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Book Review: Crazy in Love by Annabelle Costa.

Book Review: Crazy in Love by Annabelle Costa.

Thank you very much to Author Annabelle Costa for asking me to read and review her book ‘Crazy in Love’. I am mightily glad that she did reach out to me, because this book is wonderful. I have a feeling that it will be in my top ten of 2017, as I really enjoyed it. 

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Description:

They call her Crazy Anna. Anna Flint won’t shake your hand. She collects tin cans. She cleans her cubicle at work with Lysol several times a day. But Anna doesn’t care that they call her crazy. She’s absolutely satisfied with her life of perfect organisation, cleanliness, and most of all, solitude. Matt Harper likes Anna Flint. He likes that she’s the smartest person he knows and he likes her big blue eyes. He doesn’t even mind her can collection. In fact, he pretty much likes everything about Anna. As his body and his world are falling apart, she still manages to make him happy. Matt is the only person Anna has ever wanted to be close to. But how can she go on a date with him if the thought of dinner at a restaurant fills her with terror? How can she ever kiss the man she loves if she can’t even touch him? 

Maybe it’s time to stop being Crazy Anna. If only she could.

 

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Published March 31st 2017 by Rose Bud Press

My Thoughts:

When I started this book, I was unsure if it was going to be sad and a little serious on the mental health issues. I was very wrong. Crazy in Love is one of the sweetest and quirkiest novels I have read in a while. 

Our main character Anna has OCD. She doesn’t necessarily know this at first but she knows she hates germs of any kind, and sees contamination everywhere. Anna is very good at her job, despite her colleagues giving her a hard time for her collection of cans in her work space. ‘Crazy Anna’ as she is known!

The Book focuses one chapter on Anna and the next on Matt. The two are colleagues, kind of friends  (So Anna hopes). But Matt has issues too and ones he doesn’t want the world to know about.

The way the chapters are written is perfect. We see each occasion that happens from both points of view and it makes the reader ( well me at least) really feel endeared to both Matt and Anna.

Anna“…its better I eat alone. The way I do every day. It’s safer this way”

Matt“Everyone else in the whole goddamn world ………They have no idea how lucky they are.”

OK, so no giveaways or spoilers but both Matt and Anna have their issues which consume them. If you are to look into this book philosophically, then you will see everyone has issues but being happy within yourself is most important. We don’t know what is going on in other people’s lives so be nice and considerate. Or you could look at this book just for the story that it is, two troubled souls finding each other and trying their best to work it out.

There are really comical bits in this book too. A book that can make you smile, feel compassion and stay up that bit later than you intended is a wining book. That’s what Crazy in Love is. Even the acknowledgement page made me smile. The author has a unique way of writing that as she does her characters.  

The issues of mental health were dealt with sensitively and in my opinion very well. I don’t have OCD and I don’t know anyone who does so I can’t speak as in any way knowledgeable. But it did give me an understanding of how tiring and deep rooted the condition is. The author wrote with compassion and understanding while making Anna a truly delightful character that the reader will root for. 

I read this book in 2 days which is mega fast for me. Once I started Anna’s story she had me engrossed.

If I had 2 words to describe this book, they would be quirky and brilliant. I loved ‘Crazy in Love’, and as my first read from Annabelle Costa, I am ready for more of her work. Ms Costa is a talented writer and I am so glad I found her books. 

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Links:

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Posted by on July 16, 2017 in Books

 

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I See You, by Clare Mackintosh. Guest Review.

I See You, by Clare Mackintosh. Guest Review.

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting a brilliant review from a beautiful lady who has been an amazing support to me over the last few months. And the bonus is, she loves all the same books as me! Here is Lynne’s review of I See You, by Clare Mackintosh.

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Description:

You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you’re going.

You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

 

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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Her Australian Summer, by Jean McConnell

Book Review: Her Australian Summer, by Jean McConnell

Thank you to Ian at BookBlogger Central and Corazon Books for my copy of this novella.

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Description:

A lovely feel good holiday romance novella, perfect for reading in one or two delicious sittings. A nice, easy read with likeable characters, to get you into the holiday mood for this summer.

When Laura inherits her Uncle Jim’s seaside shop in Queensland, which sells coral and shells, she decides to spend her summer visiting Australia to see it for herself.

Arriving in the small town of Port Duncan she meets handsome farmer Nate, and charming property agent Kyle. As Laura gets to know the two men, she realises her stay in Australia might not be so simple as she’d first imagined.

Will Laura’s Australian holiday bring real romance? And what secrets might the seemingly friendly people she gets to know be hiding from her? Only one thing is for certain, Laura’s trip to the other side of the world is one she’ll never forget.

A summer holiday novella of 17,000 words.

  • Publisher: Corazon Books (Contemporary romance) (12 May 2016)

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My Thoughts:

When Ian at BookBlogger Central asked me if I wanted to read and review this book, he described it as a ‘perfect summer read’, and he was exactly spot on. This is a great short read for a lovely summers day, or in the case of us in the U.K, maybe imagining the sun on our summers days! The reader gets transported to a wonderfully sunny location, which made me want to really be there!

“Laura went swimming in the sparkling sea, then had her breakfast on the verandah, looking across the bay”

Set in Port Duncan in Australia, Laura goes to see the shop she has inherited, while doing a little exploring of the area and meeting some people along the way. She meets 2 men, which make her trip a little more interesting. There is an obvious difference in the two men, and the way the book reads, it allows the reader to decide who is really looking out for Laura. So, aside from the wonderful scenery and idyllic location of Laura’s trip, there is intrigue to the short story. 

As it is Laura’s Uncle that she inherited the shop from, we only hear a little about him. He seems like a wise and caring man, as Laura remembers what he once told her:

“Remember Laura, it’s up to you. Life is always up to you. It strews your path a wealth of opportunities. Take as many of them as you can.”

There is a nice little twist at the end of the story which left me very impressed with the Author’s style of writing. This novella has given me a taste of Jean McConnell’s writing with a simple tale, which is enjoyable and left me with the feeling that there are more full sized fabulous books to come from this Author. 

 

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Posted by on June 4, 2016 in Books

 

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