I am a self-confessed bookworm, and enjoy nothing more than to indulge in a good book (or quite a few in my case) whilst on holiday because I simply find it too hard to find the time to read in day-to-day life.
As I reach the end of my two week holiday in Menorca, I really wanted to express my thoughts and feelings on the books that I’ve read which are: Billy & Me by Giovanna Fletcher, The Marble Collector by Cecila Ahern, After You and The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes and Amy Snow by Tracey Rees.
Sophie May has a secret.
One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.
But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.
Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?
This was the first book that I read, and after hearing so much about it, it’s safe to say I had expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and the emotions that followed as a consequence (yes I’m that person who cries into their sunglasses when reading a book). Being a romantic, I always crave happy endings and (spoiler alert), this ending left me satisfied. I found the book to be a real page-turner and despite it not being mentioned in the blurb, I found Sophie’s relationship with Molly just as (if not more) fascinating, emotional and influential as her relationship with Billy.
Within a day I had finished this book, however it did feel very much like a teen-fiction and was a really easy read. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and only recently found out that there’s a sequel, which I definitely need to get my hands on!
The Marble Collector – Cecilia Ahern
When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s belongings, her seemingly uneventful life suddenly alters and shifts.
In the single day she has to search for answers about the man she thought she knew, a man who can no longer remember his own story, Sabrina uncovers far bigger secrets than she could have imagined. And discovers that sometimes it’s the people closest to us that we know the least.
This book probably isn’t my usual type of read, but when I went into WhSmith I was really drawn into the story, along with having read previous books by Cecila Ahern. Unexpectedly, I thought this book was a beautiful read and I was hooked as Sabrina went to extreme lengths to find out about a considerate side of her father’s life that her and her mum were completely unaware of.
In principle, the story of a man who collects marbles really doesn’t hold any appeal to me, but the journey on which Sabrina takes helps her to resolve her own problems in life and ultimately leads to an increase in her satisfaction in life was my favourite aspect of the book.
I found Sabrina and her father to be extremely interesting characters, who are a lot more similar that you would first anticipate. The book really was written wonderfully, and despite taking you back in time into the life that Sabrina’s father lead, it never once is confusing and you are never left wondering where you are in the book. This book is a definite thumbs up from me.
Lou Clark has lots of questions.
Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.
Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.
Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.
And will she ever get over the love of her life.
What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.
Then, one night, it does.
But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions?
Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.
Open it and she risks everything.
But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .
After You was the much awaited sequel to the bestseller Me Before You, which was recently made into a film. I must have read Me Before You at least 4 years ago in my early teenage years, and it was a story that I had never forgotten so was delighted when it came out in the cinema, and even more delighted when I found out Jojo Moyes had written a sequel to the book.
I don’t want to give away too much of what happened because they are incredible and I really wouldn’t want to ruin them for anyone. I found this story to be gripping and an absolute page turner, and was extremely happy that Louisa Clark went on to find happiness after how the previous story ended. Jojo Moyes really is an incredible writer, and takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as you become addicted to her characters and their lives, they really do feel like real people which is a quality that I love.
The stranger on Lousia’s doorstep is definitely an unexpected one from Will’s past, and provides a major twist to the story, however I truly believe this character to have an influence in Lousia’s happiness and give her life a sense of positivity and purpose.
It’s so hard to talk about the ending of this book without giving it away, but it sort of left me half-heartedly satisfied being the romantic that I am. I believe Lousia made the right life choice (and doing so allowed her to give a life to her sister and her son thanks to Will), but I really wanted more from the ending when it came to her relationship with Sam after everything that she had previously experienced with Will. But then I guess maybe that makes me a little naive for always thinking there’s a perfect ending.
All in all, Moyes really is an incredible writer and I urge you to get your hands on her books if you haven’t already, they are fantastic reads and take you on an incredible journey of tears, heartbreak, laughter and happiness – everything you could want from a book hey?
The One Plus One – Jojo Moyes
One single mum
With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to . . .
One chaotic family
Jess’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking . . .
One handsome stranger
Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .
One unexpected love story
The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.
Without doubt my favourite book that I’ve read this holiday. This is a real page-turnover, one that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside you and provides excitement as you turn each page. The story is absolutely gripping as Jess and Ed, from complete opposites, fall in love within days through a strange encounter that changes all of their lives forever.
This book is so much more than a love story. I fell in love with every one of the characters as Jojo Moyes dealt with and expressed the modern day problems in a way which is 100% relatable and reassuring. I finished this book almost a week ago and I still can’t get it out of my mind, sign of a fantastic book I think? Moyes really is an incredible author and is able to portray her characters in an amazing way, which really leaves you feeling as though you know them.
Amy Snow – Tracey Rees
Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy’s only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits …if only she can unlock the secret.
This is a beautiful story based upon the importance and significance of friendship. In this story, friendship beats the norms and values injected into society.
At first, this book took a bit of reading before I could get into it, but once you’re caught up in the story line the secret that Aurelia wants Amy to discover leaves you truly intrigued, as Amy also goes on to discover Aurelia’s biggest secrets and the events of what really happened when she spent time away from Hatville.
This book was set in the 1800’s consequently making it refreshing to read and full of interesting and eccentric characters. A fantastic mystery, which allows Aurelia (after her death) to save Amy from her life as a servant and show her the finer things in life. As well as finding out Aurelia’s very anticipated secrets, it is humbling and magical to witness Amy Snow grow into a beautiful woman and push the boundaries of Victorian conventions in her quest to create a life for herself.
I really hope you enjoyed reading this post, I definitely enjoyed writing it and reflecting on the characters in the books that I read.
Lots of love,