Welcome back everyone, I hope you enjoyed reading about my first book box last week. This week I’m back to an author requested review, and I never know what I’m going to get with these ones!

Writing Style

I really wasn’t a fan of the way Jennifer wrote this one. So much so, I wrote to her letting her know the issues I was having with her writing style. My main problem was that it was too stilted and formal for how people really talk.

Not to mention, having the characters thoughts written out word for word rather than summarised or hinted at kept interrupting the flow of the story. But what made the flow worse for me was that we’d change character perspectives with no break to signify there’s a change.

Most books that I read that change perspective will have say a line going between the paragraphs, or one of those cute little images (say, a leaf). Or at the very least, a much bigger gap between the paragraphs. This didn’t have that, so it was just suddenly, I was following someone else.

This one is probably very minor if you’re British. But being an Aussie I don’t know the postcode system over there and Jennifer was using the postcodes as a way to signify where we were landmark wise in the story. I was left going “what is SW4? What is EC1?” because to me they mean nothing. It feels like me saying to you “o you should totally check out the Ferris Wheel at 3008!”

Seriously, how many of you know what I’m talking about right there?

Minor problem if you’re British, bit of a waste of space if it’s not explained; which it’s not but Jennifer has said she’s open to feedback and will be writing the sequel slower so it’s less stream of thought and more structured so it’s not difficult to read which is awesome! Being her first book, I think she’s done a pretty good job if my only problems are things an editor can fix!

My Thoughts

I already mentioned that all my problems with this book stem from a lack of editing. Other than that, I had some fun reading a very Sex in the City style book set in the early 2000s rather than the 90s. Given I was born in the 90s, this made it much more relatable to me.

Something else I really liked was the way Jennifer openly discussed the pressures women feel to get married, have kids but still hold a highly successful full-time career. We might be getting to really seeing that part (possibly?) but she’s hinted at it and we see and hear it in all of Penelope’s thoughts.

I especially connected with this because I personally have started to feel the pressure because I don’t want kids, but I do want my career. And I hate that people do that. Getting married, having kids and having a career are all very personal choices that every individual should be able to make without feeling judged. So, I love that this theme is starting to come through, whether it was intentional or not I’m not sure.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing the third instalment of The Time for Alexander series, Son of the Moon by Jennifer Macaire.

May 6, 2019

One? – Jennifer Cahill

An authors first book, how many of the issues are minor vs major when it's based in a city I don't know?
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Spring Skies over Bluebell Castle – Sarah Bennett

A story set in an ancient castle steeped in unknown history in amongst a field of bluebells. Click read, like, comment and share!
March 25, 2019

Mr One Night Stand – Rachael Stewart

Another read from Rachael Stewart, the author of Unshackled which I reviewed last yr. Click, read, like, comment and share!
February 18, 2019

An Impossible Thing Called Love – Belinda Missen

My first Aussie author for the year was definitely a great start to my Aussie Author Challenge. Click, read, like, comment and share!
February 11, 2019

Summer on the Italian Lakes – Lucy Coleman

Welcome back everyone, today’s review is along similar lines to last week’s book in that they are both modern day romances. I chose to participate in […]
February 9, 2019

The Secret to Falling in Love – Victoria Cooke

A story about finding meaningful romance in this modern world while glued to our devices. Click, read, like, comment and share!
February 1, 2019

Made to Break Your Heart – Richard Fellinger

This is the first book I've read from the guy's point of view, only, when a relationship is breaking down. Click, read, like, comment and share!
January 28, 2019

At the End of Summer – June Moonbridge

A lovely story about two people trying not to be the worst versions of themselves and struggling to come together for fear of not being good enough for the other one. Click, read, like, comment and share!
January 21, 2019

Love Heart Lane – Christie Barlow

A beautifully charming, sweet, sad story that was dotted with disaster, community spirit and just enough happily ever after to make the perfect combination to keep you hooked the whole way. Click, read, like, comment and share!

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