It's been awhile since I participated in a Sunday Salon. I'm currently reading Looking For Alaska by John Green, which has partially inspired me to do something different, but I'll get to that in another post. For now, I thought I'd briefly review some of the chick-lit I've been reading lately. With all the chaos going on in my world right now, all I've been able to handle is some fluffy, light reads.
First off, Rumour Has It by Jill Mansell. I've read quite a few books by Jill Mansell in the past. She's an author that I turn to when I find myself in need of a light romance. This one was cute. Not enough conflict for me, but I enjoyed it. I liked Tilly and Jack, I liked the other minor characters especially Tilly's boss and his daughter and also the stalker-guy. I liked the way the story unfolded. Tilly gets dumped in a terrible way and impulsively moves from London to a small town where her best friend lives, lands a job and falls for a sexy guy with a reputation. Is she going to let the town gossip stand in the way of this new relationship? Is she ready to deal with it all?
Goodnight, Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson - This is the third Koomson I've read in a short period of time. To be honest, I didn't think I'd like it all that much. When it comes to choosing a chick-lit book to read, I'd usually avoid old married couple-ish relationships or anything involving children. Especially pregnancy. God, I normally can't stand to read a book in which I have to read through some woman's experiences with pregnancy. Mind-numbingly boring to me. I'm more of a just-starting-a-new-relationship kind of chick-lit with misunderstandings and passion. And at first, I thought that was what this book was about. Old married couples and pregnancy. But it isn't. It's not that at all and it's so much more.
I gave this book a try, and I really liked it. The relationships and characters are all very well done, they're believable, they have depth. OK, so Nova agrees to have a baby for her childhood friend, Mal and his wife Stephanie. Before she gives birth, Mal and Stephanie change their minds and Nova ends up raising the baby on her own. It's 8 years later and now her son, Leo is in a coma and she hasn't spoken to Mal for years and years. It sounds depressing and in some parts it is but don't let that put you off. I laughed, I cried. I want to read more by Dorothy Koomson.
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella - This one was fun. I enjoyed the first few books in the Shopaholic series and I adored Can You Keep A Secret? I was waiting to find this one in the library. I knew it wouldn't be too long. I enjoyed it. I did. Though I didn't LOVE it, I did finish it in a day. There was some funny bits, some predictable bits, some bits where I just thought, what? really? But I was rooting for Lexi and the love interest to get together. And... I wanted more conflict. I wanted more pulling at my heart strings. Whatever.
So Lexi wakes up in hospital thinking it's 2004 and she's dating a loser, has a low-paying job, has fab friends and terrible teeth. In reality, it's 2007, she's married to a gorgeous millionaire has beautiful teeth, no friends and is super successful in her job and she's forgotten the events of the last three years. Her life seems perfect, but is it really what she wants?
Tell me, please. The last really good chick-lit book you read that made you cry? Pulled at your heart strings until the very last page?