Archive | June 8, 2014

The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me – Lucy Robinson.

Sally is an incredible singer but she sings only in her wardrobe where nobody can hear her. She’d rather join a nudist colony than sing in public.

That is until she ventures to New York where a wild and heady summer of love and loss changes her forever. No longer able to hide in the shadows. Sally must return home to London to fulfill a promise she cannot break – to share her voice.

But just as she’s about to embark on her new life, A beautiful man turns up on Sally’s doorstep bearing a sheepish smile and a mysterious hand-written message.

How did he find her ? Why is he here ? Does he hold the truth to what happened back in New York ? And, with him back on the scene, will she still have the courage to step into the spotlight ?

What I think :

Sally is off to The Royal Collage of music to start a diploma in Opera, and she feels scared. Sally can sing. In fact she’s a wonderful singer, but only in the safety of her wardrobe. She has a phobia of people hearing her sing.

I really, really loved this book, It moves back and forth from past to present to tell the story.The Main Character sally is a quite damaged, insecure person. Her childhood wasn’t very good and she feels slightly unloved by her parents. Her cousin Fiona came to live with Sally’s family when she was quite small because Fiona’s mother died. As a result Sally and Fiona are more like sisters than cousin’s.

There are some other lovely supporting characters. Such as Barry the welsh dancer and Helen the new friend at the college. Of course we cant forget the wonderful larger than life Jan.

Lots of serious issues are covered in this story, but always there is a hint of humour. I really liked Lucy’s style of writing, very down to earth and I caught myself laughing out loud !

As with Lucy’s other book’s I couldn’t put this one down and almost read it all in one sitting.

Thankfully I was home alone when reading this and not on the bus because I found myself shedding a few tears, especially at the wonderful ending.

A gorgeous book !

published on 19 June 2014download (1)

 

Thank you to Netgalley and The Publishers Penguin Uk for the Digital copy to read and Review.

Two Weddings and a Baby – Scarlett Bailey

From reluctant bridesmaid to accidental mother.

Tamsyn Thorn has not been back to her home town for five long years.

But now her brother, Ruan, is about to get married and she has no excuses left.

Her plans to arrive in Cornwall looking chic and successful are dashed when a huge storm turns her from fashion goddess to a drowned rat. Worse, she ends up insulting the local hunky vicar – and then finds a tiny baby abandoned in his churchyard.

What I think : 

Tamsyn comes back to the village she grew up in after five years. She’s not spoken to her brother for that long after the death of her best friend, and now she’s got to be a bridesmaid at his wedding !

she’s visiting the graveyard when there is a huge storm, which she gets caught in. Its whilst she’s there that she meets a very hunky vicar and finds an abandoned baby.

I love Scarlett’s Christmas novels, so I was really pleased when I discovered that she was bringing out a summer one too.

The main character Tamsyn thinks she’s happy with the life she’s got. She seems to be jogging along quite nicely, but then when she arrives back in the village she grew up in a few things happen to her to make her evaluate her life.

There are some lovely moments as well as sad, with some difficult subjects covered. With a wealth of wonderful characters, such as Catriona the Verger and the stroppy teenager Kirsten. There are many twists and turns, although I did guess the identity of the abandoned baby’s mother quite early on.

This is a lovely story that you don’t want to stop reading and you don’t want to end.

This is a excellent beach read that i will be recommending it to my friends.

10/10

Thank you to NetGalley and to the Publishers Ebury Press for the Digital copy to read and Review

Published on 19 June 2014

 

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