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Three authors I’ve never heard of. Three books I wasn’t particularly looking for. But … three covers that grabbed my attention and three titles promising pure escapism? Yes please! The Perfect Location by Kate Forster This Australian author loves all … Continue reading
Dawn French’s Oh dear Silvia takes place in a hospital room where Silvia (of the title) lays in a comma & visited by a number of family members, friends & hospital staff. The memories of each visitor helps set the story and as you read you will find out who Silvia really is. The first chapter is told by Ed, the ex-husband, with following chapters jumping from Ed to Winnie, the hospital nurse, to Tia, the housekeeper, to Cat, Silvia’s current partner, to Jo, the sister & to Cassandra, the daughter. Each character spills out their hearts to Silvia while she lays their unresponsive. The character development is spot on & the plot is well constructed to expose pieces of information at critical times to create good flow.
French’s irreverent style of humour is apparent as she takes a serious situation and adds comedic value. It’s a talent of hers that shines through in her writing! Her characters are all unique and their individual relationships with Silvia will help to keep you interested in the overall story. I did feel slightly disappointed with the ending as I was hoping for a clearer explanation of why Silvia was in the comma and also some resolution for the characters would have been nice. However, a great read which will stir up your emotions.
Wrapped Up in You by Carole Matthews. Janie Johnson is a single, thirty-something hairdresser who, after one too many blind dates, nights in with her cat and news that her ex is getting married and expecting a child, hastily books … Continue reading
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich. Lean Mean Thirteen follows on from Twelve Sharp, the Stephanie Plum novel on the blog earlier this week, and this one involves another favour for Ranger - one which she supspects will come back to haunt her. … Continue reading
A friend put this book on my desk at work as she thought it would catch my eye. I admit I was instantly attracted to the very pink and girly book jacket and the title suggested it would be right up my alley. I do like chick lit reads
The story is all about Issy who is made redundant out of the blue by her boss (who is also her boyfriend) and therefore decides to use her passion for baking to start a new career. While she initially retreats into her flat it’s not long before she realises this could be the perfect opportunity she needs to go about following her dream. Buoyed on by her loveable flat mate, Helena, Issy opens up her very own cupcake store. Using all of the recipes she and her grandfather used when they baked together she creates these delicious sounding cupcakes and sweet treats to stock The Cupcake Cafe.
My favourite characters aside from Issy are the larger than life flat mate Helena, the yummy mummy friend Caroline and the sweet and innocent young Pearl. Each character is well-developed and together they add depth to the story. I like Helena who tells it like it is and has a no-nonsense approach to life. She is quite delightful! There is also Caroline who is really opinionated and is struggling to accept she now has to work because her husband has asked for a divorce. She has some very sarcastic one lines which are hilarious Then there is Pearl who met Issy at a redundancy information session. The two quickly bond and Pearl comes to work at Issy’s cupcake store.
This certainly is a feel good read that will cheer you up over the cool winter months. There is always something going on to keep you entertained. Beyond the uplifting and inspirational storyline the book also deals with single parenthood, chronic illness, career/life balance and class division.
A little bonus for those of you who have a passion for baking there are recipes at the start of some chapters for you to try.