I have decided rather than splitting them into separate posts (which can clog up the blog as I read quite a lot) I would do a monthly post reviewing the books I have read. My Reading Challenge/Book Club is still accepting new readers so check out my post here on how to sign up!
Some Kind Of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher
When the love of your life says you’re not The One, who are you? Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged. Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future. Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ideal ‘better half’. But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him? Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun
What I Thought
If you follow me on social media you will have seen my thoughts on this book already – I loved it! Chick-Lit is not my go to genre, but I do enjoy the occasional one as a light, fluffy, easy read. This however, was not run of the mill, everything land’s in the main characters lap and she lives happily ever after. This book showed a real journey for the main character. After leaving a long term partner, who you believed you would spend your life with, you have a lot of work to do. You have to re-find yourself, possibly move house, find things to fill your time again, get used to being alone. This book shows that journey for Lizzy and it was like a breath of fresh air for this style of book. As a woman who has gone through this I was relieved to see something that represented the true struggles after a break up and thoroughly enjoyed reading about Lizzy’s journey. I will definitely be checking out some of Giovanna Fletcher’s other books after reading this one.
Part Star Part Dust by L. M. Valiram
A millionaire, a widow and a monk. A plane crash. Three destinies linked for eternity in a tale narrated by Time.
She was left in a dumpster on the side streets of Mumbai to die as she was born; premature and undernourished.
At sixteen she is to marry a man she has never met before. On her wedding day, she carries a knife.
People say love is more important than money. But what happens when having one means you can’t have the other?
Scattered across India, these three are intertwined in unlikely ways: the flower shop owned by Mira’s husband employs Radha’s boyfriend, Mira and Gaurav become partners in business and most importantly, an ill-fated trip to Delhi links them all in death and life. Set in the sensuous worlds of Bombay and Delhi, Valiram’s dazzling novel explores the deep meanings of love, family, and time.
What I Thought
As soon as I read the blurb I wanted to devour this book, and it did not disappoint. Learning about the three central character’s lives, following them over time and seeing how their lives intertwined through time was fascinating. I loced this quote towrds the end of the book and think it sums up the book really well and gets you thinking –
‘Do you believe in fate? Do you believe in destiny? Or are you ohne of those that believe in choice alone?
Do you make your choices or do your choices make you?’
It makes you think deeper about the book and you wonder if fate was in control all along or whether the choices you see these characters make control what happens at the end of the story. A stunning read and highly recommmended.
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The Single Girl’s Calendar by Erin Green
Read the full review for this here
I currently have two more on the go and hope to have them finished by the end of the month but as I am posting this a little early, I will include them in February’s round up and review! Let me know what books you have been loving in the comments below as I always like to check out a good recommendation. Happy reading everyone!
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