Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Missing You Already by Pauline McLynn

This was a really enjoyable read, although it was sad at times. I felt connected to the main character, Kitty, and sympathised with her situation with her mother's Alzheimer's, which was very well written. The love interest, Simon, was another nice character, who suited Kitty well. The story with Dan and Donna was a strange one, but did have it's place. And I enjoyed reading Kitty's acceptance of the situation and her recovery from it. The only real issue I had with the book was that one minute the sections written from Kitty's perspective were written in first person and in third person another. I would have preferred the consistency of one or the other. The book contained various serious issues and interesting topics, which made it an enjoyable read. I give this book 8/10.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Be My Valentine by Debbie Macomber

This book contained two lovely stories which I really enjoyed reading. Both were quite humorous and the heroines managed to get themselves into some awkward dilemmas! I liked both of the main characters, although they did both irritate me at times when they were irrational and didn't realise how stupid they were being. However, the stories were really nice to read, and I devoured this book pretty quickly because I didn't want to put it down. A lovely read to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day! I give this book 9/10.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

A Sea Change by Veronica Henry

This short story was really enjoyable to read. Jenna's struggles and Craig's unhappiness with his job are well represented in a short space of writing and their characters are quickly developed. Everdene sounds like a lovely place - it made me want to visit! And the ice creams described at the beginning of the story made me visualise being there. I was a bit shocked by some of Jenna's actions, but she turned out to be a good person overall, and so I still liked her as a character. I give this book 8/10.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Finding Mr. Flood by Ciara Geraghty

I really enjoyed this book. The storyline of the absence of Mr. Flood is an intriguing one, especially as revelations appear throughout the book. Stanley Flinter was a different kind of romantic hero - he was short, not outrageously good looking and not the strongest person - but this made him all the more loveable. His background story was an added dimension to the book which was really interesting to read about. However, Angel was a bit too annoyingly perfect, Mrs. Flood was a bit hard to like because of her negativity towards Dara, Tintin was a bit too outrageous and Anya irritated me with her accent. But although the minor characters weren't as engaging as I would have liked, the main characters of Dara and Stanley more than made up for it. Their relationship, which built throughout the book, was lovely to read. Overall, this was a book that kept me wanting to read on. I give it 9/10.