Good morning and happy new week! I am slowly getting back into the swing of things and starting to feel a little better. Planning to take this week slowly, to make sure I recover properly and do not have a lot planned apart from reading, sewing and studying! I have also been playing about with the blog – what do you all think? Be great to hear some feedback, you can pop a comment at the end of this post.
The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Headline Review (20 Sept. 2018)
If Melody hadn’t run out of de-icer that day, she would never have slipped and banged her head. She wouldn’t be left with a condition that makes her sing when she’s nervous. And she definitely wouldn’t have belted out the Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ in assembly at her son’s school.
If Dev hadn’t taken the kids to the zoo that day, then the accident wouldn’t have happened. He wouldn’t have left Flynn and Rose without a dad. Or shattered the love of his life’s heart.
But if they hadn’t seen the missing person report that day, they might never have taken the trip to Cornwall. And, in the last place they expected, discovered what it really means to be ‘Us’.
What I Thought
This is a wonderful story that will have you crying as well as laughing out loud. You get to hear from Melody, Flynn and Rose’s perspectives and how each of them cope with Melody’s neurological condition – which makes her sing when she is nervous.
This leads to some hilarious moments but the book is also heartbreakingly sad in parts. The characters are all easily likeable and the pace of the book is good. Although I enjoyed the use of imagery, sometimes this did feel a little overloaded, and could have perhaps been reigned in a little.
I would recommend this one to fans of books like ‘Me Before You’and similar and will definitely look for more from this author. A great read!
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The Author – Emma Cooper
Emma Cooper is a former teaching assistant, who lives in Shropshire, with her partner and four children. Her spare time consists of writing novels, drinking wine and watching box-sets with her partner of twenty-four years, who still makes her smile every day. Emma has always wanted to be a writer – ever since her childhood, she’s been inventing characters (her favourite being her imaginary friend ‘Boot’) and is thrilled that she now gets to use this imagination to bring to life all of her creations. The Songs of Us was inspired by Emma’s love of music and her ability to almost always embarrass herself, and her children, in the most mundane of situations. She was so fascinated by the idea of combining the two, that she began to write Melody’s story. Working full-time with a large family meant that Emma had to steal snippets of ‘spare’ time from her already chaotic and disorganised life; the majority of her novel was written during her lunchtime in a tiny school office. She never expected to fall so deeply in love with the King family and is overwhelmed that others feel the same.
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