I’ve always loved to read, have been brought up around books and have passed on this love of books and reading to our daughter. And there’s the key. For the past (almost) decade, I haven’t made the time to read, always putting some else’s needs first (rightly or wrongly – there’s a discussion for a separate blog post!).
But I took up reading again and it gave me the idea to share the books that I’ve loved. This won’t be a full-on review, just a personal view of why I enjoyed the book.
My take on ‘The Woman at Number 24’ by Juliet Ashton
I’ve mentioned before how I steer away from ‘chick lit’ beach-type reads and I would class this in that genre but there was something that lured me into this one as it sat on the library ‘all donations gratefully received’ shelf.
As I started reading, I wondered if I would regret my purchase because of the Notting Hill setting (I’m not sure how cheesy you can get?!) and the main character being the divorcee of the man who lives in the flat below.
Thankfully though, the author builds up the ex Leo’s ‘darling’ character so effectively that you want to slap him, frankly.
That aside, the deeper tales of deceit, of being true to yourself, of caring, building trust and respecting others’ feelings/opinions kept me reading.
No spoilers here but I got dewey-eyed over a hedgehog can didn’t predict the pitter patter of tiny feet. Not for ‘her’ in any case!
There’s nothing worse (for me) than a fluffy ‘they all lived happily ever after’ ending. While this doesn’t ‘quite’ fit that bill, it comes very close. But as yo know, I don’t post reviews of books that I don’t enjoy. That said, I was looking forward to moving on the next in my TBR pile…
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