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For my birthday back in January, my friend bought me a selection of books by my favourite authors and as an added extra she bought me this thinking it would be the kind of book I would enjoy and in actual fact she got it spot on as I already own three of this authors previous books but, she just didn't know that and so I was very pleased indeed when I found out. It is only now though, that I have finally gotten around to reading it as my book pile is really quite huge and it is taking a fair while to get through all these books I keep either buying, or being given!
Jane Moore is an English author who has written a total of six books including this one. Also a columnist for the Sun and GQ magazine and she regularly writes and investigates pieces for various TV documentaries.
Cam is a woman who doesn't know how to get out of the rut she has found herself in. Living with her boyfriend Dean, of six years and constantly wondering if this is as good as life gets, she is unsure if this is how it is supposed to be after a long time together or whether it should still be a little more interesting. She decides a holiday with her friends is in order and that she can clear her mind. However she didn't bank on meeting Tom, a single father who she discovers has made her feel a spark of excitement. Thinking this is a good time to return home to Dean and try to ignite the spark in their relationship she has all good intentions to do just that until one morning over breakfast, a message comes on from Tom, looking for Cam to get in touch. Now having to face up to the situation she realises she needs to make a decision - does she stay with Dean who can offer a comfortable, reliable but, mundane life or risk everything on a new start with somebody who could possibly be the one?
The character of Cam is a likable one. She is the friend you can imagine having and somebody who is down to earth and just generally having doubts about life and love the same as thousands of others do around the world all the time. Because she is such a real type of person it is easy to relate to her and like her and the fact that she is generally a nice person too makes her somebody that you want the best for too.
Dean again is another character that the author has made as a nice person and this is what makes the story so easy to read because you can really see how both are just your average everyday couple who are struggling to get out of a rut but, both don't want to hurt each other. I also like that the character of Tom has been written as a caring person too as I think if he had been made to be an nasty type person it would have made the story less realistic.
There are a fair few other people who feature who make the book come alive such as Cam's friends Saira and Ella and also Cam's family members, such as her mum and brothers. Overall, I feel the author has created some interesting people and these are very much what make the book work so well.Price:
I am not sure how much my friend paid for the book. Knowing how much like me she is though, she probably bought it as part of a 3 for 2 book offer! The RRP is £6.99 and I would say the book is worth the money but, of course, you can nearly always pick up books cheaper nowadays than their RRP!
I really enjoyed the book as I knew I would. Every other book I have read by this author has been interesting and well written and this one is no exception. The story isn't anything that hasn't already been covered before but, the way the story is written and the fact that the characters are likable makes the book really enjoyable. I liked that Cam was written as a normal, down to earth type of person and somebody that was easy to. I think using the subject of relationships and of those feelings of doubt is a topic that many would be able to relate to and empathise with and it was clever for the author to use this. Overall I was very impressed with the book because not only did it touch on this subject but, it was also light hearted in places too and therefore not a depressing read considering what the story was about! Definitely another book I would recommend from this author.
As I await the arrival of a new baby, I find myself using the time spent waiting to read and have had the opportunity to read material by quite a few novelists, including Jane Moore, a name I knew was familiar, but it was only when I noticed her photograph on the back of the novel that I realised that I also knew the face as well, given that she is a newspaper columnist but also appears sometimes on the likes of Question Time as a guest. I have to admit from the beginning, that she is not someone I particularly enjoy listening to on the TV, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this novel by her, although I am a fan of the chick lit books and so thought it was worth a try, and what I found was that it was actually a very well written, easy to read and enjoyable story.
The story revolves around a central female character Cam Simpson, with Cam being short for Camomile, and therefore a name that she could not escape from. Cam is a hairdresser by trade, and has been living with her boyfriend Dean for 6 years in a rather mundane rut. Yes, Dean is a reliable boyfriend, but Cam is slowly realising that they have long lost their spark, and their life revolves him coordinating his evenings and weekends around the latest football match, and with Cam looking after him. What she can't decide however is if she has fallen out of love with him, or whether this is just the way all relationships go after 6 years of being together. Cam finds welcome relief however in her two best friends Ella and Saira, the former being a bit of a health freak who is currently dating a married man who has obviously no intention of leaving his wife for her. Saira, on the other hand, is a happily married mother of one, who seems to have her life sorted. When the three of them decide that they need a holiday, it is off to Tenerife they go, leaving their various partners behind. It is however in Tenerife that Cam ends up meeting a man Tom, a policeman by trade, who reignites a spark that she has long lost since she has been with Dean. After having a little too much to drink and ending up in his room one night, she flies home feeling rather guilty and hoping that Dean with never find out. However, when Tom puts out a request on a radio programme for Camomile, Cam can't really hide the truth from Dean any longer, however will she tell him the whole truth and decide once and for all whether she really loves him or not, and at the same time, whether she should give this potential new relationship with Tom a go, even though she barely knows him?
As I said in the title of this review, although I very much enjoyed this novel and found it an easy summer read, ideal for taking on beach holiday, it was a little on the predictable side, and to be totally honest a little too over the top at the end and bit a too fairy tale like. Obviously there were certain elements of the novel that I found a little unbelievable such as the fact that Cam really would stay with a man that hardly paid her any attention and whose life clearly revolved around football rather than her - especially since she was clearly getting tired of him. THe deliberation however of will she or won't she stay with him, seemed a little drawn out at stages, and I felt that it lingered a bit too long. In terms of other side plots, there weren't really that many, however there were other characters of interest such as her parents and hairdressing colleague. At times I also didn't think her friends particularly Ella were all that nice and were a little bit huffy at times, but I suppose it was to try and make them seem more believable as characters.
All in all, apart from the book being predictable in terms of endings, it was enjoyable and light hearted and certainly one that doesn't require a lot of thought, which certainly suits me at the moment and would suit anyone looking for a leisurely summer read. I was quite impressed by the style of writing used by Jane Moore, and I certainly would read another of her novels should I see it in my local library.
Cam Simpson has been with her boyfriend Dean for six years and is feeling a little less than satisfied with her lot. She and Dean seem to have found themselves in a rut and he appears more fond of the sofa and the TV than he does of her. Life is comfortable and safe but it is not exactly exciting. Maybe a holiday in Tenerife with her two closest girlfriends will provide the break she needs and she will be able to come back to Dean with renewed interest. That is what Cam hopes for, but perhaps fate has other ideas especially when she meets Tom
Jane Moore's latest book 'Love is on the Air' is all about trying to find the perfect relationship. Cam knows that things are not right with her boyfriend Dean but after six years she is afraid to do anything about it. They are behaving like an old married couple and they are not even married. Therefore, when she goes on holiday with friends Saira and Ella, she is somewhat vulnerable and so it is no surprise that she is attracted to fun loving single dad Tom. After a few drinks one thing leads to another but the next day Cam is racked with guilt. She resolves to forget about Tom and to make more effort in her relationship with Dean.
A few weeks on and it looks like she is being successful. That is until she and Dean hear a very surprising 'Where are they now?' request on the radio. Although Cam has tried to forget about Tom, he obviously hasn't forgotten her. Now that Dean has found out, is it the time to come clean about her feelings or continue living a lie?
Love is on the Air is a light and easy read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Cam is a very likeable main character and it is very easy to sympathise with her especially as she is the one telling the story. It is also not difficult to identify with her position as I guess most people in long term relationships have had to work that little harder at keeping the sparkle alive. Also, the fact that she has so many insecurities and is so indecisive about what to do makes her all the more appealing.
All the characters in the book are very entertaining too. They all have their own stories to tell from Cam's embittered mum who is still struggling to accept that her husband left her for another woman many years ago to Cam's friend Ella, who is 'the other woman' and is a bit of a doormat as far as her married boyfriend is concerned. They are certainly not the best role models as far as perfect relationships are concerned.
Love is on the Air is a very easy read and it is one that it is possible to read quite quickly. The story line is quite absorbing but it is thought provoking too and it reminds you that relationships are not always easy. A lot happens in the book and Cam has the opportunity to examine many other relationships but the reader is always kept guessing about how she is going to deal with her own. Will she settle for Dean or will she take a risk on finding someone who really could be 'the one'? It is a very enjoyable read.
Love is on the Air is currently available from Amazon for £4.57 in paperback (May 2011).
This review has previously appeared under my name at www.thebookbag.co.uk