Monday, 18 June 2018

Review: Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall

After not reading anything for MONTHS, I dove straight back in with this beauty, Grace After Henry. After the sudden unexpected death of her boyfriend Henry, Grace is trying to deal with the grief and move on, but she keeps seeing Henry everywhere she goes. A few weeks later, a plumber turns up to fix the boiler and he is the DOUBLE of Henry - and it turns out that he is Henry's long-lost identical twin, and Henry had absolutely no idea that he existed.

I liked the story - it moved at a decent pace and I really understood Grace's decisions, why she did what she did. I did find it a little bit peculiar, a little far-fetched maybe, the whole long-lost twin thing that just happened to turn up on her doorstep, but there is an overarching theme in this novel - that of fate and coincidence, so I guess it makes sense.

After not reading anything in what feels like forever, this was a lovely novel to get back into, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

I Miss Blogging

It's been such a long time since I've sat down and actually planned out something to write about, other than a book review. Don't get me wrong, books are one of my great loves and I will continue to write reviews on them, but I miss writing about other things.

It's my fault, really. I've let life get in the way. Since finishing university almost a year ago (can I still use this excuse?!), I've jumped straight into my job, which I love, and I've been trying to figure my life out ever since. But honestly, I don't want my entire life planned out at twenty-two years old. I'm perfectly happy just going with the flow. I say that so much, maybe I should get it tattooed somewhere on my body. Clearly 'this too shall pass' was not the right choice. (Nope, it definitely was. No idea what I'm talking about? See my post on getting my tattoo here!)

So, note to self: make your blog more of a priority in your life. Hopefully you'll see some more varied stuff from me soon.

No promises, though.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Review: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland

This was such a beautiful story! I had really high hopes for it, since I've also read and LOVED Stephanie Butland's Lost For Words (see review for that here!), which was an amazing story too.

I have nothing bad to say about this book! I loved all aspects of it - I loved getting to know Ailsa as she tries to figure life out after having a heart transplant. I loved the relationship between her and Seb, which developed slowly but surely, and I loved the realness of her other relationships: the strained one with her mother and the non-existent one with her father.

Stephanie Butland manages to write characters that are just so REAL; they're flawed and they struggle and they generally are just trying to figure things out. It makes for a wonderful read that you cannot possibly let go of easily. I can honestly say that five stars is not enough for this book - I loved it.