When a young woman becomes stranded in a snowstorm, she expects the worst. Falling unconscious in the blizzard, she is eventually found by a mysterious stranger. When she awakes, she realises a kind family have taken her under their wing to look after her. She has no idea who she is or where she was going, and to discover this, she begins hypotherapy sessions. Rather than discovering her true self, she regresses to a past life as Victorian Kitty. During her time with this family, she uncovers some ground-breaking truths about their past as well Kitty's.
After reading Melanie Rose's other books 'Could it be Magic?' and 'Down to Earth', in terms of character development, this was by far the most impressive. Each character was given depth and their personalities were well described. They felt real, and although we don't know much about the main character throughout the story (unless you count her past life), she is easy to identify with because of the novel being written in first person and her emotions are discussed in detail.
Sometimes it is evident what will happen in a story- you know the ending before you're halfway through, but this had me guessing right up until the end. The twists and turns of the plot made it a mystery as to what path the story would take. There were various possibilities in how the story could turn out which made it mysterious and exciting.
I found some parts of the story a little spooky, such as the mentioning of ghosts and also when the main character has sudden flashbacks to her past life. It kept me on the edge of my seat and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.
There is nothing I particularly disliked about this novel, although it was somewhat frustrating how, even at the end, we still don't find out much about the main character. This may seem irrelevant, however.
Although the topic of reincarnation is rarely something discussed in chick lit novels, I would definitely recommend it to any fans of the genre, and to anyone who is also fans of the mysterious, unknown and paranormal. If you've read other books by Melanie Rose and enjoyed them, you'll love this. It kept me hooked and I read it in a day.
A young woman wakes up buried in the snow and has no idea what she is doing there. She's rescued by a local family, and they take her in, promising to look after her until her memory returns. But after several days, she still has no idea where she is, who she is or what she is doing. The family are looking after her well - daughter Jadie is a delight and has spoken for the first time in years, housekeeper Tara is pleasant but she can sense something is awry, and house owner Vincent is distant but she can feel a spark there. When Tara's brother Colin visits and hypnotises her trying to find out something about her past, something is uncovered that none of them expect. Will she ever be able to uncover her identity, or will she be forever stuck with Vincent as his family pretending to be someone she's not?
I first heard of Melanie Rose when I read her fantastic debut novel Could It Be Magic? which started off as a self-published book and was later picked up by Harper Collins who I am sure are thrilled with the very talented author. Her second novel has a similar theme - a lost character trying to find themselves so I was very interested to see if it was going to be too similar to Could It Be Magic? for it to be enjoyable or if Rose would come up trumps again with her second book. After reading it and loving it, I can safely say Melanie Rose is quickly becoming one of my new favourite authors and I am so looking forward to seeing where she goes with her writing career.
The most curious thing about this book for me was not knowing the name of the leading character for pretty much the whole of the novel. Yes, she gives herself the name "Kate" after a considerable amount of time but as it's written in the first person from "Kate's" perspective, there isn't much need for a name and Rose uses lots of ways to get around this. I found this so interesting because while you felt you were getting to know the character in one way, you are also totally aware that you don't know her at all and the lack of name makes that completely obvious to the reader. In fact, we only find out her true identity at the very end of the book and her real name is mentioned once, blink and you'll miss it! I loved the way this was done and full credit to Melanie Rose for her writing of this part of the story.
Another brilliant thing about this novel was how multi-dimensional it was. As well as the mystery story of who our leading lady was (which actually seemed to take a back seat for a little while in the book), there were a few other stories in there too. One was to do with the family that "Kate" stays with - Jadie is very ill and hasn't spoken for years, yet speaks to Kate like it's nothing out of the ordinary. The story around this is actually quite heart-breaking and the way it slowly unfolds is so tenderly done that you are completely captivated by it. It is a tough area that is dealt with very delicately by Rose, and I think she has tackled them extremely well. She manages to grasp the emotions of a young girl, a broken father and a bereft housekeeper all in one book and yet you feel with each of them, it was just a joy to read.
The last thread of the book is the regression of "Kate" by Colin. It's not something that particularly interests me and not a subject I know much about myself, but it worked really well in this book, especially for the purpose of the story. You can tell that Rose has done her research for this book, and it comes across in the way she writes "Kate's" regressions, and the detail of the Victorian time she regresses to is perfect. I was almost in as much in love with Kitty's story as I was Kate's and that's no mean feat for an author to get the reader to love 2 stories within 1 book! It was a good addition to the novel, and I am so impressed by how well Rose has weaved all these different threads together to create such a fabulous read.
If you haven't discovered this author yet, then I definitely recommend you seek out a copy of this book because it is an amazing read. I thought Rose's debut novel was brilliant but she has bettered that with her second novel, and this makes me extremely excited for her further offerings! There is so much crammed into 400 pages, and it is a wonderful jounrey you go on with all of these characters. They seem so real as you read them, and you absolutely care for them 100% because they are written so brilliantly. Our leading lady was so lovely, and you can sense her emotion of despair, feeling lost yet also feeling somewhat found with her "new" family. It's a joy to read, and I loved every page, I was so gutted when it finished. A fantastic read, please do try to read it!
Thank you to the publishers AVON for sending me a copy to review for http://chicklitreviews.com.
ISBN: 978-1847561060. Published by Avon in January 2010. RRP: £6.99.
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I do love my books and as always I can never resist a new book if I see it on offer and the blurb sounds interesting. This was what happened recently when I was in Asda and spotted that they had Mike Gayle's new book in paperback on the 2 for £7 offer. Unable to resist I started looking at another book to combine with and spotted this new book. I had never heard of the author before but, the plot seemed interesting and the fact that it had a tag stating that 'fans of Sophie Kinsella will love Melanie Rose' really had me intrigued! It wasn't long before these were in my basket and sat at home with me!
Melanie rose is an English author who has become an international bestseller and even though this book has literally just been released she already has another in the pipeline due for release early next year. Also her book 'Could it be magic?' is apparently in the pipeline for a film adaptation.
The book follows the story of a young woman who from the beginning of the book we do not know her name. We witness the woman have an accident during a snowstorm and lose her memory. After being rescued and finding herself looked after by a family who have plenty of problems of their own, we follow her discovery of herself and her identity. Added to the fact that here is still a heavy snowstorm and that under the circumstances she has no choice but, to stay where she is it makes for an interesting time!
What really struck me was that the author manages to have the main character without a name for a fair few chapters. Even at the beginning we are not given her name before the accident and yet I immediately was drawn into the book. The characters that come into the book are very well described by the author and I felt like I knew the people in the book well enough to feel 'involved' in the story from very early on. I like that the author was able to do this as I always feel this is what can make or break a book.
There are many strong people involved in the story who you really get to know well and all add a certain depth to the plot. I enjoyed how the author linked things together to make you want to keep reading and find out stuff along with the main woman - you feel like you are right there with her on her journey of discovery about herself!
I of course bought this as part of the 2 for £7 offer in Asda so in effect it was priced at £3.50. However I imagine when not on offer it would be at normal price of £6.99. You can always look at various online and offline stores that may also do it on offer as part of a 3 for 2 as well.
I really, really enjoyed this book as it was very easy to get into, very interesting as the plot had something a bit different about it and I was always wanting to get back to it - in fact I started reading it whilst in work and every time the phone rang and I was interrupted I was actually quite annoyed!! I then carried on reading it when I finished work and finished it the same evening as I could just not put it down! At first I was curious to see if Melanie Rose really was as good as Sophie Kinsella and I am glad that I gave her book a chance as it really was brilliant! At 403 pages it is not overly long but, I think what heightened my enjoyment so much when I was reading it was that fact that I was also stuck at home because of the snow. It really added to feeling like I could relate to the book and yet of course the author would not have known that there would be a freak cold spell in the UK and huge snow storms when this was to be released. Highly recommended from me!