It’s done. Here are the final four reviews, I am now up to date! I have repeated one that I reviewed here a while back, but as I noticed that A Kind of Loving was currently on sale for kindle at 99p, and as it’s one of my all time favourites, I thought I should encourage you to read it.
I feel very guilty that it has taken me so long to write this review, and I have no idea how I overlooked it. I don’t usually read poetry, other than the odd poem that crosses my path – certainly not books of, but having had several exchanges with the very witty Lynn Gerrard on both Facebook and Twitter, and enjoyed the poetry she posted on her blog and social media, I bought it. I’m so glad I did, although as the title suggests the poems are dark in nature, they are also moving, on occasion laugh out loud, and in some cases a sad reflection on the society in which we live. I should also confess that ‘Going Home’ reduced me to tears. Even if poetry is not your normal read, I highly recommend you make an exception with this. You won’t regret it.
I was recommended this book by my sister who thought I would enjoy it. She was right! You are immediately drawn into the story, wanting to know how Jenna will cope with what has happened to her, then when you are least expecting it – BANG – a twist you never saw coming. However, from then on in, although you have to keep reading, the plot becomes a little predictable, although not too much so. I wanted another twist which I didn’t get, and I found the police characters to be uninteresting, and would have liked DI Stevens to have had more of an emotional input into his home life. That said, still a good read
I first read this when I was thirteen, having convinced an older pupil to borrow it from the school library for me. Its spine had a blue sticker which meant only pupils over the age of sixteen could borrow it – although these days it would be considered tame. Despite knowing what was coming, when I re-read it I still urged Vic Brown, the main character to take a different course, and I felt the same as I did all those years ago when he settled for a kind of loving, rather than finding the love of his life, the special person, his soul mate who he knew was out there somewhere. Set in Yorkshire in the late fifties/early sixties, it’s difficult to imagine, that despite the mess Vic finds himself in, life was so simple and clear cut. There were rules and you followed them, if you didn’t there was a code of conduct and you stuck to it – even if that means a hurried wedding with no fanfare. It’s difficult to explain why this tale is so compelling but it is, and if you haven’t read it, give it a go, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
For me, this book started with a lot more promise than it eventually delivered. I didn’t not enjoy it, but it was one I was able to dip in and out of when I had a moment rather than keeping me turning the pages and that’s always a disappointment.
I hope you find something that takes your fancy, I think I need to get some writing done now…although I did find so many books on my kindle I’d forgotten I had purchased, I might make a to be read list first!