How Hard Can it Be? by Allison Pearson: I was drawn to this easy read because the main character, Kate, is about to turn 50. But that’s where our similarities end. “Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is fifty, but not in a good way. Fifty, in Kate’s mind, equals invisibility, and she’s caught between her traitorous hormones, unknowable teenage children and ailing parents. She’s back at work after a break, now that her husband Rich has dropped out of the rat race to master the art of mindfulness. But just as Kate is finding a few tricks to get by, her old client and flame Jack reappears – complicated doesn’t even begin to cover it…” Did I enjoy this read? Given that I can barely remember the plot, I’m guessing I didn’t.
Christmas Ever After by Sarah Morgan: A friend passed this on when she was having a major clear out. It’s a stand alone story, but it’s also the final book in a trilogy called Puffin Island. Morgan used to write medical romances for Mills and Boon, so you quickly have an idea about what you’re getting into. That said, a few hours escaping into the world of a hot man having hot sex with a girl he’s immediately fallen in love, and set against a wintry New England backdrop doesn’t do anyone any harm.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: “Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.” This YA was a fun read and reminded me of several cringe-worthy episodes from my own teenage years. Lara Jean was a likeable character and I was really hoping the plot would work in her favour. I read that there are now two more novels about Lara Jean and an adaptation of the books now streaming on Netflix.