Review on Letters To Eloise by Emily Williams and Q and A

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About the author

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Emily Williams Lives by the seaside in West Sussex with her family and a large menagerie of small pets. After graduating from Sussex University with a BA in Psychology, Emily trained as a primary school teacher and teaches in a local school.

Letters to Eloise in her debut novel. For more information about Emily and her upcoming novels, please follower her on Twitter @EmilyRMWilliams

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publication Date: 17 February 2017

ISBN: paperback 978-0-9957421-0-9 (also available in ebook format)

Publisher: Lutino Publications

lutinopublications@yahoo.com

Format: ebook

Copy provided by: Author

Blurb ( as seen on Amazon)

When post-graduate student Flora falls unexpectedly pregnant during her final year studies she hits a huge predicament; continue a recent affair with her handsome but mysterious lecture who dazzles her with love letters taken from the ancient tale of ‘Abelard and Heloise’, chase after the past with her estranged first love?

But will either man be there to support her during the turmoil ahead?

‘Banish me, therefore, forever from your heart’, Abelard to Heloise.

Letters to Eloise is the heart-wrenching debut epistolary novel by Emily Williams; a love story of misunderstandings, loss and betrayal but ultimately the incredible bond between mother and child.

My Review

Before I start my review I would firstly like to congratulate lovely Emily on her beautifully written debut novel, and secondly to say thank-you to Emily for asking me to review Letters to Eloise on Marie’s Book Boutique, I was over joyed when you asked!

When I saw the front cover of Letters to Eloise I adored it instantly! Looking at it now makes me want to just want to grab my kindle and read it all again! I love the way the pregnant lady is a siloet with a love heart on her belly; which I really found endearing and beautiful. The pettles pressed into the paper effect is really a lovely touch, also the title of the book is written in a hand writing affect which give it a detonate personal touch. I’m going to say this front cover has to be my favourite right now. Its perfect!!!!

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Letters to Eloise is a beautiful story about un expecting pregnancy, motherhood, letters to unborn child, true love, lover’s, friendship, university life and some misunderstandings. The story is packed full of emotion throughout which had me glued to my kindle.

In this story Flora a post graduate who finds out that she is unexpectedly pregnant, she feels the only way she can get her thoughts, feelings throughout her pregnancy, and her life at university  so she starts writing letters to her unborn baby. I think the author Emily has very cleverly intertwined the letters with a few recollections, which joins the story together, it’s a very unique way to tell a story and bind it together.

I really enjoyed all the characters in this story especially Flora’s best friend Brook from America. She is so supportive to Flora, only has her best interests at heart. Every girl need’s a Brook in their life right? Then their’s Flora’s two love interests her first River; who was in his last year at university studying photography when they met. I adored this relationship and watching there grow, I found myself their relationship egging them on and willing them to find each other again. When Flora thinks her relationship with River was over she got wooed by Tate a lecturer at the university. Tate is a very wistful and poetic character and doesn’t really give to much away about his life. I felt he enchanted Flora with love letters into a romantic notion of a relationship. When Flora goes home to tell her parents, they were so supportive inparticul her father, her mother is a bit fie to begin with. Her father writes Flora the most beautiful letter to say how pleased and proud of her he was.

You get a sence in the story that Flora holds back somethings in her letters, which totally entreged me and make me so engrossed in the book that I didn’t notice anything else that was happening in my home! I think at the author Emily very cleverly ties all the lose end’s together. ( I will just say you will need to have a tissue at the end)

The story is written in three parts as in the three trimesters of a pregnancy and I really found it fascinating throughout the way the information of the baby’s growth and development during the pregnancy was amazing and insightful.

I really enjoyed this book so very much, the plot, characters, and pace is truly wonderfully written. I loved reading about Elosie’s growth and development as she grows which I think adds a nice touch to the story. I thought the little baby foot prints throughout were sooooo cute and found my self going awwwww!

Emily you have truly written a wonderful book here and I adored it so much; such a joy to read and full of emotion! I would highly recommend this book and just so you know Emily I will defiantly be looking out for more of you books in the future!

Today Marie’s Book Boutique gives Letters to Elosie by Emily Williams a big 5 sparkly stars!!!!

 

 

5stars

Q and A with Emily Williams

 

Firstly I would like to thank Emily for joining us today on Marie’s Book Boutique for a Q and A! And also I would like to congratulate you on your debut novel Letters To Eloise, at truly wonderful story!

Thank you so much! That is very kind. It is such a pleasure to be on your blog, thank you for inviting me. I do hope you enjoy reading more about me and learning about Letters to Eloise.

What gave you inspiration for Letters to Eloise?

There were many inspirations for Letters to Eloise. I had been writing plot notes in a notebook for a while, but none of the stories really grabbed me. Then suddenly, this one came to mind and I jotted down a rough timeline and plot. Looking back at those notes, most of the ideas for Letters to Elosie came from those initial jottings. Different aspects of the story are inspired by different parts of my own life, for example, I based the university on my own experiences in halls at both Leicester and Sussex University.

As for why I chose the original idea, or how it came to me, I’m not sure. I was just in a time in my own life where I wanted to settle down and start a family. The novel must have kicked stared something as I fell pregnant with my first child a couple of months after finishing the first draft!

How long did it take you to write? (from writing to publication day)

Writing Letters to Elosie took a very long time! I started it over four years ago. I set myself a deadline and stuck to it, booking myself into a writers’ workshop at Regents College in London as the motivation to finish. It took three months from the initial plot ideas to complete the finish draft. Then I fell pregnant…

As Flora was also pregnant, I couldn’t bring myself to edit the novel. You will understand why when you read it!

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The book was put on hold (in the meantime it was beta and proof read) until I returned to all the editing notes after having my second child last July.

Therefore, it has been a long process but I have learnt a massive amount along the way.

Did you plan the story out or did you just write?

It has been different for each book, but for Letters to Elosie I was very disciplined. I found previously that many unplanned stories would dwindle in the middle or run it’s course without a proper ending, so I planned Letters to Elosie differently.

I wrote detailed notes on each character, plotted the timeline with dates and a guideline for every letter Flora wrote. I spent time just post-it noting any ideas the gathering it all together into one big chapters’ grid.

I wrote the book, letter by letter, but not in any particular order. I found that this was the best way to overcome writers block; I just picked which letter I felt like writing. It did mean that I had to change the initial overview plan several times as the story took me ‘off grid’! Several characters developed further, as the story unfolded, which changed the plot outline a little, and added new elements.

I also had to go through with a fine toothcomb to check I had not slipped up and made plot holes due to chopping and changing. I really enjoyed the process.

Do you hand write or type straight onto the computer?

I started some of the letters into my notebook handwritten and then later typed them up. When I got into the flow of writing the letters, they were then all on the laptop.

But the initial ideas were all handwritten, on post-its and scribbles in the notebook, which I love to look at still.

What’s your favorite all time book? and why?

I’ am an all round reader, and don’t usually stick to a particular genre so it is hard to choose an all time favourite book! Going by the tattiest books in my bookcase and therefore the most read, it would probably be The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. I am a huge lover of horses and his books has been a favorite from my teenage years. I am not however a fan of the film, which I feel rather spoilt the book.

My summer reads are probably lighter romantic novels. I have read many novels by Cecelia Ahern, The Gift being a particular favourite. I love the cover and prose of The Childrens Book, by As Byatt, but this is more of a heavy read for when I have time to dedicate.

Having two children, I usually need to find novels now that I can read in parts without spoiling the flow of the plot, as usually I like to sit down and read a whole book in one go! I have always loved One Day by David Nicholls, Dexter is the kind of character, and man, I can fall in love with. He is human and flawed but also has wit and charm.

Which author has influenced you writing?

There are probably too many to name. As I read so many different books and have learnt many different styles of writing. I can’t possibly choose one author.

I was given Stephen Kings On Writing as a present from my sister, and think his story from a teenager dreaming of being an author to becoming a very successful writer was greatly inspirational. It gave me the motivation to finish my own novel.

What’s your best time of day to write?

Always in the evenings, if any ideas or sentences spring to mind during the day, I note them down in my notebook or on my phone so they are not forgotten.

What do you like to do in your spare time, when your not writing?

I have a very busy life and there is not much time for writing! I have two young children that have me running around for the majority of the day. We have two very active dogs too that need daily walks in the countryside or on the beach, and we have two horses. My son adores visiting the ponies each day and exploring the woods next to their field.

Other animals include chickens, cocktails that I breed and love taming, a cat, chinchillas and other small pets such as guinea pigs.

I do love being in the garden, especially with the summer approaching. I am busy planting my seeds into their trays, whilst my son and chickens behind me are busy destroying my plant borders!

My spare time is very busy but enjoyable. I also work part time in a local school teaching.

and finally

If you could give three pieces of advice to any aspiring author’s out there, what would they be?

  1. Belive in yourself!
  2. Research how to edit and format before you start. I wasted hours, possibly days, scrolling through my novel repeatedly, correcting simple mistakes that I didn’t need to, due to formatting and editing incorrectly and sometimes in the wrong order! Example of some mistakes were pressing the tab button for indents, incorrect speechmarks, spaces after full stops, endashes and em dashes, etc.
  3.  Start early with everything! Lay out a plan for a realistic release day, and then work backwards with dates. Remember that it takes time for beta readers to get back to you, edits take time to correct and that everything needs to be ready before formatting for eBook and paperback. Decide what to market and have promotions etc well in advance of the final release day. Get advance reader copies out early. I have made mistakes along my journey but learnt so much with Letters to Eloise and I am so delighted and proud of the end results, finally! Best of luck with you own books!

 

Before you go, I would like to thank you very much Emily for doing a Q and A today on Marie’s Book Boutique, it’s been an absolute pleasure. I hope your getting spoiled today being Mothers Day and all!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mum’s out there!

Thanks so much for having me today on Marie’s Book Boutique. It has been lovely to chat to you about my writing. Have a wonderful Mothers Day! Hope all the mums out there are getting spoilt today and have their feet up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Up this Mothering Sunday!

 

Mother's Day

 

 

Hi guy’s,

Hope your all well and getting to read plenty!!!!!!

COMING UP THIS WEEK on Marie’s Book Boutique in particular on Mothering Sunday I’m gonna be reviewing the debut novel Letters to Eloise by the lovely Emily Williams.

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And also we will be joined by Emily on the blog for a Q and A!!!!

I’m super excited about this, and hope you all join me this Sunday!!!!!

Till then, I hope you all have a good week and get some reading time in!!! See you Sunday!!!!

love Marie xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review on Lying in wait By Liz Nugent

 

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About the author ( as seen in the book)

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Until becoming a full-time writer Liz Nugent worked in Film, theatre and television for nearly three decades. Her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, was a Number 1 Bestseller and was IBA Crime Fiction Novel of the Year in 2014. She lives in her native Dublin with her husband.

 

 

 

http://www.liznugent.ie

Twitter: @lizzienugent

ISBN: 978-0-241-97406-3

Publisher: Penguin Books

Format: Paperback

Copy provided by: a copy I won

Blurb ( as seen on the back cover)

Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia craves to make her life complete, and she is determined that her husband will get it for her. The last thing she expects is that her obsession will lead to murder.

However, not even a dead body can stop Lydia in her tracks. If anything, it makes her more determined to get her own way- whatever the cost…

My Review

The cover of this psychological thriller is very striking. It’s a very dark looking book with a person waits in the car while some lady walks in the street. I think the white and yellow writing of the title and the author’s name is very effective making the letters stand out.

This is the first time I’ve come across Liz’s work, so I was eager to get to this book. It’s also been awhile since I’ve read something really gritty! I know within me reading the first page that Liz had me hooked, now that is one clever lady right there.

This  story is so cleverly put together the characters are all individual and the plot is truly amazing with all the twists and turns. Amazing!!!!! Each chapter has the name of the character you will be reading about next; which give’s the reader the chance to see what each one is thinking and going through at that time; giving you the reader a greater understanding of the story. This made me soak up every words in order to find out what happens next. To say this book was a pager turner wouldn’t give Lying in Wait justice!

In the first chapter of Lying in Wait we meet Lydia and I felt her strong and cunning demeanor straight away. She and her husband have a son Laurence,  but in order for Lydia to make her life whole she wanted another child; able to get pregnant but unable to stay that way. She sends her husband out to find a suitable candidate offering her money to have sex with him and then carry the baby and after the birth give the baby to them, only things don’t quite go as planned. I could also tell that all her husband wants to do is make her happy which Lydia knows and plays on.

When they had chosen her and done the deed. Lydia and her husband Andrew were unsure the girl was really pregnant and thinking maybe they were being ripped off. Andrew arranges a meet up with the girl Annie, with Lydia watching close by. Andrew beings to get frustrated with Annie and starts to strangle her, Lydia seen this running to the car and just manages to stop him before he kills her. With her out cold Lydia then looks at her and gives her the finishing blow to her to finish her off. When they get home their son is home and he has his own little secret of his own on this very night!

We also meet Annie’s family and their turmoil of their daughter going missing without a word. Her sister Karen refuses to believe that her sister would just go off like that without telling them however bad her situation. Karen carry’s on with her life never giving up hope and decides to do some digging of her own and that is when she comes across Laurence! Now he also has a sneaky suspension himself about that night.

The story unfolds in a great pace which kept the momentum going and those pages keep turning, now that’s what I like in a book in this genre. Liz’s writing I can only describe only as utterly brilliant.

As I said earlier that it has been a while since I have a physiological thriller and I can say now that I will be defiantly be picking them up more, as I had forgotten how much I enjoy them. Thank you Liz Nugent for reignited that in me!!!!

This book is epic!!! and I highly recommend this book if this is you genre. It’s defiantly a page turner in my eye’s, I couldn’t see the twists coming which made for a intriguing read. You will certainly not be disappointed if you pick this book up!

 

So Marie’s Book Boutique gives Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent a BIG FAT FIVE sparkly stars!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

5stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review on Francesca’s Party by Patricia Scanlan

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About the author ( as seen in the book)

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Patricia Scanlan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Her books have sold worldwide and have been translated into many languages. Patricia is the series editor and a contributing author to the Open Door series. She also teaches creative writing to second level students and is involved in Adult Literacy.

Find out more by visiting Patricia Scanlan on Facebook

 

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-47114-040-2

eBook 978-1-47114-041-9

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Number of pages: 587 pages

Copy provided by: My own brought book

Blurb ( as seen on back cover)

A marriage under pressure.

After years of being a loyal wife and mother, Francesca Kirwan Finds her life changed irrevocably one dismal autumn morning when her husband Mark forgets his mobile phone. In the space of ten minutes her comfortable, safe, uneventful life is shattered. She has a choice- sink or swim.

A party that will change everything!

As Francesca’s life changes beyond all recognition, she is surprised to discover it’s not as terrifying as she thought it would be. In fact, it might even be the best thing that could have happened to her- a fact that doesn’t go unnoticed by Mark.

And then Francesca decides to throw a party and that’s when the fun really starts…

My Review

I just love the front cover of this book, a perfect summer seen with the fluffy white clouds in the pale blue sky to the delict pink and purple flowers. A lady looks like she is walking through the garden in a long flowie  purple dress, she looks content and relaxed. A very inviting cover wouldn’t you say? As always the cover helped make my decision to pick the book up and read the blurb!

The lovely Patricia Scanlan is a new author to me and what a writer she is!!!! Francesca’s Party is a story about a lady who think’s her life is ok; she’s a good wife and home maker and she brought up two son’s; Owen who still live’s at home and Jonathan who works and live’s in America. But on the day her life turned upside down she took her husband to the airport where she thought he was going on a business trip to Brussels. Only he isn’t going there at all. He leaves his mobile in the car and Francesca try’s to find him before he leaves only to see him in an embrace with another woman, and not going to Brussels at all.

Francesca’s in total shock at what she has just seen and makes her way home. When her husband Mark has realised he hasn’t got his phone he use’s his lover Nikki’s phone to ring Francesca but she doesn’t answer understandably. She get’s home in such a state and decides to ring her sister and best friend Millie; who thought Mark was the bee’s knee’s. Millie was as shocked as her sister. Francesca realise where he is taking his lover and decides enough is enough. She travels to the Hotel that they are at and confronts Mark in font of Nikki and Tells him there marriage is over and that his cloths are in the suitcases she had brought with her. At this point in the story I really wanted to high five Francesca for doing this! you go girl friend!!!!

Francesca soon take’s control of her life by firstly telling their son’s Owen and Jonathan. They were both very shocked and angry at their father for doing this to their family in particular Owen who refuses to ever talk to his father again. However they are both really supportive of their mother and whatever choses she chooses to make next. I completely loved Francesca’s character and to see her grow and flush in her new life, having a proper job for the first time in years, selling the family home and moving to a cottage, dealing with the ex husband and his lover, possibly having a love interest of her own and finally putting the past behind her.

At the end of the story Francesca decides to throw a party in her new home and to thank all her friends and family for there help and support through this last year. She cook’s all the food herself and has arranged for Mark to come without anyone knowing because she wants Owen to talk to his father again and for them to put the past in the past. To say the party is uneventful would be a massive contradiction, it was very entertaining to read!!!!

I just adore Patricia writing style so much, she includes the characters thought possesses through out the story and I really felt this helped me to understand each character’s point of view and liked that very much about this author! It’s very fair to say I really though this book was fab and such a complete joy to read, thank you lovely Patricia for writing a lovely book.

Marie’s Book Boutique gives Francesca’s Party by Patricia Scanlan 5 sparkly stars.

 

5stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Irish Authors this week for St Patricks Day

irish author weekHi dear reader’s,

This week on Marie’s Book Boutique I’m celebrating Irish author’s with it being St Patricks Day this week!!

So….there will be two review’s coming out this week!!!!! Keep those eye’s pealed!!!!

The First one I will be reviewing is Francesca’s Party by Patricia Scanlan and the second one is Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent.

I do hope you’ll join me this week!!!

Happy St Patrick’s Day guy’s!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rapid Fire Tag

rapid fire book tagI just want to thank the lovely Lucie Poole at IFINDOUBTREAD’s blog for nominating me fot the Rapid Fire Book Tag. Do pop over to her lovely blog

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and give her a follow on Twitter @IFINDOUBTREAD

Here are my answers;

Ebooks or physical books?

I like a bit of both. I do love actually the holding of the physical book in my hand and turning of the page’s, but I also like the fact that with my kindle I can carry more than lots of book’s around at once!

Paperback or hardback?

Paperback’s all the way for me! I just find that hardback’s are so heavy to hold for long periods of time. Paperback’s are gentler on the hand and wrist!

Online or in-store shopping?

Online mostly, ie on my kindle, but when I do get the chance I would prefer a book store! All those lovely new books lined up on the shelfs and the I just love smell of all the new book’s!!!!!!!

Trilogies or series?

I really don’t have a preference on this one I enjoy both!

Heroes or villains?

I’m a sucker for a hero!

A book you want everyone to read

This book isn’t a novel, it’s a self help book but it is truly amazing! It’s called Don’t Sweat

Don't swet the small stuff

The Small Stuff and It’s all Small Stuff by Richard Carlson. I think the title of this make’s perfect sense in this day and age, with so much stress in people’s life’s in today society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommend an underrated book

I think Junk Male By Brian Gallagher. I really think it’s an underrated book, it certainly make me laugh through out!

Junk Mail By Brian Gallagher

The last book you finished

Us by David Nicholls

 

Us By David Nickholls

Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmarker?

A till receipt!

Used books- yes or no?

Yes yes yes!!! I love reading a book that’s been read a lot. Wondering who else has enjoyed reading it. This is also how I have discovered new author’s! A bit of  a mixture of used and new book’s is fine.

Top three genres?

Contemporary romance

Women’s fiction

and I like to chuck something gritty into the mix thrillers.

Borrow or buy?

For me I do a mixture of the both. It’s important to support authors by buying their books. Borrowing is also good for authors also because I have come across new authors this way which then has lead to me buying their other books.

Characters or plot?

Gosh, that’s a hard one for me! They are both important to me when reading a book. I like being able to connect to the characters, but in order for that to happen for me the plot has to be just as good!

Short or long?

I really don’t have a preference!

Long or short chapters?

To be honest it’s short chapter’s.

Book to movie or TV adaptation?

I think movies tend to exaggerate sometimes and can steer away from the book. TV adaptation’s tend to be a truer likeness to the book, so I choose this!

Name the first three books you can think of

A Gingerbread Café Christmas by Rebecca Raisin

 

A gingerbread chaf christmas by rebecca raisin

 

On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

 

On The Island By Tracey Garvis Graves

 

The Take by Martina Cole

 

The Take by Martina Cole

 

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Bit of both!

Our world or fictional worlds?

I have to say for me it’s our world. I adore nothing better than learning about other country’s and cultures etc.

Do you ever judge a book by it’s cover?

Sorry my lovely’s I’m guilty of this one! I’m a sucker for a well though out cover.

Series or standalone?

Both!

 

I’m now passing on Rapid Fire Book Tag to these wonderful bloggers!

*Rebecca Pugh @rebeccapughUK  (Twitter)

http://www.thehummingbirdreviews,blogspot.co.uk

* Sharon @ShazBookBlog  (Twitter)

http://www.shazsbookblog.blogspot.co.uk

*Becca  @BrunetteBlogg  (Twitter)

http://www.thetealibrary.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review on Us By David Nicholls

Us By David Nickholls

About the Author ( as seen on Amazon)

David Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. His TV credits include the third series of Cold Feet, Rescue Me and I Saw You as well as a much- praised modern version of Much Ado About Nothing and an adaptation of Tess Of The D’urbervilles, both for BBC TV. David has continued to write for films and TV as well as writing novels, and he has twice been nominated for BAFTA awards.

David’s bestselling first novel, STARTER FOR TEN, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2004, and David has written the screenplays for film versions of both STARTER FOR TEN (released in 2006 starring James McAvoy ) and THE UNDERSTUDY ( not yet released )

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David Nicholls’ third novel, ONE DAY, was published in hardback in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication. It has since gone on to sell over 2 million copies and has been translated into thirty-seven languages. ONE DAY won the Galaxy Book of the Year Award. David wrote the screenplay for Lone Scherfig’s film adaptation starring Jim Sturgess and Ann Hathaway,which was released in 2010.

David’s fourth novel US, has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for fiction 2014.

 

http://www.facebook/davidnichollsauthor

ISBN: Paperback 978-0-340-897010

eBook 978-1-444-709193

Publisher: Hodder&Stoughton

http://www.hodder.co.uk

Format: Paperback

Provider of copy: Brought by me

Blurb ( as seen on the back cover)

Douglas and Connie: Scientist and artist, and for more than twenty years, husband and wife- until suddenly, their marriage seems over.

But Douglas is going to win back the love of his wife and the respect of Albie, their teenage son, by organising the holiday of a lifetime.

He has booked the hotels, bought the train tickets, planned and printed the itinerary for a ‘ grand tour’ of the great art galleries of Europe.

What could possibly go wrong?

My Review

Oh my what a striking red cover, this is the title is written in silver which gives it a shiny look. It’s simple but very affective. It certainly help make my decision  to pick this book up to buy!

If you are familiar with Davids other work; such as ONE DAY and THE UNDERSTUDY which I have read and really enjoyed immensely. He writes from a gentle mans point of view; which I find really refreshing to read.

In the beginning of this book I felt so sorry for poor Douglas a scientist, when his wife tells him she isn’t sure they have a marriage anymore. Connie his wife is an artist and their so Albie is also a creative soul. Albie is 17 years old and really into his photography. Connie and Albie have a close relationship which seems to leave Douglas out in the cold. He want to bring the family together and he arranges for the three of them to go on a trip ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe before Albie goes off to study. Douglas came across as having quite old  fashioned way’s which shapes his and Albie’s lack of knowing each other.

The tour really doesn’t go well. Albie has enough of his parents tense atmosphere and decides he want;s to go on alone and see things he want’s and not what his father wants. Connie goes home but Douglas wants to put things right with his son and bring him home in the hope Connie might reconsider her decision to end their marriage. But does he find Albie? and will Connie reconsider

David Nicholls has really packed in a wide range of emotions, I found myself giggling in parts and sad in others. This very much made the story seem true to life, ‘gotta take the rough with the smooth’ doesn’t the saying goes? I enjoyed the narrative in which it was written, as I said earlier its quit refreshing!

 

Marie’s Book Boutique gives Us by David Nicholls 4 sparkly stars

 

4 stars