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Monday, 25 April 2011

If You Could See Me Now

                                                       First edition cover

  This Easter weekend I have been on my own for a good deal of time. With us having a glorious heatwave, my garden being a suntrap and having no-one to chat to, I decided to pick up a book.  
  It has been a while since I read a good book and I particularly like novels by Cecilia Ahearn.  They are not to everyone's taste, I would describe many of her books as 'fairytales for grown-ups'.  However I enjoy her work as she whisks me away from my (sometimes) mundane existence and indulges my romantic and 'wishful' side.  
  Here is a brief synopsis:

 Everything in Elizabeth Egan’s life has its place, from the cups in her gleaming kitchen to the paint pots of her interior design business. Order keeps life under control—and keeps Elizabeth’s heart from the pain and hurt she has suffered in the past. Being a mother to her six-year-old nephew while trying to keep her business on track is a full-time job for Elizabeth, and one that leaves little room for error—or fun.
 Until, one day, a man unexpectedly comes into her life. He is carefree, spontaneous and always looking for adventure—everything that Elizabeth is not.  He teaches her that life is only worth living when it's blindingly colourful and the occasional mess. 

  As always Ahearn managed to make me laugh and, towards the end as secrets are uncovered, she made me cry uncontrollably.  It was a little tricky to get into at the beginning but a couple of chapters in and she had me gripped.  
  Typically of Ahearne, the story was quirky, with a couple of twists along the way although the main 'love' part of the story was very predictable.   Elizabeth, the main character could have easily been unlikeable but Ahearn managed to make her both vulnerable and (beneath her hard exterior) warm. 
  This is a classic 'chick-lit' novel.  A great holiday beach book, or one to occupy a couple of quiet afternoons.

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