I find myself in a quandary as I can't relate to the main character in this book. She is somehow vague. Just as I think I know her, she floats away. I get the divorce and the running away. But for a person who keeps saying she is broke, she buys a lot of Stuff. And Cillian- well - the hot handyman is just too cliched and his temper is problematic. He is so reminiscent of the Gamekeeper that I can't see him any other way. Even his relationships with April and Madge slips away in my reader's mind. And then 'Hotel'. This is a Chalet Park. No hotel in sight. And just what hotel job did April do? Again hints but nothing clear. And then adding... into the mix as an excuse for an inability to conceive, when most medical texts say that properly treated it isn't. Or if hers was so bad that it was, why not a hysterectomy and get rid of the symptoms? So the storyline slips away from me too.
The Changelings- My title for this book This book taps into the oft repeated stories about fairy changelings. Where the fairies steal a human child & replace them with one of their own. Although why the fairies should do this is never explained. The first time I tried to read this book I found the initial chapters so creepy, I put the book away. This time, I read on. The story is still creepy but I got hooked. I actually lived in Sheffield in 1976, and well remember how dry it was, and now the Rivelin Dams' waters shrunk. I remember The fascination of seeing the drowned villages re-appear and how creepy they looked draped in water weed and crumbling. This story leaves you with the distinct impression, that there is more to our world than the rational eye can see. Again with the ghost stor. was the mother suffering from post-partum paranoia? Or was there more?
Another wedding story – yes Xmas seems to be the season for it… here with a sister who is a cynic and firmly determined to stop her flaky sister from going through with it. This sister cynic is also an A&E doctor (Emergency Room for US readers), and this really influences her view on life as she so often sees the train wrecks of lives that women have made with hasty marriages and unsuitable husbands who are lovely until the ring is on their finger!
The sister’s romance was a trifle predictable from the very first moment of meeting and rather unexceptional which down-grades the book from 4 to 3.5 stars.
This was a great read and I never guessed the villain of the piece! Which is always the start of a good review from me.
It was well written with characters you loved to hate as well as those you felt some empathy for; and enough central characters to confuse you.
There was the Mayor; his son; his two aides; the journalist; her daughter; and two cops to keep you interested. Their actions and interactions and links proved fascinating and often unexpected which keep the story moving along at quite a fast pace.
Ps Saudi Arabia is currently going for the building height record – the Jeddah Tower opening in 2020 will be 3,280 foot high.
Currently, Burjkhalifa in Dubai is the highest at 2.722 feet.
The New York Trade Center for comparison is 1,776 feet.
Ah – the story revolves around a bit of an oopsie – what happens when you are taking the pill, but have a really bad stomach upset, and then a one night stand? Oh dear… yes, and what do you do then?
Lil is a primary school teacher whose parents are academics; and Max her one-night stand partner, is an adventurer – a professional climber of extreme mountains, and whose father is a Viscount. Not a lot in common, especially as said father has a 22 bedroom mansion/castle/ baronial home that Max will inherit some day along with lots of acres etc.
I found this a nice chicklit romance with humour and millennial angst over marriage, property and relationships.
A good style and easy reading and one you didn’t really want to finish but yet really want to find out what happens.