Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Liz Reviews Six Months To Get A Life by Ben Adams

Today we have a review from team member Liz, she blogs at https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/

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Liz chose to read and review Six Months To Get A Life by Ben Adams

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Six Months to Get a Life by Ben Adams

At the beginning of Six Months to Get a Life I found Ben Adams’ novel a relaxed easy read, of the type you might find in a Women’s magazine, except that this story is told from the point of view of a man. A man in the middle of a mid-life crisis, his marriage is over, he is living with his parents and spending weekends looking after his sons.

Graham Hope works in a boring office, earns barely enough to fund the maintenance of his ex-wife and sons, and longs for a new relationship. Writing in the form of a diary, he decides to take a positive attitude, intending that on his 43rd birthday in exactly 6 months he will have a more interesting job, his own place to live, a social life and a good relationship with Sean and Jack.

At first we are forced to despair of Graham. He lacks confidence, relies on others and is indecisive. A blind date introduces him to “Miss Putney” but is this the promise of sexual satisfaction and companionship that he seeks? He may be forced to find another job quicker than he intended and increasing tension in his parent’s house, partly caused by his amiable but messy dog Albus, means an alternative residence is becoming urgent.

I enjoyed the fact that the novel is rooted in the present day with detailed references to last year’s football World Cup and mention of current events. Jack & Sean are charming, yet normal, boys at the outset of their teenage years. Although it is not easy to empathise with “the Ex” wife, Graham does allow us to understand her point of view. There is a delightful, very British, ironic humour running through the story.

As soon as things begin to improve for Graham, disaster strikes and he is forced to face up to his feelings and intentions for the future. The book takes a more serious turn, and I found myself reading well into the night to reach the denouement. This would make such a good TV serial but in the meantime I recommend that you read the book!

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Sterna reviews What It Takes by Terry Tyler

Today’s book review is from Sterna, she blogs at http://www.sternakruger.com/
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Sterna chose to read and review What it Takes by Terry Tyler
What It Takes
Book Blurb
“A tale of three sisters…
Karen Kavanagh has spent her life feeling like the runt of the family.
Her two elder sisters, domestic goddess Ava and salon owner Saskia, are mini versions of their mother, a gorgeous Danish beauty. Karen has inherited her father’s droopy, dull brown hair and long nose – pitted against two Scandinavian sauna babes, she feels like Cinderella in reverse.
Danny Alvarez doesn’t see her like that. He thinks she’s wonderful.
Lots of women want Danny, but Danny just wants Karen.
He pursues her with the devotion of a stalker – but she pushes him away. Then she realises what she’s done…”
“We always knew we were going to have problems with my sister Karen.
She was difficult even as a child.”
…the opening chapter already had me hooked! 

Karen is that one friend that all of us has, the seemingly over-sensitive one that’s sometimes little crazy maybe and you can’t help but like her.

I found myself holding my breath a few times though, wondering – oh no, Karen really is crazy…especially after the ‘incident…
I love that the story is told from different characters points of view – it gives the reader a personal connection to each of them and has you rooting for (or love-to-hate) them separately,  yet together at the same time.
 
Real characters with well written characteristics and human flaws – filled with heart ache and laugh out loud humor, it’s definitely a little more than just your usual Romance read.
 
I really enjoyed the book and I like her writing style – she’s won me over as a fan with this one and I’ll definitely be reading more from this talented author!
Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Sister Issues by Cynthia Harrison

Sister IssuesSister Issues by Cynthia Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cher’s life was simple, she ran “The Sugar Shack” a small coffee shop with a friendly set of regular clientele. She lived above the shop and sewed in her spare time. Then Ariel her flighty sister decided that she wanted an active role in the business, just as Cher had taken on Emma, her school friend, as a partner. Between them Emma and Ariel bubble over with ways to expand the place into a thriving restaurant, whilst Cher hates the changes. We are taken on a rollercoaster ride with their lives, loves and losses. Cynthia has written a great story full of characters who learn to overcome their problems and move forward with their lives.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sister-Issues-ebook/dp/B005Z6BEQS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368172052&sr=8-1&keywords=sister+issues+by+Cynthia+Harrison

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