Monday, 14 July 2014

Where love lies - Julie Cohen

The publishers description ...

Lately, Felicity just can't shake a shadow of uncertainty. Her husband Quinn is the kindest person she knows and loves her peculiarities more than Felicity feels she deserves. But suddenly it's as if she doesn't quite belong.

Then Felicity experiences something extraordinary: a scent of perfume in the air which evokes memories that have been settled within her for a long time, untouched and undisturbed. As it happens again and again, the memories of a man Felicity hasn't seen for ten years also flutter to the surface. And so do the feelings of being deeply, exquisitely in love . . .

Overwhelmed and bewildered by her emotions, Felicity tries to resist sinking blissfully into the past. But what if something truly isn't as it should be? What if her mind has been playing tricks on her heart?

My thoughts:

Having read and enjoyed the authors previous novel, "Dear Thing" I was delighted when her latest book, due to be published at the end of July was made available for review on Netgalley. I was even more delighted when a fellow book blogger whose tastes are similar to mine posted a rave review, this accolade alone made me keen to read it.

I wasn't disappointed one bit. This is an easy romantic read with a little darker twist to it. The authors skill lies in creating very real characters and putting them in a mixture of both familiar and "what if" situations. She bares their flaws as well as their strengths and makes both traits part of what you love about them.

Felicity and Quinn are a happily married young couple, despite very different backgrounds. She is a dreamy, artistic soul who was brought up by her rather unreliable but hugely talented artist Mother. Quinn her devoted husband, is a pragmatic businessman with a close and caring tight knit family. They are still settling into married life when memories of an early love affair return to haunt Felicity and make her begin to question whether what she feels for her husband is the real thing or if she could possibly still be in love with Ewan her lover of 10 years earlier.

The scent of Frangipani brings back long lost feelings of her time with him and causes the foundations of her marriage to begin to shake. She needs time to sort out her feelings but will it really help?

The book is beautifully written it draws you into their lives and you just can't put it down until you know what happens next making it quite a quick read for me.

I kind of guessed where it was going but wasn't sure how everything would pan out and must confess, I knew I was hankering for an ending that just could never be. What does happen to the characters is very authentic and real, you feel their hurt and bewilderment at the turns of events and you share the joy and heartache of love and loss.

Superb women's fiction by an immensely talented author, definitely one to add to your tbr (to be read) list. It's the perfect holiday read too, so pack it in your case with your bikinis and sundresses.

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