The Bookstore – Deborah Meyler

The Bookstore

Deborah Meyler

Gallery Books. Published August 2013.

An adorable, romantic story of a young woman’s life takes her by surprise. As a result she ends up working in a bookstore which changes her life completely. The Bookstore is a well written and witty story. With added romance and sadness offering the reader the mixed emotions of Esme, an English girl studying in New York. The strength of Esme’s character shines through making the reader understand her every thought and feeling, either with wit or tenderness. It is a softly written book making it an easy read that I would definitely recommend.

Many thanks to Gallery Books for allowing me to review this book.

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Man vs. Child – Dominic Knight

Man vs Child

Dominic Knight

Random House Australia Pty Ltd

Published 1/8/2013

Love and baby wipes is definitely something that Dan wasn’t ready for! This romantic comedy brings the reader to Dan, a thirty something single radio DJ/ Comedian and his thoughts on life. This creates great material for his new stand-up comedy show Man vs. Child as a previous relationship made him decide between comedy and kids. The story starts with understanding Dan and how he fits in around his family and friends whist he is trying to become a successful stand-up comedian and working the early shift as a breakfast radio producer. Dan begins to think that his time to settle down and have kids is something everyone else has done and passed him by, but little did he know that a woman is going to walk back into his life that might change his new material for his show completely.

Man vs. Child is a witty comedy, very well written romantic comedy. The way the author makes the reader feel like they are at an open mic night at a comedy gig is a great way to bring this story to life. It made me laugh out loud, yet understand the sensitive nature of what the main character was going through. The light and shade of the comedy and romance is well-balanced making it an easy read. It is not your usual sloppy romance read. I couldn’t put it down.

Thank you to Random House Australia for letting me review this book.

The Letter – Kathryn Hughes

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The Letter. Kathryn Hughes.

Troubador Publishing Ltd
Who would have thought a letter could link so many people in so many ways.

Kathryn Hughes allows the reader to understand the lives of two very different women from two very different places in time, yet combines them together to create a beautiful story.

The story follows Tina, and abused wife from the 1970’s and Chrissie, a doctors daughter from 1939.

Kathryn allows the story to unfold with great ease for the reader. The descriptions of the relationship between Tina and her husband drew me into the book desperate to find out how she would escape. The character of Chrissie is very well written. The emotions of each character were very much brought to life with the story line without too much description. The continuous way of which the reader was told how the letter pieced together each character was very clever and not predictable. The emotions of the characters were brought to life, making the reader want to know what happens next.

Sometimes the ending of books similar to The Letter do not end completely, with every “shoe tied”, however Kathryn has done a great job ensuring the reader had each character concluded.

A great, quick easy read. I would recommend it to those who would like to read a book that isn’t complicated to understand the storyline, and not bogged down in too much description despite the nature of the emotions the storyline required. Once I started this book I didn’t want to put it down.

Many thanks to Troubador Publishing Ltd to allow me to review this book.

Reviewed By Frances Cross