#MenCanWriteRomance Review: Jack and Jill Went Down Hill. By R J Gould.

17 May
#MenCanWriteRomance Review: Jack and Jill Went Down Hill. By R J Gould.

Thank you to Author R J Goulds for contacting me with this book. It was a nice change to read amongst my crime books.

I often look at Goodreads before starting a book, especially if it’s been waiting on my shelf for a while and I have forgotten what it was about. I was a little frustrated when I did this for this book as one of the reviews I read was far too detailed for my liking. I will keep my reviews always about my thoughts in the book rather than relay the plot / story. 😠

Anyway, after reading Jack and Jill Went Down Hill, these are my thoughts, with no spoilers attached. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘


Jack and Jill meet on Freshers Big Party Night at university and for both of them it’s love at first sight. Despite their backgrounds, personalities and interests being poles apart, the relationship flourishes during their university years. It’s not quite as comfortable when their studies are over and they start work, Jack in the City and Jill as a teacher.

Way back when they first met, they’d shared the joke that their names were those of the nursery rhyme. Down the line, they fail to recognise that their lives are matching the plot – Jack falls down and Jill comes tumbling after.

Their relationship is on the rocks. Can it survive?

Publisher: Lume Books (11 July 2019)

My Thoughts:

When I decided to download this book, I was expecting a bit of a ride back to my uni days and city life. Fun times for me and it was fun times for Jack and Jill who meet each other on the very first night at university.

I did enjoy reminiscing about those days while Jack and Jill did their time there. The Author got the right mix of other types of students, the atmosphere and the mind frame of two very different students. Jack’s Uni plans were not the same as Jill’s. But both were relatable.

It’s no spoiler to say the book follows Jack and Jill’s relationship and lives.

The Author has brilliant way of writing people. I really liked Jill. She would be the type of girl I would like to know. Jack not so much, he had his good sides and his quirky sides. As the pages turned the characters developed together and separately.

As I said the story follows Jack and Jill’s relationship and lives. But we also meet their parents, friends, other family and this allows us to get further insight into why Jack and Jill are the way they are.

The plot is not predictable. It’s easy reading and fun. When books are so centred on characters, it’s important for the reader to be invested in them, and I was. I wanted to see where they ended up. I was rooting for them.

As I said it’s not predictable so you will have to read it to see where they end up.

Light, easy reading, relatable and the characterisation is fantastic. I recommend Jack and Jill Went Down Hill.



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9 responses to “#MenCanWriteRomance Review: Jack and Jill Went Down Hill. By R J Gould.

  1. R J Gould

    May 20, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Amanda, what you’ve written is lovely – and so well-crafted. Many thanks, us authors hugely appreciate your work.

    • chocolatepages

      May 20, 2020 at 11:06 am

      Thank you for your comments. It always means a lot when Authors take the time to respond to our reviews. πŸ‘

      • R J Gould

        May 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm

        Hi Amanda

        Do you ever post brief reviews on Amazon and Goodreads? No problem if not, just wondering.

        Best wishes


      • chocolatepages

        May 20, 2020 at 3:05 pm

        Yes. I post all my reviews on Amazon and goodreads. πŸ‘

      • R J Gould

        May 20, 2020 at 3:29 pm

        Brilliant – still more thanks!

  2. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    May 24, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Great review! I love going back to my uni years. It was wonderful. I love that the author has managed such strong characterisation and a lovely story! xx

    • chocolatepages

      May 24, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks Meggy. They were indeed good days. It was a nice change to read something like this after crime stories.

  3. irena_bookdustmagic

    June 8, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Ohh, I hate spoilers without warning. I always try to review a book without giving much away, just like you.
    Ohh, character based stories are my favourite. And it’s a plus if the end is unpredictable.
    I enjoyed reading your review, Amanda. πŸ’

    • chocolatepages

      June 9, 2020 at 9:49 am

      Thanks Irena. I was really annoyed at reading the spoiler. I think I would have enjoyed it more so if I hadn’t. It hasn’t put me off reading goodreads reviews before I pick up a book though, especially ones I’m asked to review. Usually they are helpful in me deciding whether to accept or not.


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