps Noah to push the back end of one of his sheep out of the icy mud, even if she’s going to ruin her brand new pair of Prada boots, the meeting between the two begins the early stages of their romance.

Hewitt combines and develops the characters of Noah and Claire by allowing the third person narrative to focus on both character’s viewpoints.

The writing was engaging, descriptive and effortless to read. I loved that both Claire and Noah had past relationships which still had an impact on them in the present as they seemed like realistic characters, one that I could relate to.

I found the ending to be a bit rushed for a novella. I would have liked to read a bit more of a realistic ending. But if anything, it was a pleasure to read that I wish it wasn’t a novella and that I could read more about the relationship of Claire and Noah.

Would recommend to anyone that wants a light and easy read.

 A Yorkshire Christmas was published by Tule Publishing.

2016 · commercial fiction · fiction · HarperCollins Publishers · Maze Books · Romance · Uncategorized

Girl on a Plane Review

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Did it just get hot in here! Girl on a Plane is sexy and scintillating and I can guarantee that it’ll have your adrenaline pumping when reading about Sinead and Gabriel’s heated romance (as it did with mine!)

Sinead, the main protagonist of the novel, is a beautiful airhostess that just so happens to meet first –class-flying, Australian business man, Gabriel. Due to a tropical storm interrupting the flights, both Gabriel and Sinead coincidentally book the same hotel room, upon where they meet again.

This really is a jet-setting book with action all over the world – quite literally, the characters find themselves in Melbourne, London, Singapore, Paris and Thailand.

It’s not hard to see that there is an instant attraction and chemistry between Sinead and Gabriel that is simmering, even if Sinead is wary of entering into a relationship due to being badly hurt before by a previous partner. This is not your typical romance book where boy meets girl and they fall in love. Girl on a Plane deals with more than your average romance story line.  Sinead and Gabriel are well developed characters that are also relatable. We can instantly understand both perspectives, as the story is told through both Sinead and Gabriels perspective.

Girl on a Plane also deals with various sub plots such as Gabriels mum having health problems, which puts a lot of pressure on Gabriel as well as Sinead being tormented by her pscho ex partner, she also has a non existing relationship with her mother and her little sister dips in and our of her life. When these various sub plots are brought up, the tension and drama is undeniable making it impossible for me to put this book down.

Girl on a Plane is Cassandra O’Leary’s debut novel and was published by Maze Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

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Eat Pray Love Review

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I first came across Eat Pray Love when a friend of mine recommended it to me. It is Elizabeth Gilbert first best selling spiritual memoir. where she explores her divorce with her husband, and long-term partner, which then paved the desire for taking the courageous journey on the road to self-discovery.

Liz was thirty one when her marriage and prosperous lifestyle crashed head first with a grueling divorce, followed by a passionate and then not-so-passionate love affair with a guy called David, that ended up in bitterness. Liz snaps up the opportunity to fly to Bali to write a story about yoga vacations. There she comes across other influential characters: one is a ninth- generation Indonesian medicine man, and the other, Felipe, her new love. Eat Pray Love covers Liz’s travels to Italy, India, and Bali. She decides to dedicate a year of her life eating whatever she wants, meditating and finding out who she really is without any pressure to find a man to make her happy. Liz’s publisher who was eager to see how Liz could transfer her experiences abroad into writing and hence Eat Pray Love was born.

It’s hard not to like Liz. She narrates her story and her well-developed voice throughout the memoir allows me to really get a good understanding of her as a character. Basing the memoir on herself also heightened my interest in the book as it’s always nice to find out more about the writer behind the work. With a prominent voice, it’s as if she’s sitting beside you, telling her experiences to you.

Not many writers can develop their narratives as effectively to make the reader feel that way. Liz doesn’t shy away from expressing the good, the bad, the ugly and the happiest moments. I think a writer that focuses their work on themselves is courageous to reveal a part of their life for the world to read and critique.

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The novel has a clear structure: Italy – thirty-six tales about the pursuit of pleasure, India – thirty-six tales about the pursuit of devotion and then Bali – thirty-six tales about the pursuit of balance.

What I liked most about Eat Pray Love was the simplicity of being able to love yourself for all that you are, and all that you aren’t. Which, I must admit, is not always an easy thing to do! Yet by following Liz through her journey of accepting and forgiving herself for her divorce, for all the bad relationships, for all the mistakes; it’s refreshing to see a woman put her desires and needs first instead of a man’s. And that taught me a thing or two too about where I stand with relationships.

Ironically, Liz does find love towards the end of the novel, which makes me happy for her, though this happens once she has learnt about herself and she had recovered from the guilt from the past, and has healed from her divorce.

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I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to be inspired about life, love in general, loving yourself and looking within to find the answers.