A New York Love Story by Cassie Rocca is a delightful festive romance that is perfect to read at any time of year. I loved it. It’s a real Cinderella love story that warmed my heart.
The novel explores the theme of identity. It is important to be who we were created to be. No pretence. Just being ‘real’ and enjoying the simple things in life. “She had never lost her childish excitement.” Christmas can bring out the child in us all. It is a magical time for hopes and dreams.
Christmas has romantic connotations – the lights, the snow, the ethereal quality where it feels like anything could happen. Cassie Rocca has perfectly captured the mood and the romance with her comprehensive descriptions. The reader can ‘see’ and ‘feel’ the festive atmosphere.
Righting Wrongs And Healing Wounds
Summer In Tintagel by Amanda James is a wonderful contemporary romantic mystery which I loved.
Set mainly in Tintagel, the scenery comes alive with Amanda James vivid descriptions. The reader ‘walks’ through the action, fully involved rather than a passive participant.
Cornwall is a place ‘of mystery and magic.” The reader ‘experiences’ this air of mystery as they become immersed in the novel.
Skipton is another setting. As I am familiar with ‘the gateway to the dales,’ it was wonderful to ‘see’ the town.
Then. Now. Always by Isabelle Broom is a contemporary romance that I really loved and devoured.
Then. Now. Always is a study of love, life and human relationships. We all need love to function. It comes in different forms, all of which are valuable.
The novel encapsulates hope, using the motif of rainbows. “I come here every morning to watch the rainbows.” Rainbows offer the promise of something brighter to come after the rain. “The darkness that had enveloped her is pierced now with brightness: the future contains hope.”
Another theme is that of appearances. People may show one face to the world but the person behind the smile may be very different.
All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon is a contemporary novel about families and love and loss. It was a study into a family that was falling apart and a study of grief. It was poignantly written and I got totally caught up in the lives of the characters.
Lucy Dillon has created a wonderful set of characters. All unique and with both good points and character flaws, making them easy to empathise with and realistic. The two children were delightful, with their mannerisms that shot straight to my heart. I wanted to mother them both. With their parents marriage falling apart, Lucy Dillon perfectly captured the emotions of the children both through what they did and didn’t do. The emotional trauma tugged at this reader’s heartstrings.