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Love Nest - Julia Llewellyn
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Love Nest - Julia Llewellyn
Advantages: Good storyline
Disadvantages: Had me a bit confused at first as there are a lot of characters
This is a review of the 2010 book 'Love Nest' by Julia Llewellyn which I have just enjoyed reading. The book is centred on three sets of people and their house moves, when they become involved in a chain, stopping and starting and negotiating offers between them. Each person is unsatisfied with their current property and wishes to move up the ladder but as we know, house moves never seem to be that straighforward.
Lucinda is an estate agent with a secret. Her rich daddy whom she is trying to impress by working hard and proving herself for a stake in the family business. Nick is a rock star originally from Burnley but now living in London and trying to look and live like the image he desires but really the cosy nights in and take aways are all he desires with his homely but loving giflfriend Kylie. Gemma and Alex live in a luxury loft appartment but they long for a baby and their property with its walk in wardrobes and elevated beds is just not suited to child friendly living. Gemma needs a big favour from her sister Bridget but will she get it? Karen's the mother in a family of four who want to move to the country and live like lord and lady of the manor and Grace is hanging on to her beloved property Chadlicote Manor by the sin of her teeth. Her brother is pushing her to sell up following their mother's death and he's happy for it to go cheap but Grace is struggling to let it go.
There were a lot of characters in this book and I did get a bit mixed up for the first few chapters until you work out who's who and what house they live in and where they want to move to. I found some of the characters, like Lucinda different to like as they seemed hell bent on ruining what they have in life. I enjoyed Nick's battle between what he enjoyed and what he felt he should be enjoying as his fame mounts. It seemed like the book was trying to teach us to appreciate what we have in the 'you don't know what you've got till it's gone' lyrics. It is true that you don't know what's waiting round the corner and what seems important now may not next week. I thought the title of this book 'love nest' was not particularly matched to the content of the book. I read this book in lots of ood installments due to having a new baby and a two year old and I had to make the most of a sacred 30 minutes in the bath to devour as much of the book as possible. Perhaps this accounted for the early confusion over characters.
I did enjoy reading this book and found it quite lighthearted and easy going with a satisfactory conclusion to all the characters' stories at the end. The writing style was good quality and easy to follow with a consistency in character behaviour and good links between the different characters.
Summary: Good read