Sophie Kinsella – Remember Me?
And so the Sophie Kinsella addiction continues – the mix of romance and drama and identity and surprise and laugh-out-loud funniness. In this standalone novel, Lexi wakes up at twenty-eight with retrograde amnesia – the last three years of her life are gone. And they’re the three years in which her life has changed completely – she finds herself slim, married, successful and happy (or so it seems). But cracks start to appear – and even though her memory shows no sign of returning, she finds herself searching for ways to reclaim some parts of the woman she remembers being – while hanging on to some of what she doesn’t remember becoming. I adored this book – there are moments of shallowness (is it really that big a deal that there are mint Kitkats? Really?) but the big emotional stuff is absolutely spot-on.
Ann M Martin – Main Street 10: Staying Together
The last in the Main Street series! This makes me sad – I adore Flora (not so much Ruby) and Willow and Olivia and the rest of the inhabitants of Camden Falls, and really enjoyed the way the series was developing, with the characters growing up and changing and moving on. I would have liked more Flora and Ruby in this, though the strain in their relationship was well-handled – as was the resolution. Liked reading it. Farewell, Camden Falls.
Sophie Kinsella – Twenties Girl
See above re: Kinsella addiction. This one is a ghost story – when Lara’s great-aunt Sadie dies, she finds herself haunted by the twentysomething version of Sadie. Lara is twenty-seven, in business with a flaky and mean best friend, and struggling to get over her ex, who thinks she’s too ‘intense’. She’s in the head-hunting business but wants it to be more about just salary but about finding people jobs that really fit them. I loved her. Sadie, not so much, but there was an aching poignancy to her story, too.
Anne Enright – The Forgotten Waltz
Gorgeous sentences, details, moments. Gina reflects on her affair with a married man, how his daughter complicates things, and her own family’s messiness, against a backdrop of ‘the boom years’. Lots of house prices and fancy drinks referenced throughout. I really liked it, but there are aspects I’d have loved more detail on – things there seemed to be enough room in the novel for. Still. Well worth the read.