“ Genre: Fiction / Author: Lucy Diamond / Paperback / 400 Pages / Book is published 2009-08-07 by Pan Books „
Hen reunited is a story about three best friends who were at each others hen nights, and how after many years and the failures of all three of their marriages they get back together for a new celebration.
You meet Alice, a new mother who is left to fend for herself and beautiful baby Iris when her love rat husband cheats on her, when his new found celebrity status makes him a little too big for his boots. Katie, who after the breakdown of her marriage to vile never can be trusted ex husband has moved onto to a new relationship with the perfect man, but is still scared of settling down. Finally we are introduced to the most glamorous of the friends Georgia, a gossip columnist living in London, who has always put her career first even hurting one of her best friends in the process.
Can all be well again in the world of the hens? Will Alice's gorgeous ex husband Jake return to the save the day? Will Georgia realise that it's love and not gossip that makes the world go round? and will Katie finally get over her fear of commitment and find her happy ever with the wonderful Steve?
You will have to read the book to find out!
I picked this book up after reading a few positive reviews, but I have to say I was a little dissapointed.
I loved the character of Alice a lot, as Lucy Diamond has written her very well and in a way that although you feel sorry for her you don't feel that she's altogether a lost cause and you find yourself rooting for her to find something good in her life.
The ending of the book was to me the best part and I did find myself hurrying to get to the end to see how it would end for all the women to see if they would get their happy endings.
I found that in parts I felt the book was dragging and there were times when I wanted to skip a few pages, although definately not the worst chic lit offering I have read this wouldn't get pride of place on my shelf.
Hen's reunited is priced at £6.99 but can be bought on amazon for £4.32 or of course on marketplace used from 11pence.
Katie, Georgia and Alice thought they would be best friends forever. As well as being great friends they were also all at each others hen nights. Years later however, all of the girls' marriages have fallen apart and the girls barely keep in contact. Katie's marriage was so bad it left her scared to marry again. What's she going to do when her new boyfriend proposes? Georgia is a single newspaper columnist who ruined Alice's marriage, can Alice ever forgive Georgia? Alice is now a single mother worried she'll never get over her ex. Can she find love again? Can the girls ever make up and go back to how their friendship was?
Hens Reunited was the first book I had the pleasure of receiving to review when the site first opened. I worried for ages that if I hated the book I would have to say so and thus forever offend Lucy and her publishers. I had nothing to worry about though, as I really enjoyed the novel.
This is actually my second Lucy Diamond book and I really enjoyed Over You, which I read a while ago, so I hoped I would enjoy Hens Reunited as much. The book starts by taking us back in time to the three girls' hen nights and then coming back to the present and to how they are now. Each chapter also has a Take That song at the beginning which is a quirk I love from authors. Particularly with Take That songs, I love Take That.
The storyline sounds quite basic at first but is in fact incredibly enjoyable nevertheless as each girl has issues from their previous marriage as well as other issues from the past. Georgia has by far the most complex back story and it was a pleasure to read. All three girls though were hugely affected by their first marriage and that is apparent as the book progresses. It was interesting untangling their failed marriages and seeing if it was possible for them to love again. There was also the story of how the girls' friendship disintegrated especially with what Georgia did to Alice. Yes, maybe she was only trying to help but she did it in the wrong way and I could see both sides of view about the issue.
All of the girls are fabulous characters and all are flawed and come across as incredibly real. I think I liked Georgia best which surprised me as she wasn't the nicest of the three girls. However she was immensely enjoyable and the reasons she did some of the things she did were believable enough. Alice was incredibly nice even though she had to cope with becoming a single mother and having to move house. She didn't let it get her down too much but had her weak moments. Katie, for me, had the weakest storyline of the three girls I felt but she was still an OK character. She acted as the go-between between Georgia and Alice, trying to create some sort of peace. Each of the girls have their own love story and for me Georgia's was the best. It took a while but it all worked out eventually.
The book is written in the third person and each chapter swings towards a different girl, never giving us two chapters with the same one, which meant the book was incredibly fast-paced and difficult to put down. There was so much happening and yet I found it incredibly easy to keep up with everything. Incredibly the whole story happens within a week which people may think is unbelievable but it all adds to the pace of the book as far as I was concerned.
The cover isn't fantastic, in fact I really dislike it, but you need to get past that as the book itself is fantastic. It's an incredibly enjoyable read and I really recommend it. I look forward to Lucy's next offering!
A good few years ago, Katie, Georgia and Alice were all at each others hen nights promising to be best friends forever and looking forward to starting their married lives. Fast forward a few years later and nothing seems to have gone to plan for the girls. Katie's husband turned out to be Mr Wrong, and although she's now back in a loving relationship, she's determined never to get married again. Georgia is now a high-flying journalist but has sold out one of her friends along the way, leaving her feeling lonely and married to her career. Finally, Alice has just welcomed her baby daughter but has had to move to a new house to get over her cheating ex, who she is still in love with. With the hens lives changing and friendships being made and broken, will the hens ever be reunited?
Lucy Diamond is the pseudonym of children's author Sue Mongredien, and she seems to have branched out well into Women's Fiction. I have read and enjoyed her debut novel Any Way You Want Me, and I have Over You on my bookshelf to read. I was excited to read Lucy's third book when I was sent it by the publishers, and I really liked the premise of following a group of women years after their hen nights. I sat down for an enjoyable read, and I certainly got that!
With a group of female characters all taking the lead, you really have to like them all otherwise the book is going to fail. Luckily for us readers, Diamond has created 3 very normal and nice women who we can all relate to, and consequently I cared about what was going to happen to them. The book is written in the third person so it is easy to follow each of the three stories at once. The characters are all very different, as are their storylines so you have no problem making the transistion between them when the narrative changes, and I found this kept my attention and I was eager to read on to find out who I would be following next!
All 3 characters were lovely, but I have to admit having a soft spot for poor old Alice. I know what it feels like to have to cope with a newborn without any family around and to move somewhere new and not know anyone, so I did feel empathy with her. Georgia was the great one we love to hate, and you did see a different side to her as the book went on which I loved. Katie seemed to hold the whole story together and it is her we follow at the beginning and who really becomes the main character. There aren't all that many other characters in the book, it really does choose to focus on the three women, but I liked it this way because with 3 main characters, it could have ended up with way too many characters to keep track of!
The book does have little flashbacks all the way through to give the viewer the back story between the 3 women. I enjoyed the way the story was revealed slowly, and as things became clearer, it made the book more enjoyable to read for me. There were a few twists and turns along the way which I wasn't expecting and I enjoyed the direction that the book took throughout. It moves along at a good pace, and it felt realistic with everything that happened and how long it took things to develop.
This was a super book, and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. It is a book that will appeal to readers of all ages, and I am sure we will all be able to relate to something that happens to Katie, Georgia or Alice! The reading style is fun and easy to read, it's the sort of book you can dip in and out of during the day and get back into straight away. The unfolding histories of the women were well written and my favourite part of the book. Highly recommended for a fab summer read of finding love, and keeping friendships.
ISBN: 9780330464352. Published by Pan books in August 2009. The paperback has 448 pages and has an RRP of £6.99. Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review.
Thank you for reading.
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Yes I've returned to fluffy literature
After the thrills of the last couple of books I've read and enjoyed, a brief dip into some fluffy chick lit was inevitable. And enjoyable.
This is the story of three friends, Katie, Georgia and Alice. The tale of their three very different hen parties, a brief insight into the breakdown of their marriages and friendship, and the finding each other again.
Katie is a Maths teacher. Married first, and far too young. Divorced quickly and built up walls. When a shock proposal sweeps her back into her past, she starts to understand how she became the way she did and decides to turn herself around.
Georgia is a hardnosed, hard-hearted Gossip Journalist. When a family illness forces her to return 'up north' briefly, she comes face to face with her childhood tormentor, and a revelation about her career.
Alice is a single mother. Her actor ex has never met their daughter, and she has just rented a tiny cottage in a village in the West Country, and promptly discovered herself the centre of attention for the village gossips.
This is a very well written novel, with characters that most would be able to identify to people they know. They are very likeable and the story is easy to get drawn into.
Each chapter tells a different part of someone's story, so the strands of the story get unravelled through out the story, with the ends coming together at the end of the book.
It was a very easy read of a very nicely flowing story. Perfect for a rainy weekend, or a day on the beach