Friday, 13 January 2017

We Were on a Break by Lindsey Kelk

Out Now

Published by Harper Collins

Purchase from Amazon here

What it’s about:

The heartwarming, hilarious new romantic comedy from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

‘You’ve just had a holiday,’ I pointed out, trying not to yawn. ‘Wasn’t that enough of a break?’
‘I don’t mean that kind of break.’

There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out.

Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work – animals are so much simpler than humans – and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug. But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other?

More importantly, do they want to?

What I thought:

Lindsey Kelk has been someone I have author worshipped ever since I picked up I Heart New York and met Angela. I devour her books and she is one of the authors that I stop everything to read. So when I saw this beauty being published my world had to come to a standstill as I dove on in.

I have been in a reading funk, particularly a ‘romance’ genre slump since some crappy situation last year which involved in good old fashioned ‘chick lit’ style other woman, a cheating partner and much shenanigans. So I found myself not really in the mood to indulge. That was until I was lucky enough to attend an event last October which was an evening in the company of some great authors including the goddess herself – yes Lindsey Kelk, in the flesh!! I had an image from her writing style of what she might be like, but she was far far more special than that. Funny, warm, charismatic and one of the girls, she shone.

So that was it. Home I floated on a high from meeting her (and Mhairi McFarlane and Giovanna Fletcher, both of whom are also amazeballs). I jumped in to bed clutching my copy of We Were on a Break, and I began….

Funny, romantic, warm, and superb. Those are four words to start with. This is a standalone book and Liv is our leading lady. She has been on the holiday of her dreams with the man of her dreams, and was all geared up for the end of holiday proposal scene, but as the title might allude to – that didn’t quite go to plan. Cue end of holiday huff and time to for those immortal words ‘perhaps we need to take a break’.

Boo…hiss…that wasn’t meant to happen. But it has and Liv needs to come to terms with the words and their implications. But perhaps Adam spoke in haste and regrets what he said……and if so does Liv want to listen? So starts the laughter filled, emotional journey that tests Liv and helps her discover what she really does and doesn’t want.

Joined by a cast of friends, family and some animals as well, we take every step of the journey with Liv, and also interestingly with Adam. Each chapter is written interchangeably between Liv and Adam which allows us the reader to see things from both perspectives. This adds another element of excitement, tension, and at times wanting to grab one or both of them and give them a good shake (or slap).

Lindsey is once again at her writing best with characters that are easy to like, writing that is engaging, laugh out loud funny, warm and captivating. As always, Lindsey has created a leading lady that I would love to be friends with, although she would be far too young and cool to be friends with me. Perhaps I could be a voyeur living vicariously through their adventures. I would love to see more of Liv and her friends. A gang I would love to be part of.

Thank you to Lindsey for writing a book that helped bring my ability to laugh and to wean myself off darker thriller type books. You could say that meeting Lindsey and her books have given me the strength to find my humour again and the reminder that life is about being happy, fulfilled and having great friends and family.

Roll on Lindsey’s next work…..I cannot wait!

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