windfallTitle: Windfall

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Pages: 416 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

Alice doesn’t believe in luck. Alice believes in love. Mostly that she’s been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for the last three years. When she buys him a lottery ticket for his birthday and he wins 32 million dollars, they are thrown together with the world at their feet. Teddy decides that he will spend his money committing random acts of kindness and who better to go on that adventure with him than Alice? In the process they get to know themselves and each other better than they have before, but money can’t buy you love…

The Review

I love Jennifer E. Smith books. I have not yet read one of her books that I haven’t fallen in love with and Windfall is no different.

Windfall imparts the message that money doesn’t necessarily buy happiness. When Teddy wins millions on the ticket that Alice bought him, he thought it was the answer to all of his prayers but he soon realises that his fortune carries a responsibility. That responsibility is to be true to who you are and not allow money to change that.

Whilst Windfall is about responsibility it is also an insight into how fortune and wealth can change relationships; Teddy and Alice’s, Alice and her dead parent’s, and Teddy and his father’s.

Jennifer E. Smith weaves a brilliant story together that is full of heart. It is warm and engaging with memorable characters and problems.

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4 Stars

The Blurb

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this new irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions.

The Review

Firstly, let me thank Frances Gough of Headline Books for sending me a review copy.

I absolutely love books by Jennifer E. Smith. She is the one author that one of my closest friends (shout out to Suaad) and I  rave about and swoon over (in a non-romantic way) because her novels have an uncanny way of reminding us what it was like to be young and in love. Jennifer E. Smith has a skill, a wonderful talent of making not only loveable protagonists and heroes but also an amazing way of making you a part of their love story. For me, there is not much more that I want from a writer.

Reading Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith is like reading a romance novel in reverse. It is bittersweet but strangely hopeful and uplifting. It makes you want to revisit your memories of your high school college crush – just the good parts mind though.

The story focuses on Clare and Aiden; teenagers who have been going out for two years but have to make the difficult decision as to whether to keep their relationship alive even though they are both heading to different colleges that are two thousand miles apart. Should they be practical or follow their hearts.

In a somewhat novel twist, Smith has usurped what I would have thought the natural roles. She has made Clare the pragmatist and Aiden the hopeless romantic. What is particularly special about Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between is that you feel like you are living out the drama with Clare and Aiden and you can see both sides of the argument. You feel as discombobulated as the two main characters. Now that is good writing.

For those among you who love a good romance novel that fills you with the warm and fuzzies then you must read Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith (and indeed her other works) because the woman just nails it. Every. Damn Time.

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Hello Goodbye and Everything In Between

Title: Happy Again

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Pages: 84 Pages

The Blurb

Ellie O’Neill and Graham Larkin fell hard for each other when a misspelled email address unexpectedly brought them together. Now, over a year has passed since they said goodbye with the promise to stay in touch, and their daily emails have dwindled to nothing. Ellie is a freshman in college and has told herself to move on, and Graham has kept himself busy starring in more movies, as well as a few tabloid columns. But fate brought these two together once before–and it isn’t done with them yet.

In this sequel novella to This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith revisits two beloved characters to tell the story of one magical night in Manhattan. When Ellie and Graham come face to face once more, can they get past the months of silence and the hurt feelings to find their happily-ever-after again?

The Review

I absolutely adored This is What Happy Looks Like. I fell in love with Ellie and Graham and I rooted for their love to last. And yes, once I had finished reading This is What Happy Looks Like I had that amazing feeling of joy; that satisfied feeling of someone who is happy and content for their characters.

So imagine my consternation when I started Happy Again and found out that Ellie and Graham didn’t make it; that their love story was over. I was gutted.

Ellie and Graham had lost contact. Their lives were too different; Graham – a massive movie star and Ellie – a quiet girl who just wants to get through college. However, a chance meeting in New York has led them both to question their feelings and what really is important. Being apart or being happy?

Ok, as much as I was dismayed at the premise of this short story I have to admit I can understand why Smith developed the story in this way. The continuation of Ellie and Graham’s story worked well in novella format and I think it would be too soon for Smith to create a full on novel about the characters just yet. However, if in a few years time she wanted to do a full length sequel, I for one would be very excited to read it.

Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith is available now.

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Happy Again