I picked this up as it was just 20p on Kindle (and still is if you’re interested) and a few people I follow on Goodreads had given it pretty good reviews.
Jeanie is approaching her 60th birthday, and has spent well over half of that time married to George. Although ‘content’, Jeanie can’t call her marriage a happy one as for almost ten years, George has withdrawn from the marital bed – and has never given a reason for this.
Although confused and hurt by her husband’s rejection, Jeanie carries on with life, throwing herself into her organic food shop and looking after her granddaughter every Thursday.
On one such Thursday, Jeanie bumps into Ray in the park, who is looking after his grandson – and as the kids play, Jeanie & Ray chat. And Jeanie feels the first bloom of attraction after so many years. With George now retired and expecting her to do similar soon, could Ray offer Jeanie the joie de vivre that she has craved for so long?
I have to say that apart from the characters being more than twice the age that they usually are, this felt a pretty standard chick-lit book. There were no surprises, no shocks (although in other reviews, people have seemed to be horrified that ‘old people’ might still have sexual desires – I plan to still feel horny at 60, so didn’t understand so much disgust with the subject!).
Jeanie & Ray and Jeanie’s best friend were the best written characters, but I felt that the secondary ones felt a little one dimensional. George and their daughter and her partner seemed to be rather lacking.
I also felt that after 30 years of marriage, Jeanie might have been a little more understanding of her husband – he obviously had a lot of issues that needed to be dealt with, but it seemed quite juvenille in the way that she dealt with them. It was all based around how difficult he had made her life, and not about what they could do together to make things better. It didn’t feel in character for someone of her age and there were many times when I wanted to slap her. Hard.
All in all, a decent chick-lit book to pass the time with mild entertainment, but I wouldn’t put it on any ‘must read’ list.
“Meat loaf,” Fran said, wondering if anything sounded less hip and cool. unless meat loaf was so old-fashioned, it had suddenly become trendy again. Probably not, she decided. Unless it was made with bison meat and pureed rutabaga.
I was fortunate to get this as an ARC to review.
On New Year’s Eve, Fran & Will Parrish decide to host a dinner party for a few select friends. The evening is such a success that they agree to hold it monthly, with one of them hosting each month.
The guests are Fran & Will, perfectionist Jaime and her husband Mark, Fran’s friend Audrey who was widowed very young, Mark’s friend Coop who is around temporarily from his exotic job and Fran & Will’s elderly neighbour Leland who can certainly give ‘the young ones’ a run for their money!
The story then plays out over the next year, based around each dinner party.
Is Jaime and Mark’s relationship under threat from the constant attention needed by his daughter from his previous marriage? Does Fran need more than Mark is able to give her? Is Audrey ever going to be ready to allow love back into her life? Is Leland right about bacon? (Yes. He is!)
I really enjoyed this story. It’s refreshing to read about people more my age (you know, 29…ahem) who are still going through all the same stuff with their relationships and hang-ups as those in your ‘average’ chick-lit about people in their early 20′s. It doesn’t matter whether you’re married, widowed or a parent – life doesn’t stop dead once you hit 35 or 40…it carries on, and so do all the insecurities and self-questioning that goes with it.
There are some great conversation pieces in this – including a long discussion about bacon (which can only ever be a good thing!). The characters really came to life, and I felt quite attached to them. *I* wanted to be part of the dinner club! However, there were a few moments that felt a bit ‘obvious’ (mainly based around Mark).
It’s warm and witty without being soppy and sentimental, with some great lines that give an insight into human nature.
Table for Seven will be published on 23rd April 2013.
Nicky Landry has recently opened Skinnys On Queen, the restaurant that she’s always dreamed of owning and running. She seems to have a gift with food, much to the delight of her best friend (who is also her business partner).
At the official opening party, she believes her life is finally going in the right direction – she is pretty sure that her gorgeous boyfriend Rob is going to pop the question, the only downside in her life being the fact that the ‘perfect dress’ for the evening is rather too snug!
However, everything soon falls apart in a more dramatic fashion than she could possibly believe, leaving Rob lying murdered in her garden, her the prime suspect and Skinnys without customers.
Can she find out what happened to Rob, get herself off the hook and save her dream?
I really enjoyed this – a Canadian chick-lit detective murder mystery!
Nicky is a great character – strong, intelligent, with a great business head, but with the usual weaknesses that girls have.
The style was so easy to read, just like a proper chick-lit book, but also had that edge to it thanks to the murder mystery aspect. I zoomed through very happily and finished in a couple of days. Although there were many elements that were pretty obvious, that’s what you WANT from this kind of book, and when you don’t get it, you feel cheated!
I’ve noticed that on Goodreads it is billed as ‘Chef Landry Mystery #1′ so I am assuming (and hoping) that means there will be more written of Nicky.
My only quibble may have been due to this being an Advance Review Copy, and halfway through the book, Rob is referred to as Brad about 4 times over 2 pages. I assume that this will be corrected in the final version!
Getting Skinny will be published on 4th February 2013 and is just £1.55 on Kindle.
I picked this up on Kindle as Sooz, the author, tweeted me along with a few others when she had a day that she was giving it away free on Amazon. (It’s now only £1.98 so wont break the bank!)
As it was free, I downloaded it without really looking at it, thinking that if it wasn’t my kind of thing, I could always delete it.
I’m not really one for chick-lit, and I’m definitely not into star-signs (but then that’s typical of Aquarians), but to be honest, i started reading it without even checking the blurb as I wanted something quite light. The star-sign thing probably would’ve put me off if I had realised, but I’m glad that I didn’t!
The book starts with Holly who is a kind of travel-writer. She’s Scottish, pretty, engaged and off to Italy alone to research her next book. Shortly after she arrives, she meets Dario – will she succumb to temptation?
I have to admit, after the first chapter, I wasn’t really feeling it, it felt oh so very chick-lit and formulaic, but when the chapter ended, it switched to a different character, which (having not read th eblurb) I wasn’t expecting.
This is what makes this book that little bit different. The twelve chapters are about twelve different people whose lives are intertwined somehow. A lot of the chapters overlap a bit, so you hear part of the story from one person’s point of view, and then from someone else’s. It was very clever in that way.
Having such a vast cast of characters was a little confusing at first, but when you finally saw how they all fit together, it all made sense.
With tales of love, passion, adultery, divorce, teenage pregnancy, disability, guilt and mourning among others, it really did cover all emotions.
Yeah, it’s chick-lit, but apart from the first chapter, I think it’s got a hell of a lot more going on for it than your average froth!
I paid 49p for this for Kindle on one of my cheap sprees. I’m glad I did as it was very entertaining. When you’ve paid so little for a book, you don’t really have any expectations, so it’s nice when it’s actually still enjoyable
Caz has a workshop (where she restores rocking-horses) and flat in trendy Hoxton in London, and one day she finds a man and his dog sleeping on her garden furniture. He’s not your average hobo, being quite charismatic and cute (which always helps in these things), but after seeing him on his way, she doesn’t give him too much thought.
Until he turns up on her doorstop again and reveals his identity as one of the greatest rock legends of our time. All very good, except he’s been dead for five years.
This is a chick-lit-whodunnit, but isn’t entirely frothy. The characters are all really well thought out, and I think a lot of planning went into the really quite complicated back story.
There’s humour, love and a sassy heroine – just what every chick lit book needs. And if that’s what you’re in the mood for, then you would be disappointed if it didn’t live up to your formulaic expectations!
I really enjoyed it – and would’ve been happy at twice the price
I’ve only just finished this book, and feel rather emotionally drained at the moment.
I don’t want to say too much, because I don’t want to give anything away, but I think the way that David Nicholls has put this story together makes you feel really involved with characters Emma & Dexter and their lives over the course of 20 years.
Even though the chapters are designed so that you see a ‘snapshot’ of their lives on one particular day of their lives over the 20 year span (15th July), the chapters are written in a way that makes you feel like you haven’t missed a thing.
And it works – you really buy in to the characters, care about them, want to help them, want to say “You idiot! Don’t do that!!” etc etc. And you’re rooting for them all the way through the book (even when they ARE doing the stupid things) because you know their history, and know how they’ve got to where they are.
it’s not the best written book that I have read, it certainly isn’t the most imaginative, but it is completely touching, surprising and very emotional.