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Rosary A Molloy
2.0 out of 5 starsDifficult to get past the editorial mistakes
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2019
This was my first Faith Hogan novel. It was no award winner and very predictable. What was most disappointing was that the publishing house, Aria, obviously thinks so little of their authors and their business that they would allow a novel to be published with so many errors. There were grammatical errors, punctuation errors, backward sentence construction, etc. Had I purchased this novel in a paper format I would have highlighted the errors and paid the postage to return it to the publishing house; however, my purchase was electronic so this review is my recourse. I have seen this lack of editorial proficiency in other novels as well which begs me to ask, " Don't editors edit anymore? "
This is a beautiful and heartwarming story. Wonderful character development......I felt I knew Carrie as a close friend. This author depicts characters, good and bad, in such a human, compassionate way that inspires us to be less judgmental of ourselves and our friends as we grow and learn from our mistakes. I am reminded of Maeve Binchy’s wonderful books, and will definitely download more of Faith Hogan’s work.....she has that magical ability to bring us right into the story.
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2019
In the beginning, many characters are introduced that seem to have nothing in common. Stick with it. They all come together. Very well written. I would also recommend another book by the same author: "Secrets We Keep."
4.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable, romantic and feel good story
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2019
Carrie was a lovely character, so kind and selfless. I was glad that good tbings happened to her, because she deserved it. Kevin was infuriating and got what he deserved, too, which was great to read! There were no thrilling plot twists, but all the characters were engaging and there were plenty of funny and dramatic moments to keep me turning the pages. An enjoyable, romantic and feel good read. A real treat.
5.0 out of 5 starsLoved this book, but would change one thing. Spoiler alert.
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2019
I loved this book so much I read it twice, because I didn't want to leave these people. I love the innate goodness and nurturing Carrie, and how she was able to find Luke so quickly after the train wreck called Kevin and Valentina. Luke fits perfectly into Carrie's life and her character, and she fits perfectly into his life. I like how Jane goes from fear and loneliness to a place of security and family. I just love love love how karma bites Kevin and Valentina. One thing I would change is I wouldn't have Luke's father die, I would have him and Jane fall in love and finally find happiness together for the rest of their lives, they both deserve it.
Carrie and Kevin have been living together for years, bought a house and opened a restaurant. Then enter Valentina who works as a waitress for them, she is a hot Columbian and Kevin is swept away. We watch what happens and how the characters grow, mature and change through this ordeal. Another key character is Jane Marchant a widow of 15 years and Luke Gibson who was always traveling and into history. It is heart warming and enjoyable.
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2018
The story was really good. However, the editing left much to be desired. There were quite a few typos, including punctuation errors.The other issue, and perhaps this was related to the punctuation errors, was that sometimes the storytelling moved from one scene to another so suddenly that it became confusing for a minute or so.
All in all, though, I liked the story enough to read more from this author.
3.0 out of 5 starsAn easy story ut a bit predictable and heavy handed.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2018
This is the story of Kevin and Carrie who run a successful Dublin restaurant . They live together but haven’t married. Kevin falls for one of their waitresses who is stunningly beautiful and boosts his self esteem . She is Colombian. Carrie is devastated but continues to work as usual. Kevin and Valentina move into luxury flat in a district where rich folks live. Valentina starts spending a lot of Kevin’ s money and becomes more and more demanding. Carrie meanwhile loses weight, meets Luke who’s a nephew of Jane from the run down pub near the restaurant. There is a lot psychological analysis of Kevin and his appalling mother. I found thAt tedious as it was obvious he was shallow and self centred. Carrie is kind and good and organised. There is a wedding at which Carrie is Maid of Honour and Kevin is best man. There is a scene where Kevin and Valentina attend the wedding but because he hasn’t booked , he and Valentina are glamping in a horse box. I won’ reveal the ending but comeuppance happens. It’s a reasonably well written story but heavy on the psychology and the ending is fairly predictable. I was bothered by why Valentina and her cousins were referred to as speaking Colombian. Should it have been Spanish or one of the Amerindian dialects?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2018
This is the highest compliment I can give a book , it is like hot chocolate with marshmallow's and cream! I don't want to give away to much but if you love a good story line and a journey that keeps you wanting more... than read this book by Faith Hogan. She kept me glued to every page throughout the book. She has a way to draw you in and keep you rooting for her characters so that in the end you hope that even the not so nice guys are getting a second chance! I was behind Carrie all the way and enjoyed the journey throughout her new life tremendously! Faith kept me hooked throughout all of the twists and turns and the drama that came with it ! I was kind of lost once I had finished the last page and it took me a while to be able to move on to the next book! A highly recommended read!! Can't wait for the next book by Faith Hogan!
5.0 out of 5 starsI very unexpectedly fell in love with this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2018
It was the title that drew me to this book, sadly not the cover. However what an amazing author. This story has me hooked from the start.
It’s about love, taking relationships for granted and communication.
Extremely well written with well defined characters, so descriptive was the writing that you felt you really knew them.
I loved that there were none of the usual cliches “he picked me up and I wrapped my legs round his waist”how many couples can boast this and it’s so old now or that one of them were billionaires that had sworn off love. Thank goodness this was written with a normal possibly “that could be me” narrative.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2018
Your typical Irish women's read good for a lazy day. The characters were rather black and white and it was impossible to see why Carrie and Kevin where ever together. The main problem though was it seriously needed editing there were so many meaningless sentences that started in one place and drifted if into something else else clunky analogies as well as a great deal of repetition. Also there isn't a language called Columbian and divorce is quite recent in Ireland.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2019
At the beginning I found the story line maudlin (possibly a personal thing) However soon the complexity of the story and the quality of the characters took hold of me. I was hooked resented putting it down took every opportunity to read only to find I finished it too quickly Will remember and recommend book to others Thank you so Much clever Faith