Happy Friday - again! Rolls round quick, doesn't it?
I've been looking forward to having this author on the blog, this week in the form of a review and next week we'll see her interview!
For now, here's the blurb for Ten Years On.
Rebecca is happily married to Olly and content with her job at a glamorous
London art gallery. But when tragedy strikes, she decides to move back to her
childhood home in the country, hoping time will help her to heal. Joe, born in
the same country town as Rebecca, had a falling out with her a decade earlier.
Now he's the successful owner of a wine bar, Maison Joe, and is breaking local
hearts by dating a striking actress, Peta. Rebecca finds living with her parents
again a challenge. Nor is it easy to discover that Joe lives and works too close
for comfort. When she sees him once more, memories rush back to haunt her, along
with unanswered questions about the past. Why did they lose touch? What was Olly
hiding? Can Rebecca answer those questions and move on?
Sad, heart-wrenching and optimistic
I had previously read Alice's Monday to Friday Man and really enjoyed it and I
had been wanting to read this one for a while. I raced through this book.
Although the subject matter is different, it tugged at the heartstrings in the
same way that Jojo Moyes' Me Before You did. I felt the relationships between
Olly and Rebecca, Rebecca and Joe and Joe and Olly were very well dealt with
indeed. But always there was an undertone of why did they fall out? Why didn't
they see each other for more than 10 years? The author did well to keep this
from us until more than half way through the book, and it keeps us reading.
Rebecca confides in her friend her difficulty in seeing Joe after all this time,
but is persuaded to apply for a job in his wine bar. As they get closer, the
past is finally addressed. Lots of misunderstandings are righted and they both
realise that over the years their perceptions have been wrong. Rebecca hears
Olly talk to her, giving her advice and chatting to her from far away.
liked the little old lady who went on the wine course and the valuable advice
she could give to Rebeccca, even about love. Can the three main characters learn
to forgive and move on?
This novel is an easy read, which pulls you in and
doesn't let go until the last page. I will be downloading Alice's other books
soon - I already downloaded By My Side for World Book Day. Very impressed with Ten Years On - it didn't feel like just regular chicklit but
had some life lessons to teach us and dealt very well with the topic of grief.
To get your copy of Ten Years On - http://amzn.to/WAZzLV (UK) & http://amzn.to/15XPFGW (US)
Monday to Friday Man - http://amzn.to/WAZCHq (UK) & http://amzn.to/15lEs0y (US)
You can also get Alice's books in paperback from Amazon and from the following sources:-
Have a great weekend everyone!