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When in Waterstones I can't help but, buy myself the 3 books for the price of two and just before Christmas I bought plenty of books from all different shops! When I saw two books that were on my list of 'must buys' in the 3 for 2 offer, it was just a case of finding a third book to go with them and this ended up being the one simply because I knew the author. I have to admit I was not 100% sure I would enjoy it as I hadn't totally found the last book by this author completely riveting but, in the interest of getting my free book and willing to give the author another go, it was added to my pile and duly paid for! I recently finished this book and this is my opinion on it!
Sharon Owens is an Irish author who lives in Belfast with her husband and their daughter. She has written 5 previous novels including 'The revenge of the wedding planner' and 'the seven secrets to happiness' which are all fiction.
Emily and Dylan love each other but, sweet natured Emily has many emotional scars to deal with and many to do with her horrible ex Fiancé Alex, who jilted her at the altar. Throw in a pair of troubled parents and a boss going through an emotional crisis and things never seem that straight forward.
Will Dylan be able to make Emily see that she shouldn't blame herself for so many things and help her to learn that she can truly trust him?
Emily is our main character in the book and we meet her as she is on her way to do a photo shoot of a beautiful house for the magazine she works for. As we meet her we realise she is a down to earth person who is quite a mild mannered character and also from the way the author introduces her during the first couple of chapters, that she has some skeletons in her closet from back home in Belfast where her parents live. I liked Emily as it was easy to see as we read, that she is a very caring person who has had to cope with a lot in her life and we also realise that will do what she can for her loved ones despite what they have done in the past. She is not a hugely confident person and this is the only thing I sometimes struggled to connect with as I am not shy in any way so sometimes it is hard for me to imagine being that way! However I felt the character of Emily was a good one and that the author had brought her to life.
As soon as we meet Dylan it is also plain to see that he is a good person too and I think he really suits Emily! I like that he goes out of his way for Emily and that he does his best for her and her parents and overall I think the author did well in creating him this way as it suits the story so well.
There is really one other main character that we meet that is a huge part of the book and that is Emily's friend and Boss, Arabella. At first I really took to her but, later on in the book I completely changed my mind about her. I could understand certain aspects and how certain events would affect her but; I felt it seemed a little too unbelievable how some things she did or said came about. However overall she was a much needed and added some extra oomph to the storyline!
As I bought this in the 3 for 2 deal in Waterstones, the book cost me £4.66 which for a new book is definitely good value. I think because this book is quite slim and at only 297 pages I wouldn't want to pay the full RRP of £6.99 for it but, when on offer, it is worth the money.
I actually really enjoyed this book and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot more than the previous book by the same author. I think the story flows well and the characters are ones you want to read about and this is what makes it enjoyable. Yes it is definitely a chick lit book but, if you've enjoyed others by this author or enjoy this genre, then I don't see why you wouldn't enjoy this one too. Overall I give this book a 4* rating.