Title: Until We Collide

Author: Charlotte Fallowfield

Pages: 194 Pages

Publisher: Charlotte Fallowfield

The Blurb

What do you do when the guy you’re in love with is seeing someone else?

That’s the dilemma facing Paige Taylor. All of her life she’s only ever had eyes for the gorgeous Alec Wright, but despite their undeniable chemistry, their timing has always been off. Fast approaching her thirtieth birthday, Paige despairs of ever finding love and a happy ever after. Her best friend Poppie tells her that she can either watch life pass her by, or grab it with both hands. She convinces Paige to throw herself back into the dating pool, or she could be waiting for Alec forever.

What Paige didn’t expect was the catalogue of dating disasters to follow. A neck brace, jelly fish, stitches, flashing and an encounter with a gorilla were some of the most memorable. Despite some downright hilarious, humiliating and cringe worthy dates, her biological clock is ticking and Paige is determined to keep trying until she finds the one. Was Alec Wright always her Mr. Right, or is he still out there waiting to be found?

Join Paige in her quest to find the ultimate prize. Love.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I normally don’t like bellyaches but when they come from laughing too hard I can kind of get over it. That is exactly what I had to do when I read Charlotte Fallowfield’s Until we Collide. It was damn funny.

Until We Collide is the story of Paige. Paige is in love with Alec but when her plans to make him fancy her leave her spritzed in cow poo we can see she isn’t making the most traditional best impression.

We see a series of wacky misadventures coupled with Paige’s verbal diarrhoea and you cannot help but laugh out loud. Paige is a modern day Bridget Jones.

What is quite remarkable is that Fallowfield took a risk with the character of Paige. Running parallel to all of her mishaps is the fact that she comes of age and blossoms. She ends up with a job as an international supermodel. Now, for the average girl (me) that could be kind of hard to connect with. For some, this would be an instant book closer but Fallowfield has made Paige to be wonderfully normal and also rather tangible in her clumsiness.

Until We Collide is a brilliant Sliding Doors comedy that will have you grabbing your sides with laughter.

Until We Collide by Charlotte Fallowfield is available now.

For more information regarding Charlotte Fallowfield (@) please visit www.charlottefallowfield.co.uk.

Planks LawTitle: Plank’s Law

Author: Lesley Choyce

Pages: 179 Pages

Publisher: Orca Books Publishers

The Blurb

Trevor has known since he was ten years old that he has Huntington’s disease, but at sixteen he is informed that he has one year to live. One day while he’s trying to figure stuff out, an old man named Plank finds him standing at a cliff by the ocean. It’s the beginning of an odd but intriguing relationship. Both Trevor and Plank decide to live by Plank’s Law, which is “just live.” This means Trevor has to act on the things on his bucket list, like hanging out with real penguins, star in a science fiction movie and actually talk to Sara—the girl at the hospital who smiles at him.

With the aid of Plank and Sara, Trevor revises his bucket list to include more important things and takes charge of his illness and his life.

The Review

Plank’s Law is a novella in the style of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and In Bloom by Matthew Crow. It is the story of a teenager dealing with terminal illness. Plank’s Law embraces the reality of friendships formed through mutual illnesses and also looks at the concept of making every moment count. Furthermore, it explores how on the surface people can seem happy but we each have our own battles to deal with whether it be a physical illness or a mental one.

Plank’s Law is a quick read and is a great novella to introduce you to more heartbreaking stories of a similar ilk.

Planks Law by Lesley Choyce is available now.

For more information regarding Lesley Choyce (@LesleyChoyce) please visit www.lesleychoyce.com.

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3 Stars

the bookshop on the cornerTitle: The Bookshop on the Corner

Author: Rebecca Raisin

Pages: 160 Pages

Publisher: Carina UK

The Blurb

Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!

The Review

There is nothing in the world that Sarah Smith loves more than books. She loves the smell of them, the way you can get completely lost in a good book, the dog eared pages within a loved book; everything about them. It is no surprise that she owns her own second hand bookshop in her hometown of Ashdown, Connecticut.

However, Sarah has allowed herself to become closed off to the world. Rather than having her own boy adventures she would rather read about the fictional adventures of her favourite heroines instead. That is until Ridge Warner comes into her home town and sweeps her off her feet.

Ok. I’m just going to say it. I am not a fan of short stories. I feel that as a reader I am robbed of sweeping exposition and that I am not given enough time to fall in love with the characters. This very fact made The Bookshop on the Corner to be quite a pleasant surprise because I found myself rooting for the motley crew of people found in this fictional small town. However, whilst the story was sweet and very well delivered I still found that the constraints of the short story were extremely limiting.

Sarah and Ridge’s romance was so rushed that I felt that I didn’t really have time to enjoy it. The pragmatism of their relationship wasn’t fully developed enough for me. They had the initial banter, then they liked each other, then came the drama and then the resolution. It was all too machine-gun quick for my personal taste.

Part of me questions whether I feel this way because I haven’t read the two novellas that preceded The Bookshop on the Corner. Maybe the novellas would have worked better if they were all part of the one book rather than a series. I can’t fully determine that without having read them first. However, this is all my own personal taste and please do not let that put you off The Bookshop on the Corner. I did at times find myself wanting to be Sarah Smith. What book lover hasn’t dreamed of owning their own bookshop? I think part of me is just being glutinous and wanting more of this story because I genuinely did enjoy it I just personally feel that it would have benefitted (me) by being a full length novel.

The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin is available now.

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3 Stars