Book To Movie Or Movie To Book

 

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Hope your all well! Today’s blog post, I’m discussing my thoughts on whether it’s better to read the book before you watch the movie or to watch the movie before you read the book!

At the beginning of this year I borrowed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel DVD from one of my friends; as I had never seen it before. I had the book there waiting to be read, however I decided to watch the movie first. I really enjoyed the film so much so,  that I couldn’t wait to read the actual book.

When I finished the book I was really quite disappointed to be totally honest. You can check out my full review Here but basically I just didn’t feel connected to the characters, setting or the story it’s self, I also found that there were some differences from the movie; which I suppose might have thrown me off. Maybe it was because I was trying to visualise the actors and actress’s as I read or maybe it was because I knew what what’s going to happen, I’m not quit sure.

I do feel that watching the film first really spoiled my reading experience of the book. So I think if I ever do this again then I would defiantly read the book first and watch the movie after!

So that’s my thought’s and feelings on book to movie or movie to book, how do you feel about this? Which way round do you tend to do it? As always you know I love to hear your thoughts! So feel free to add your comments!

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Book Review On: Broken Pieces of Tomorrow by Soulla Christodoulou

 

About the author (as seen in the book)

Soulla ChristodoulouBorn in London to Greek Cypriot parents Soulla Christodoulou spent much of her childhood living carefree days full of family, school and friends. She was the first in her family to go to University and studied BA Hotel& Catering Management at Portsmouth University. Years later, after having a family of her own she studied again at Middlesex University and has a PGCE in Business studies and an MA in Education.

Soulla is a fiction author and wrote her first novel roken Pieces of Tomorrow over a few months while working full-time in secondary education. The novel has been nominated for the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards. She is a mother of three boys.

She is a compassionate and empathetic supporter of young people. Her passion for teaching continues through private tuition of English Language and children’s Creative Writing Classes.

Her writing has also connected her with a charity in California which she is very much involved in as a contributor of handwritten letters every month to support and give hope to women diagnosed with breast cancer. One of her letters is featured in a book ‘Dear Friend’, released on Amazon in September 2017.

She also has a poetry collection, Sunshine after Rain, published on Amazon and is releasing her second novel, The Summer Will Come in March 2018 which has received an endorsement from William Mallinson, Author and Historian. Her current work I progress is titled Trust is a Big Word and will be her third fiction novel.

When asked, she will tell you she has always, somewhere on a subconscious level, wanted to write and her life’s experiences both personal and professional have played a huge part in bringing her to where she was always meant to be; writing books and drinking lots of cinnamon and cover tea!

Website: soulla-author.com

Blog: soulla-author.com/blog

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/soullabookauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/schristodoulou2

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/soullasays

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/asceducational

Publication date: 7th November 2017

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: Paperback 978-1549917042

Also available in Ebook format.

Pages: Paperback 492pages and Ebook 494pages

Genre: Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: The author

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Georgia, a second generation Greek Cypriot woman, marries her first love and settles in Finchley, London. But as her life progresses she finds herself swallowed up by her husband’s expectations and those of her family.

Ten years on she breaks away from the routine of being a wife and mother and secures a job in a local school as a secretary. It is here that she thrives and rekindles her passion for work and starts to think about a new career, despite her husband’s quiet protestation.

However, she soon faces an uncertain future after her marriage breaks down leaving her with three young sons and a life of broken pieces. Thrown into turmoil, her life becomes one of tears and heartache. But with laughter, courage and determination, Georgia and her best friend, Thalia, who has troubles of her own, adapt to a new, different path.

My Review

Broken pieces of tomorrow front coverFirstly before I start my review, I would just like to thank Soulla very much for kindly asking me to read, review and sending me a singed copy no less!!! In return to give my honest thought’s and feeling’s on my reading experience of her work.

I had the pleasure of reading her second book  The Summer Will Come and really enjoyed reading and learnt quite a bit too.

This front cover is so very striking! The blue backing that gradually gets darker and a heart-shaped mirror; with cracks coming off it, made me feel intrigued in a way. As you know I’m a fan of the swirly writing of the title and Soulla’s name because I think it gives off a more personal touch.

Georgia marries her very first love Nicolas; their wedding is full of love and Greek Cypriot traditions; surrounded by their family and friends. Nicolas work’s hard while Georgia stays at home to rise their three son’s and run the house. Now the boy’s are all at school and with her husband disappearing or late home, Georgia want’s a bit more from life than just being a mother and wife and decides to get a part-time job. Nicolas makes his concern’s heard and agrees as long as she can still cope with the boy’s and their commitments and the house. She knows she can do this and applies for a secretary for a secondary school’s music department. When Georgia get’s the job, she juggles her home life and work life, the only problem is Nicolas and his snide comments and often turning up at home late with some excuse or other. Her suspicion of her husbands where about’s grow’s more and more. On the other hand her work life is great and it gives her the confidence to what more from her work and considers studying to be a teacher. But with her marriage on a rocky path her world is about to turn upside down as she discovers what her husband has been up too! But what has he done? what does this mean for the family? Can Georgia manage what is about to happen to her?

Georgia has a best friend Thalia who has fallen out of love with her controlling  husband Tony and decides to end her marriage to him. These two women show great strength for each other providing much-needed support through good and bad times.

Broken Pieces of Tomorrow had me hooked from the very first page, it was really an exceptional read indeed. I really found it hard to put down as Georgia’s story unfolded before my very eye’s. I also found that I was visualising the characters while I was reading which is always a good sing in my eye’s ( excuse the pun!) I think my most favourite thing about this book is Georgia and Thalia’s friendship. They support each other through all the up’s and down’s, and give each other much-needed advice. I found their friendship really beautiful and every woman should have a best friend like that!!!! Another thing I really stick’s out to me is Georgia’s determination because boy does she have a bumpy ride through this book!!!!!

Soulla has written such a well thought out story; which is gripping,  intriguing and above all a dam good read! She has a wonderful writing style which I enjoy immensely I will definitely be returning to re-read both of her book’s without a doughty!

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Book Review On: On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

 

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About the author (as seen in  the book)

Tracey Garvis GravesTracey Garvis Graves lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband and two children. This is her first novel. She blogs at http://www.traceygarvisgraves.com, using colourful language and a snarky sense of humour to write about pop culture, silly television shows and her suburban neighbourhood. She is hard at work on her next novel.

 

Blog: http://www.traceygarvisgraves.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/tgarvisgraves

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tgarvisgraves

Publication date: Paperback 2012, Hardback 26th December 2012, Ebook 28th May 2012

Publisher: Penguin (Paperback), Wheeler Publishing (Hardback)

http://www.penguin.com

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-405-91021-7

Hardback 978-1410453150

Also available in Ebook and Audiobook

Pages: Paperback 368 pages, Hardback 467 pages, Ebook 334 pages

Genre: Contemporary/ Fiction/ Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: My own copy

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

When thirty year old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a summer job tutoring TJ Callahan at his family’s holiday home in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation.

TJ is almost seventeen and as if having had cancer wasn’t bad enough, he now has to spend his first summer in remission with his family and a pile of overdue essays- instead of his friends.

Anna and TJ are en route to join TJ’s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Marooned on an uninhabited island, Anna and TJ work together to obtain water, food, fire and shelter, but as the days turn to weeks, then months and, finally years. Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man…

My Review

On The Island By Tracey Garvis Graves

What a great front cover this is!!! It’s simple and so alluring, I could quite happily go there!!!!! The blue of the sky and the fluffy white clouds as it meets the turquoise sea. A lady gazing out to sea stands on the sandy shore, in a pink dress. Tracey’s name is coloured in a pale blue and actually looks good against the sky behind. The title is in white and stands out well.

I have to admit this book I’ve read more than a few time’s and is one I return to because I still enjoy re-reading it!!!!!!

30 Year old English teacher Anna Emerson, is currently in a relationship, that’s clearly not going anywhere. She keep’s putting off breaking up so when she get’s offered a summer tutoring job, in the Maldives; she jumps at the chance to get away for the whole summer. Her student is 17-year-old TJ Callaham; who is currently in remission from cancer and need’s to catch up on all the school work he missed.

The Callaham’s go on ahead to the Maldives as TJ wanted to go to a party with his friends and would meet Anna at the air port and travel to the island together. After a few delay’s TJ and Anna finally get a sea plane to take them to the island.

On the fight disaster strikes, as their piolet suffers a heart attack, causing the plain to crash-land into the sea. Floating in the water battered and bruised TJ manages to find knocked out Anna and float for a whole night. In day light TJ spots land and manages to swim dragging Anna to land. When Anna come’s round, they both go and explore their surroundings. They look for thing’s to help their survival. Day’s turn into month’s and years, they have more than a few obstacles they have to deal with, with what they have around them. Anna and TJ start to get feelings for each other as the time goes on, they share their worries, support to each other. Will they get rescued? If they do what will happen to their relationship? How will their family’s react? Will they survive what they island throws at them? Will TJ get sick again?

As I said earlier in my review I have read this book a few times, simply because I adore it! It has everything, drama, survival, romance, and learning to leave with what they have around them. These two characters show shear determination throughout the story. The setting was abserlotlly stunning as uninhabited islands go!!!! On The Island is certainly eventful!!!!

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Book Review On: The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton

 

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About the author (as seen in the book)

juliet ashtonAt home in Surry, Juliet Ashton writes all day in her small study while her two dogs stare at her. The rest of her house, which is full of music and books and comfy places to sit, she shares with her twelve- year-old daughter and her husband, who’s a composer (hence the music). She belives whole heartedly in the power of books to improve lives, increase understanding and while away happy hours.

 

 

Website: http://www.berniestachan.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/julietstories

Publication date: 19th April 2018

Publisher: Simon and Shuster

http://www.simonandshuster.co.uk

http://www.simonandshuster.co.au

http://www.simonandshuster.in

ISBN: Paperback 978-14711-6838-3

Ebook 978-1-4711-6839-0

Also available in Audiobook

Pages: Paperback and Ebook 416 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Part of a bundle giveaway I won from the publishers

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is … don’t make any afternoon plans.

Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it’s said in the wrong way.

Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.

Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?

My Review

A massive thank you to Simon and Schuster for putting on these wonderful giveaways the do on Twitter; to which I won this book as part of a bundle! What a luck lady I am!!!!

The Sunday Lunch Club Book Cover

I adore every thing about this front cover! Isn’t it just a delightful?!?! I love the turquoise backing, and the way the title coloured in white bold lettering, drawing you eye’s right in! Then around the title its bursting with blooming flowers, wine glass, tea-cup, a ring in a box and at the bottom a dinner place setting. At the bottom the author’s name is coloured in a dark blue. All in all this cover is wonderful and dear I say a perfect cover!!! It kind of gives you a bit of an insight to thing’s that may happen in the book!

Since I read The Woman at Number 24  I have been eager to discover more of her stories! I think it’s because her characters are like normal everyday people; making them relatable!

The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton based around the Piper family. They devised the Sunday lunch club, where each family member take it in turns to host the club at their home. Their lunch’s also had addental members in the form of stray friends.

The Piper family consists of an ageing grandmother Dinkie, siblings Neil, Anna, Maeve and Josh. Their parents moved to Florida, leaving their grandmother to keep the family all together. All the grandchildren become a bit concerned about their grandmother and the care she is receiving at her care home; when asked she say’s she is fine. But is she?

Anna 40 single divorced runs a business called Artem Accessories with her ex husband in an office built-in her back garden. At Paloma’s welcome party she has a steamy encounter with the cocktail waiter; which will give her the shock of her life months after!

Her brother Neil is married to his Spanish husband Santiago. The couple is going through the long and stressful adoption process to adopt 3 and a half month old Paloma. Santiago is flamboyant and clearly a good father but Neil struggles with not just his daughter but the whole coming out thing and the way his parents treaded him. His also is finding it hard seeing the way his grandmother is with his family unit and thinks she isn’t accepting him being gay or Paloma. But is her wrong about this? Can he deal with being a father?

 

Maeve and Josh are the younger of the siblings. Maeve is a single hippy and vegetarian she has a teenage son Storm. And Josh well he sometimes ducks out of Sunday Lunch Club, but when he is there he seems really with drawn and not himself, which doesn’t go unnoticed. But what is going on? Is Maeve happy on her own? Will find her special someone? How will Storm feel?

Josh introduces his Italian friend Luca to his family and friends and is welcomed into the group. Luca and Anna have an immediate connection and start a steamy relationship. Luca accepts her whole situation and they seem to get along just nicely but when she finds a photo in his wallet of him with another woman who puts their relationship into question. Could Anna have got it wrong? Is she about to go into the next part of her situation alone with out him? Will she give him a chance to explain? Is Luca and Josh holding something back from the family? How did Josh and Luca meet? Why is Anna hiding her secret?

Wow, what a book! I have to admit right now that I read The Sunday Lunch Club twice, it’s really that good! I felt totally engaged to all the characters and each one’s individual trills and tribulations they all go through. I love at the start of each Sunday lunch club there was the name of who was hosting and the lunch that was being served; which on some occasions made me hungry!!!! The author has made the story’s so relatable, because lets face it all families have their quirks and the Piper family have them in abundance. I have to say there are a few giggly parts which did get me laughing while I read; which is always a plus in my eye’s!!!!!!!!!

The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton shows a modern family, with normal everyday problems, how they come together and at the end of the day only want’s what’s best for each family member. Juliet has written another ace book in my opinion and was just as good the second time around! I will be eagerly awaiting her next book for sure!

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Book Review On: The City Bakers Guide To Country Living by Louise Miller

 

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About the author (as seen in the book)

Louise Miller- The city bakers guide to country livingLouise Miller is a pastry chef who lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. She is an art school dropout, an amateur flower gardener, an old-time banjo player, an obsessive moviegoer, and a champion of old dogs. The City Bakers Guide To Country Living is her debut novel. Her new novel, The Late Bloomers’ Club is forthcoming from Pamela Dorman Books.

 

Website: louisemillerauthor.tumblr.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/louisemillerauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/louisethebaker

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/louisethebaker

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/Louise_Miller

Publication date: 9th August 2016

Publisher: Penguin Books

http://www.penguin.com

ISBN: Paperback 9781101981214

Hardback 978110198127

Ebook 9781101981221

Also available in Audio CD

Pages: 352 pages (Paperback and Hardback) 345pages (Ebook)

Genre: Fiction/ Contemporary

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Borrowed from a friend

Blurb (as seen on Amazon)

When Olivia Rawlings–pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club–sets not just her flambeed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of–the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, home of Bag Balm, the country’s longest-running contra dance, and her best friend Hannah. But the getaway turns into something more lasting when Margaret Hurley, the cantankerous, sweater-set-wearing owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, offers Livvy a job. Broke and knowing that her days at the club are numbered, Livvy accepts.
Livvy moves with her larger-than-life, uberenthusiastic dog, Salty, into a sugarhouse on the inn’s property and begins creating her mouthwatering desserts for the residents of Guthrie. She soon uncovers the real reason she has been hired–to help Margaret reclaim the inn’s blue ribbon status at the annual county fair apple pie contest.
With the joys of a fragrant kitchen, the sound of banjos and fiddles being tuned in a barn, and the crisp scent of the orchard just outside the front door, Livvy soon finds herself immersed in small town life. And when she meets Martin McCracken, the Guthrie native who has returned from Seattle to tend his ailing father, Livvy comes to understand that she may not be as alone in this world as she once thought.
But then another new arrival takes the community by surprise, and Livvy must decide whether to do what she does best and flee–or stay and finally discover what it means to belong. Olivia Rawlings may finally find out that the life you want may not be the one you expected–it could be even better.

My Review

The city bakers guide to country living front coverThe front cover is like a perfect winter picture and makes me want to snuggle up in nice soft blanket! From the forest of Christmas trees covered in a coating of snow to the truck carrying some cut down trees in the back, down a snowy track. The author’s name is coloured in a bright orange and the colour has carried on around the edge in the form of branches; which really makes the cover bright and eye-catching. The title is in a darker blue than the sky and stands out well.

This book was borrowed from a friend after she recommended it to me! Louise Miller is a new author to me, so I was quite excited to start to read.

The story starts off in Boston (America) where Olivia (Livvy) is a very distinguished pastry chef at the very prestigious Emerson Club. She just so happens to be having a fling with not just a married man, but a much older man; who is the president to the club James! When the club is in the missed of a special occasion, Livvy manages to set the place alight! Livvy is told to take time away from the club while the repairs are being done. Mortified and ashamed she flees Boston with her dog Salty to her best friend Hannah’s in Guthrie, Vermont in a bit to hide away.

Livvy knows she can’t stay with her best friend and her husband (who she doesn’t really like) for ever and she need’s to work out what she is going to do for work. Hannah adores having her best friend close by and thinks she should stay! Hannah tells Livvy of a job going in a local Inn called the Sugar Maple Inn; who are in need of a baker. Deciding she has nothing to lose Livvy goes for her interview with owner Margaret. Her interview is not just conducted by Margaret but her best friend Dotty. After she has been shown around and that she will be staying in the Sugar House behind the Inn because the room on offer is near the kitchen and Salty can’t be near the kitchen area. Livvy is asked to bake an apple pie in front of them; while they watch and chat. Margaret seems to come across as moody and offish with Livvy but informs her she has got the job and lodgings. Livvy is shocked she gave her the job but very grateful and is eager to get back in the kitchen and bake!

As Salty and Livvy settle in their new home and into country life; which is so different from her life in Boston. She is asked to play her banjo in a local band and catches the eye of Martin the fiddler player (Dotty’s Son). Martin is back in town be with his parents, as his father is very ill. He enjoys Livvy’s company as the begin to spend more time together and with his family; to which she is becoming attached to. She even enters a baking competition however getting used to local gossip takes some getting used to, but either way she becomes quite attached and at home here. Hannah becomes a bit annoyed Livvy hasn’t been spending much time with her but she has some exciting news! What could it be? Why is Margaret so off hand-ish with Livvy? Will Livvy and Martin be more than friends? Or will something get in the way? Can Livvy make her new life work? Or will she go back to Boston with her tail between her legs?

I have to say first off, you can certainly tell that the author is a chef because the description of the lovely bakers treats through the book was wonderful and out of this world. It did make me hungry though so I suggest that you have something yummy in while you read, because you will need it!!!!!! However for me the actual story started off really quit slowly but I persevered with it till the end and did manage to get into it in the end. The characters were all really likeable and there are many high’s and low’s for them all!!!

 

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My Thoughts On How To Read More!

Hi lovely bookish folk,

So, today as you’ve probably guessed from the title I’m sharing my thought’s on how to read more!

 

The only way I feel I can give my opinion on this is to draw on my own reading journey so far. I did a post about this last year which you can check out Here

My reading journey didn’t start seriously till I was in my 20’s (2006); when I found out I was dyslexic. Before I often found reading frustrating and would very rarely finished a book to the end. My dyslexic assessor was great and explained thing’s to me and gave me helpful tips!

In 2006 I read a total of 13 books in that year and then fast forward to last year (2017) and I read an amazing grand total of 65 books in the year. (which on all accounts, I never thought I would ever do when I first started!) Now the only things I’ve done is

1.I just read!

2.I have a dictionary near me while I read. Just in case I get stuck on a word I’m struggling to read!

3.Use a postcard or bookmark to guide me while I read. (so the words don’t jumble up!)

That’s it! Point’s 2 and 3 are merely tool’s in which to aid with my dyslexia, but having said that I do feel that they have helped me to be able to read more as the years have gone on. In my humble opinion the more you read the faster your reading will get; and therefore you will in turn read more book’s (Hopefully!!!) But this will only happen over time and isn’t a steadfast way to reading more books.

I’m not going to fib to toy and say each year you’ll defiantly read more book each year… because undoubtedly there will  be years you don’t. Like for instance in 2012 I read a total of 47 books and in the following year (2013) I only managed to read 32 books. This  could have been for any number of reasons like from life in general, my mood, special occasions or my dyslexia; which can all play a big part in how long I would have to spend on reading.

What I will say is that the more I read the faster my reading has become. Don’t get me wrong if I’m having a trying day with my dyslexia my reading slows down anyway. So really the key to reading more books is simply to keep reading!!!!!!!!

 

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Book Review On: Awake Under The Night Sky by Vanya Sharma

 

About the author (as seen on Amazon)

Vanya SharmaVanya Sharma was born in India and has spent much of her life traveling, living in cities around the world. It was through her grandfather’s storytelling that she developed her passion for writing. She now lives in England with her husband and two daughters and is a full-time working mum.

 

 

Website: http://www.vanyasharma.co.uk

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VanyaSharma

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Vanya_Sharma

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/vanys_sharma

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/VanyaSharma

Publication date: 13th September 2017 Paperback, 4th September 2017 Hardback

Publisher: Creatspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: Paperback: 978-1976233333

Hardback: 978-1999774783

Also available in Ebook format.

Pages: 326 pages Paperback and 328 pages Hardback

Genre: Romance/ Women’s Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Author

Blurb (as seen on Amazon)

A deeply moving love story which will touch your heart!

A Twenty-year-old Andre is found unconscious on a raft off the coast of Murano, Italy. Rescued by his father, Andre realizes his downward spiral over the past few months and strives to emerge from the clutches of his past. Witness to the ravages of poverty and neglect, an Eighteen-year-old Vivian is driven by a purpose, in a world that seems to have lost its conscience.

One unknown country, two unknown people and a chance meeting that changes their lives forever. No matter how strongly he feels for her, he has a past to restore and she has a future to change. But the vagaries of fate which follow are just the beginning…

My Review

I must firstly say thank you to Vanya for getting in touch with me asking me to read, and give my honest thoughts on her book Awake Under The Night Sky! Also for kindly sending me a singed paperback.

front cover for awake under the night sky by Vanya SharmaWhen I look at this front cover to this book, it takes me to a far away place. It’s simply stunning the way the cover has been split in to two half’s. At the to a young couple are having a cuddle under a starry sky, looking completely comfortable  and at ease with each other. Under the title a woodland, a lake with a row-boat bobbing in the middle and  buildings poking through the tops of the trees. The author’s name is situated in the lake. I think it’s safe to say I blooming adore this front cover very much! Great design and I can say now I’ve read it, it’s pretty perfect for this story!

Andre; a twenty year old man, is suddenly in the clutches of his past. After an accident and being rescued by his father; Andre knows what he has to do for his future. He want’s to get his father’s Italian glass factory back to what it used to be, and is determined to do so. When his father get’s a job in New Deli, they both agree this will be good for them to get away from the past for a while. Andre is thrust into a new country and new college. His clear plan and determination shines through his study’s. When he meet’s the beautiful Vivian he doesn’t count on falling head over heals with her.

Vivian moves to New Deli with her family to start college. After taking a trip with her grandmother to Africa; where she see’s first hand the poverty, neglect and a place that need so much help. Heartbroken by what she see’s but it gives her the determination to study hard and follow in her grandmother’s footsteps to go back and help these people. But she doesn’t count on fall in for Andre!

Andre and Vivian spend many of their free hours together, falling madly and deeply in love with each other. The both accept each other’s clear goals they each have but they will take them into different country’s and they both struggle with not being together. Andre makes a drastic decision to end their relationship and set Vivian free. It breaks both their hearts but one things they do know is that they both have things that drive them forward to their goals. But has Andre done the right thing? Will they find any happiness without each other? Will they both achieve their goals? Will their path’s cross through the years? How will they react if they do? Will they admit they want to be together? Or will they try to find happiness else where?

From the very first chapter I felt so enchanted and wrapped up in Andre and Vivian’s love story. The intensity of their relationship is truly addictive to read and made me what to read on. I feel Vanya has really written a very refreshing, emotional story and has a genuine talented for writing. I really felt immersed on a deep level in this story to the point that what ever was going on around me, well I was not really aware of it!!!!

I thoughly enjoyed every second of Awake Under The Night Sky and I can’t recommend this beautifully written story enough! I’m defiantly re-reading again at some point for sure!!!!!!

                                                      Marie’s Book Boutique gives

                                   Awake Under The Night Sky by Vanya Sharma

                                                        5 wonderful Sparkly Stars

5stars

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