The perfect Gift by Jo Robertson

The Perfect Gift

I tend to hoard Christmas stories for the appropriate time, but as it was a really hot day, and I had nothing to do, I had a rummage in my heap of books I downloaded for free last year.  After about half a dozen I started to have symptoms of mental indigestion.  Come on writers, try some originality, how many times does a sad single mother have to meet a stranger in a snow storm, or how many poor girls made rich, unexpectedly go home for Christmas, meet a transformed ex school friend, and live happily ever after?  I’ve a feeling I’ve ranted about this before!  Come on ladies, think a bit more originally!

I’m so glad to say that Jo’s story has kicked the box well and truly out the window.  Starting with a tragedy, the loss of a baby and then how Jo copes with her loss and four sons and a grumpy Gandma.  Rick is maybe a convenient neighbour, but I don’t want to spoil it.  I would maybe have feisted it up a bit more with some more tension between the two, but it’s just such a good story, well written, and so satisfying that it’s a different twist!

I’ve just read up about Jo, she’s a well know writer, so I say, get out yer boxes girls, in fact I think I’m off to write me own idea in time for Christmas!

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The Seven Steps to Closure by Donna Joy Usher

The Seven Steps to Closure

This must be the funniest book  I’ve picked up on the free lists this year, and indeed the book has won some awards.  So does Donna need my review?  I don’t know, but I’m just thoroughly endorsing this book as such a good read to anyone who loves the Chick lit genre.  It’s original and simply a great read!

Tara is getting over a nasty divorce, but it isn’t until she’s given the listed seven steps that she moves towards getting over it.  The steps are maybe obvious, but how they are treated are is so funny, my favourite bit was in the restaurant when everyone is eavesdropping on the conversation………  The psychotic pets that come to live Tara, the suicidal cat, but mostly the Bad Bunny. The book moves to India and Tara’s relationship with Matt, which is both sensuous and hilarious, not to mention the cow pats! On and a good twist at the end when all seems lost, oh and the graffiti artist…… My only gripe is that maybe there were too many best buddies, it made the opening a bit long, which I thought unnecessary, but it’s a first book.  I must admit I’ve just downloaded her next one!

Brilliant!

Town and Country by Wendy Lewis

Town and Country

It’s rare to find a country based book on the free lists, so I snapped this one up.  I could SO identify with Jill and her struggles with the live stock, in different  scenarios, I’ve been there too.  Maybe more of an animal person than Jill, I did get  a little frustrated with her struggles and continual problems, but I dare say I moaned a lot through the years to Dave.  The whole story rang of being experienced so that it was almost autobiographical. I can’t find any background information on her, so who knows?

The underlying story of Jill’s deteriorating relationship with Gerald and how boys will have their toys until reality checks in was really well crafted,  I did think maybe the ending was a little too easy until I sat back and though it through. Jill acted entirely within her character of avoiding confrontation and the love story rang true because she wasn’t some young thing, there was no six packs and designer dressing (though Jill had the shopping therapy well and truly sorted).  No this is how it may happen to us ladies beyond the rapture of the early loves,

Loved every minute of it, BRAVO!

Stargazy Pie by Laura Lockington

 

Stargazy Pie

I’m so sad that I’ve now read all Laura Lockington’s books, and I’ll have to wait for her next opus.

Stargazy Pie, although her second book, I liked more than The Cornish Affair! Poppy worked so well as the quiet girl, thrown into this mad family, but proves she has the same seeds of eccentricity as she tries to look after Jicky the monkey, and has an encounter with a random, mysterious man on the train  The completely barking family of the Stantons had me entranced, I want a family like that, but then again, perhaps there were seeds of this in mine –that’s enough!  There’s the hints of Cornish magic all around the corners of the story, and it’s set at Christmas, one of my favourite times of year to read about. And as for Alex………this is just the most feel good, special, really funny read I’ve had this year!