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What is it about?
This follows three main characters - Chloe, Dan and Sally - who together survived the Boxing Day Tsumani which devastated many regions in Asia. It looks on their lives a few years after the Tsumani.
Who is it aimed at?
This is a book I would say targeted to young females, either old teenagers or young adults. The issues discussed may be to indepth for 13/14 year olds to fully understand I think.
Erica James I think wrote this book well, I was gripped and couldn't put it down.. but then again so am I with every book I read. I bought this off amazon and it was a bit expensive (£12 - I bought the hardcover version as I prefer it!), but the quality was good and the text not so small you can hardly see it! However as the book is written on the three characters and changing view points I saw myself skipping various parts involving Sally.. I found this was poorly written. But at the same time I found parts revolving around Chloe really gripping - so I don't know whether it was just the character or the actual writing.
Overall, a great beach read!
This is a review of the book "It's the little things" by Erica James. It's a touching story about two couples who survive the Tsunami and it focuses on their lives a few years later and how it affected them in various ways.
Chloe is the main character and she's a GP in the village she grew up in. A genuinely lovely character she was dumped by her boyfriend when they returned from the Tsunami holiday and since then has struggled to meet 'the one.' Dan and Sally are a couple with a child, Marcus and they appear on the outside to have the perfect relationship but dig a little deeper and the cracks start to show.
**Author writes about what she knows***
I won't go on, no point doing a review if you're just going to retell the story... but what really touched me about this book is that the author really was in Thailand when the Tsunami hit, obviously she survived and that's what inspired her to write this novel. Whilst it isn't all about the terrible tragic disaster that took so many lives, it really focuses on how you should appreciate life and live for the day.
My favourite bit in the book is when Chloe discovers the stranger's fit legs she has been eyeing up in the gym belong to the local curator! As a non believer she questions whether it's realistic to start a proper relationship with someone who has such different values to her. But Seth (the vicar) is gorgeous, forgiving, generous AND sexy... what girl could resist???
**Room for improvement?***
There wasn't really anything I disliked about this book. Only that Sally's husband Dan needed to grow a pair at times and not be such a walkover in his home life or role as stay at home dad. He is clearly a lovely man but needed to toughen up in my opinion! But then I do like my men to be good and manly if you know what I mean ha ha!
The author is talented, realistic and a good story teller. Her clever writing about the fire that stokes an affair and the twists of relationships keep you page turning until the end. I will be seeking out her other novel "Tell it to the skies" for future reading.
Would I recommend it? Without a doubt! This is a lovely book and I read it so quickly I knew I was enjoying it, it's a proper page turner.
an excellent easy to read book. Follows the lives of 2 couples who had been on holiday in Thailand during the tsunami. Shows how the decisions they made in the wake of that disaster influenced the rest of their lives.
This is the first erica james book i have read and it certainly wont be the last. I was recommended this book by a family member and was unsure at first as it is not the type of book i would usually read.
It was excellent. Initially it took me a while to get into as it jumps between characters a bit trying to tell the story from a couple of viewpoints BUT once i had got my head around who was who i really started to enjoy it.
there are the main key characters who the story is based around as well as a series of others. All of the characters are likeable and it becomes apparent why they are the way they are as the story progresses. The less important characters throughout the story are also engaging and well described/easy to like.
Erica James' new novel is a captivating and engaging tale of a group of friends, struggling with their emotions three years after collectively surviving the Boxing Day tsunami.
Dan and Chloe are growing apart, and have done ever since their son Marcus was born and Dan took on the role of stay at home dad, while Sally became the main breadwinner through her law career.
With their lives now taking very different paths, Chloe feels increasingly out of tune with her son, while Dan becomes more and more frustrated with his wifes questionable values regarding work/life balance and parenting.
Things are thrown into further turmoil when a handsome and dynamic new work colleague spices things up for Chloe, and makes her realise how dull and safe she finds Dan.
And Dan takes on a new part-time role for a charity and meets the charming and compassionate Tatiana, who is a stark contrast to his reserved wife.
Meanwhile, Sally is the pairs best friend - an unlucky in love GP, who feels unfullfilled with her lot, until a mysterious young man called Seth steals her heart. Things are looking up for Sally, and it seems she may finally be on track to settle down and have a baby, but can she forget her past, and is Seth just too good to be true?
Being unfamiliar with the author, I was not holding out too much hope for this book, but found it thoroughly addictive and more than a little readable. It flows well and is very compelling.
The characters are very real and easy to relate to, and Sally in particular is very likeable. Its also easy to imagine the struggles faced by both Dan and Chloe, as they adjust to the difficulties of parenthood.
The chameo characters are less important to the story, but are still easy to engage with, even if they are less interesting in the bigger picture.
While I found the story itself a little predictable, it still held my attention, probably because the characters are so well created that they insist the reader follows their journey to completion.
The general themes are love, loss, romance, jealousy and ambition, with the main characters experiencing a roller coaster ride of emotions along the way. This is an excellent tale which is insightfully told by by Erica James.
Along with their friend Chloe, Sally and Dan survived the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand while on holiday. Sally fell pregnant with Marcus in the aftermath of the tsunami, but motherhood has not changed her career-orientated nature. With Sally unwilling to let go of her career to look after Marcus, it is Dan who has given up his job instead. Sally seems perfectly happy with this set-up, but how does Dan feel about the arrangement? Having split with her then boyfriend after their life-changing experience, Chloe is a single GP. She meets Seth in the local gym, but is he all he seems?
Sally - I found her to be a hard character to warm to, mostly because she seemed more interested in her legal career than spending time with her family. She also seemed a bit of a cold and sometimes vicious character who doesn't appreciate having Dan and Marcus in her life. Her actions once Harry arrives in her office made me officially dislike her.
Dan - He was much easier to like than Sally and seemed devoted to both her and Marcus, despite getting little back from Sally in terms of their marriage. At times, I felt really sorry for him, particularly in the arguments between him and Sally as their differences become increasingly apparent.
Chloe - Chloe's biological clock is ticking and she longs for a baby of her own. She falls for Seth after their encounters in the gym, but his confessions throws a spanner in the works and she isn't sure whether to take a risk with him or hold out for a safer option. The reappearance of her ex, Paul, further complicates matters. Chloe was another likeable character who finds herself on the receiving end of Sally's viciousness. It was interesting to see her dilemna following Seth's revelation as she battled with her head and her heart.
Seth - He was a character that I was quite indifferent to in that I didn't either like or dislike him, despite him being closely linked to one of the central characters. There was nothing particularly unlikeable about him but he seemed to serve as more of a background character for me.
The book is written in the third person, which makes you feel as though you are observing events without being closely involved in them. The writing style is less chatty and breezy than a chick lit book but it's not overly heavy and is still accessible to those who don't like a 'heavy' read.