Wednesday 3 April 2013

Review: Til St. Patrick's Day

For three best friends, one winter will change everything.

Chronically optimistic Jayne is surprised she's still single at twenty-eight. But as always for Jayne, there's hope. This time his name is Gray--a successful, gorgeous marketing VP that she can't believe is going out with her. She's never given up on the belief that the right man for her is out there, somewhere. Maybe Gray could be the one...if she just works hard enough to make it happen.

Her cynical friend Karen is suspicious of Jayne's new guy with his model looks and over-inflated ego. She's concerned for Jayne, but has her own relationship to worry about. Not that anything's wrong with her boyfriend. He's actually perfect for her, which is why she's terrified. Not sure she can ever fully trust a man again, she considers bailing on yet another relationship.

Claudia is always there for her friends, no matter what they're going through. She mothers them like the children she craves to have, relieved she's no longer navigating the dating world. Happily married, Claudia can't wait until the day her husband finally agrees it's time to start a family.

'Til St. Patrick's Day is a novel exploring the depths of friendship and what happens when love doesn't go according to plan.

Review: A wonderful debut novel about changing your perspective when it comes to relationships. I was hooked into this story right from the word go. I immediately identified with optimistic Jayne and her excitement at a new date. I loved the idea of the three friends their difference of opinions when it came to men. All three women are written as very strong characters and I'm sure that most readers will be able to identify with at least one of them, if not all of them, as I did. I also feel sure that you will find yourself hating some of the characters as well as they too are so well written.

I think that the ease with which the reader can identify with what's going on in the novel is the reason I enjoyed reading this so much. The things that Jayne was going through were things that I myself had gone through, the way she explained things to her friends could have been word for word the way I told it to my friends. This author is just so in tune with her audience it is scary! I too have felt the cynicism that Karen has over men because of things that have gone on in the past, I found myself gasping out loud as just how close the reality the whole thing seemed. There are several unexpected twists and turns which will keep the reader guessing until the end as to how everything is going to turn out for these women as well as several 'aww' moments but make sure you keep the tissues handy as there were a few times I found myself welling up.

As well as being so well written the book is witty and yet realistic. The storyline does very much reflect the lives of women in their late twenties early thirties but the author has also included some wonderful places for them to go and things for them to do. The setting isn't a major feature in the story, which is normally something that I look for, but I think that this isn't to any detriment of the novel. The events and the characters more than make up for the lack of fabulous setting! This is a great debut novel and makes me excited about future release from this author. A fantastic chick-lit novel, fun, identifiable and well worth a read!

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