Clara’s been away for too long. So, after ten years in London, and with her boyfriend Matthew in tow, she arrives home in Castlemoy, a town with nineteen pubs and a shiny new motorway to civilisation. Her family welcome them with open arms but Jason, her long-ago ex, seems to have old scores to settle and it’s not long before Clara finds herself being watched, followed and manipulated from afar.
As her dreams of happily-ever-after begin to shatter, Clara decides it’s time to wrestle her life back before it’s too late….
Love, love, love it! Clare Dowling never seems to disappoint. I found myself really rooting for Clara to stand up for herself and not take what was happening to her lying down. Clare Dowling takes on some serious issues in this book, health issues, unplanned pregnancy and stalking, this would normally be seen as a bit of a depressing read but Clare has managed to add a few touches of humour to make it light hearted and lighten the mood. Clare Dowling’s writing is incredible, I personally would recommend this book and will be looking forward to her next book. 5/5.
You can’t escape the ties that bind – the past catches up with you no matter how far you try to run….
This is the story of a girl who doesn’t believe in happy endings. Or happy families. It’s the story of Eleanor Bee, a shy book-loving girl who vows to turn herself into someone bright, shiny and confident, someone sophisticated. Someone who knows how life works.
But life has a funny way of catching us unawares. Turns out that Elle doesn’t know everything about love. Or life. Or how to keep the ones we love safe…
Harriet Evans is a fabulous writer, I did manage to finish the novel but found it a bit of a slog. This book is quite big, but it feels as though someone has taken chunks out of this book to avoid more pages, which is disappointing as it leaves you feeling like you have missed out on something. I liked the fact Harriet Evans wrote a book about books, this I found was intriguing as it’s quite rare for an author to do that. The main character Elle was a bit annoying at times as she tried to please everyone , but didn’t think things through logically. A nice enough read still want to read her latest book ‘Not without you’. This book certainly hasn’t put me off.