Just the Two of UsTitle: Just the Two of Us

Author: Georgie Capron

Pages: 311 Pages

Publisher: Aria

The Blurb

Lucy is the wrong side of thirty and tormented daily by the idyllic family pictures cluttering up her Facebook newsfeed. All of her friends seem to be getting married and having babies, and yet here she is, resolutely single, and no prospect of creating the perfect family she’s always dreamt of.

How she longs for it to be her turn.

But finding love is complicated, and as time passes she wonders if there might just be another way to make her dreams come true. Is she brave enough to go it alone, or is the fantasy of ‘baby makes three’ just too precious to give up on?

Funny, warm, and a story for our time, Just the Two of Us will make you laugh and cry, and remind you never to give up on love.

The Review

You know what? There were some really good elements to Just the Two of Us by Georgie Capron but there were also some elements that were not so pleasant to read.

Let’s start with the story. The story focuses on Lucy, a woman who is in the latter half of her 30s and wondering why she hasn’t got her ducks in a row. She has a job that she loves but she doesn’t have a man or a baby which is something she is desperate to have. The structure of Just the Two of Us is really good. Capron hits you with a few double bluffs and she does, for the most part, keep you on your toes.

Sadly, at times it felt like the story was being over told. Capron didn’t trust the reader enough to create the world in their own head. I personally felt like I was given every detail. It also felt a bit like reading a list. The writer constantly tells us what is happening and why it is happening. It almost felt like the “and then” scenario. A grossly over exaggerated example is they went for coffee and then they went to the bus stop so they could go home when they got off the bus they used their key to open up the door and go inside before climbing the stairs to enter their flat. Ok, that is a hammed up example but it made me wish the writer trusted me more.

However, one of the things that Capron did well was have a book that celebrated the alternative choices for women. She delicately looks at the world of artificial insemination and discusses it from both sides of the spectrum – the horror of the older generation and the positivity of freedom of choice.

As this is Capron’s debut novel I can forgive a few of her writing indiscretions. However, I will be reading her next novel with ever the watchful eye.

Just the Two of Us by Georgie Capron is available now.

For more information regarding Aria (@Aria_Fiction) please visit www.ariafiction.com.

3 Stars

a-new-york-love-storyTitle: A New York Love Story

Author: Cassie Rocca

Pages: 177 Pages

Publisher: Aria

The Blurb

A charming Christmas romance for fans of Meg Cabbot.

Will the magic of Christmas be enough to light a spark?

Giving a present is not always easy. Clover O’Brian knows that only too well: her job consists of helping people in the arduous task of choosing unusual gifts. Christmas is coming, New York is buzzing, and Clover, who has always loved the festive period, savours the atmosphere.

Cade Harrison already has everything in life. A Hollywood actor, he is handsome, rich, famous and popular. Success, however, has its downsides; having just emerged from a disastrous relationship with an actress, he feels a need to hide away in an area unfrequented by stars, in an apartment lent him by a friend, far from prying eyes – especially those of tabloid reporters. But as chance will have it, the apartment in question is right opposite the one occupied by Clover, who until now has seen Hollywood actors only on the big screen. Two quite different lives meet by chance, at the most exhilarating time of year…

The Review

When I started A New York Love Story I was convinced I was going to be reading a trivial little story; just another Christmas book that are a dime a dozen. I was so, so wrong.

A New York Love Story can be taken in two ways. Firstly, a book that leaves you so warm and fuzzy that you immediately start searching the internet for cheap flights to New York. However, there is another serious side to it; several, in fact.

The first serious issue being that our obsession with celebrity culture is actually very intrusive and damaging. We follow the bourgeoning relationship of Clover and Cade. This Cinderella story sees a normal girl try to have a relationship with a celebrity but the intrusion of the media complicates things. Besides having to handle the usual pangs of a new relationship Cassie and Cade have an extra dimension of drama to deal with.

It also deals with family issues. About strained relationships with parents and siblings and whilst Rocca does not force resolution upon her readers she does emphasise the point that your family is who you make it. You can choose your friends but you cannot choose your family. Even without resolution you get the feeling that things end up good for our heroine.

A New York Love Story was a joy to read. I loved the multi-perspective storytelling, I loved the characters and I loved the feeling I had when I turned the last page. This is definitely a winning novel for me from Cassie Rocca.

A New York Love Story by Cassie Rocca is available now.

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For more information regarding Aria (@Aria_Fiction) please visit www.ariafiction.com.