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Please Forgive Me - Melissa Hill
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Please Forgive Me - Melissa Hill
Advantages: Entertaining all the way through
Disadvantages: Cheesy ending
'Please Forgive Me' by Melissa Hill is a fictional story which falls under the genre of chick-lit. Now for all of you that don't like chick-lit the very first thing I will say is don't be put off! I actually am not a huge fan of this genre myself, but do occasionally like it when I want an easy, uplifting read. However 'Please Forgive Me' is more than just that, it is also somewhat of a page turner and for this reason I think it would appeal to readers of most sorts.
The story has a few central characters, the main ones being Leonie who has moved from Ireland to San Francisco to get away from her troubles and Alex who lives in San Francisco but has a few problems of the romantic sort of her own. The two become friends quite early on in the story and through their friendship, we learn more about their problems. However it isn't as straightforward as all that, as the author, Melissa Hill does a brilliant job at keeping us guessing at what problems exactly these two ladies face. Rather than your average chick-lit read, this was more chick-lit - come mystery/thriller! I was quite taken in by the book at times, wandering more about the lives of these two characters even wanting to go on reading when I just didn't have the time. It was quite literally a page turner!
So a little bit more about the story for those who think this might just be your cup of tea...when Leonie initially moves to San Francisco and finds a place to rent, she also comes across a box full of letters addressed to a person whose name she does not recognise. She assumes that they must belong to the previous tenant but there's something about these letters that doesn't seem quite right. They all look like they were sent from the same person and they all look a little bit old. Leonie wants to know who they are from and who they need to be sent to, but in her efforts to get these strange letters to their rightful owner, the letters become more and more of a mystery! And how this fits in with Leonie's own problems and her new friend Alex's life is all part of this rollercoaster of a story.
I really did enjoy this book, which is probably already quite obvious from my review so far. I do mean it when I say that I often found myself struggling to put this book down. I don't get a massive amount of time to read, but when I did, I found myself relishing in the joy of reading 'Please Forgive Me', wondering what was going to happen next, and trying to figure out Leonie's past and Alex's complex present.
I can't hugely fault the book. If I have any criticisms it would be that for me, the conclusion of the book was just a little cheesy. But then I suppose it is meant to be a light-hearted feel-good book so I'm not sure that is really so bad.
I picked this up from my local library but you can buy it online at Amazon for £0.01 (used), plus p+p.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A page-turner!