Sunday, 11 November 2012

Books Read: Miranda Dickinson - When I Fall In Love

What happens when your happy ever after is suddenly and painfully taken away from you?

Elsie Maynard has a whole new life she never expected to have.

From inadvertently founding a choir like no other with former 80s rock star Woody Jensen, to daring to date again, Elsie steps out into an unknown future – a future that could include gorgeous designer Olly Hogarth, a man who seems intent on winning her heart. Overcoming problems, challenges and the occasional frustration – namely overconfident Torin Stewart who seems to be everywhere – Elsie believes she is making the most of her life.

But then a heartfelt request brings her to Paris – and the last item on a very important List.

Can Elsie take the final step and lay her past to rest? Join Elsie as she battles to start again, with the help of a disastrous, newly-formed singing group and her father and sister armed with dating hopefuls.

Miranda Dickinson has spun her magic again with When I Fall In Love, an emotional tale of hope after adversity.

It's hard to write a review without giving too much away, especially this one, but it's fair to say the last eighteen months have been tough for Elsie but with the love and support of her wonderful family, dad Jim, Sisters Daisy and Guin and her close friend and boss Cher, she is starting to look forward to a brighter future.

After an impromptu piano session, whilst at a cafe with sister Daisy, brings about a chance encounter with 80s rock singer Woody Jenson, she soon finds herself in the midst of setting up a singing group with him... the unlikeliest mix of people you could imagine, including youngsters Lewis, Danny and Aoife, loud-mouthed Sasha, timid Sheila, butcher Graeme, taxi driver Stan and the 'grandmother' of the group Irene who intuitively knows just the right thing to say at the right time.

And before too long she's taking the tentative steps towards dating again when she agrees to go on a double-date with Cher, as well as agreeing to go on a date set up by her dad Jim.  

It's extremely rare for me to read a book and love all the characters in it and I have to confess I did try to find something about one of them to hate but there simply wasn't an evil bone amongst them all.  From the delightful Maynard family, friend Cher, potential love interests Olly and Torin, to the members of The Sundaes especially Woody, they each had their own loveable qualities that brought the story to life. 

Having read all of Miranda's previous books I had high hopes for this book and I wasn't disappointed, it's fair to say I think that this is her best book to date as I loved it from the start.  It's a beautifully written story that will draw you in and you'll soon find yourself laughing at the antics, especially those involving Woody, and if you're a softie like me, shed a tear or two with Elsie.  

I'd like to thank Becke at Avon books for sending me a proof copy of this book to review.

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