Thursday, 23 May 2013

Guest Review! Girl on the Run by Jane Costello (Jane Costello Reviewnumber 4!)

Big thanks to Lynda for sending me this review to be part of my Jane Costello Marathon!

He's a real catch . . . if only she could catch him up

Abby Rogers has been on health kicks before - they involve eating one blueberry muffin for breakfast instead of two. But since starting her own business, after watching one too many episodes of The Apprentice, the 28-year-old's waistline has taken even more of a back seat than her long-neglected love life.

When Abby is encouraged to join her sporty best friend's running club - by none other than its gorgeous new captain - she finds a mysterious compulsion to exercise.

Sadly, her first session doesn't go to plan. Between the obscenely unflattering pink leggings, and the fact that her lungs feel as though they've been set on fire, she vows never to return.
Then her colleague Heidi turns up at work and makes a devastating announcement, one that will change her life - and Abby's - forever.(less)

Review: I began reading “Girl on the Run” at the perfect time – I was also in the middle of training for my first charity race, just like Abby, the main character. And for a girl like me, who prefers chilling on the sofa with a glass of wine rather than running a 10k every night, it was very easy to identify with Abby.

Jane Costello has got the perfect balance for chick lit with “Girl on the Run” – emotion, friendship, courage, laughs and a little bit of romance all intertwined in a very relatable story.

The reader quickly grows fond of Abby and her eclectic group of employees and friends – rooting for them all throughout the story. Jane Costello’s excellent writing skills ensures that each characters’ strong, personal bond with Abby is highlighted throughout the story and each character – no matter how minor - has their own sub-story and defined personality.

The thread of MS throughout the book is emotive yet informative. We see the struggle to come to terms with this disease, not only from the sufferer, but also their nearest and dearest. Costello subtly portrays the profound, domino effect that illness can have on a close-knit group of friends.

This is the first of Jane Costello’s books that I have read, but it certainly won’t be the last. This is chick-lit at its best as we follow the ups and downs of not only Abby but her closest friends, family and loved ones as well as some great awareness-raising for multiple sclerosis and its sufferers.

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