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I think I could do with a few lessons sometimes
Lessons in Love - Kate Lawson
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Lessons in Love - Kate Lawson
Advantages: a good read
Disadvantages: a lot of characters
One of my recent selections from the library was Lessons in Love by Kate Lawson. I had never heard of the author before choosing this title; however a quick read of the blurb indicated it might be a book I would enjoy.
The novel appeared to be loosely based on Life Swap by Jane Green, and as I enjoyed that book, I decided to give this one a go too.
In Lessons in Love we meet two main characters, Jane Mills and Jayne Mills. Yes that's right two women with the same name. One is approaching fifty and lives in a large new build house with her own businesses, whilst the other is approaching thirty and has just been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and made redundant from her job and lives in a grotty road a few miles away from the other lady.
Jayne and Jane both have very similar addresses as well weirdly enough which is how the two will meet when the young Jane starts to get Jayne's post by accident. As she has opened it by mistake she decides to deliver it by hand, aware of how she will look if she hands it into the post office.
When the two ladies meet a couple of times due to mistaken addresses via Royal Mail, they get to talking as you do, and both discover how they aren't happy with their original life and would love a change.
Well what better way to change than to almost swap, except the rich Jayne goes on holiday rather than living in Jane's grotty house.
To start with the book seemed a bit farfetched to be real. Who in their right mind would just give up their house to a stranger to look after, including their businesses whilst they went on a holiday to "find themselves"?
Jayne didn't leave Jane in charge with no back up. She has a housekeeper, Gary, and business partner, Ray, to look over things for her.
Both Ray and Gary have been with Jayne for years and she trusts them enough to let them run the house and the business for her while she is away.
The book takes a turn with young Jane moving into Jayne's house when she goes travelling. She seems to settle very well for someone living in a stranger's house. I'm not sure that I would appear so comfortable in someone else's house.
Immediately young Jane doesn't take to Ray and she doesn't know why. Gary on the other hand will do anything to help her.
The book takes on the tales of both ladies adventures and splits between the two. There is a lot happening in the young Jane's life that does require some keeping up with at points during the book. She goes through more situations than seems humanly possible, from looking after the lady next door, to being accused of blackmail and extortion to falling in love.
We touch on Jayne less on her travels but you still get a good idea of how her life is panning out, especially when it appears she is being cut off from everything with no money and phone. Could Jane be behind this in England and not be trusted after all?
I won't give the plot away but I did get drawn into the storyline very quickly in this book. Lawson has a good way of gripping the reader's attention and keeping them there. I did find that the book went a bit stale in the middle and I was wondering if it was going to be picked up again, but thankfully she saved it again quickly, and got it back on track for suspense and love.
There was a good twist to the book, despite the whole idea being very farfetched. I had guessed what was going to happen very quickly, but I don't think she did enough to hide the culprit and turns of events as good as she perhaps could have as an author.
I did find there were a lot of characters to get your head around during the book as well as a sub plot happening that was being brushed over quite a lot. It was important to the book but I also think it could have been left out as well.
Overall this was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes chick lit. I will be looking out for more by Lawson in the future.
Summary: a good chick lit book