Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Guest Book Review: Sue Welfare - Off the Record

Reviewed by Janine Cobain

When Liz and Nick arrange to meet someone in Norwich, it’s a crying shame it isn’t each other.

Liz is a recently divorced thirty-something, trying to rebuild her career as a journalist. Nick is single, deeply gorgeous and trying hard to improve his job prospects. They meet, are attracted and…if only life were that simple.

For Liz and Nick, things are about to get a lot more complicated, as one small economy with the truth threatens to wreck everything.

A heady brew of incompetent exes, good friends, and alcoholic artists manage to disrupt the course of true love. Will anyone of them realise what’s going on and see the answer through the chaos? Will they finally live happily ever after?

Warm, sharp and darkly funny, this is a novel for anyone who’s ever fallen in love, taken a chance or had their life turned upside down by a delayed train.

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Liz Chapman; competent single mother with an Ex who has become as much of a disappointment as a father to their two sons as he was a husband.  Her best friend Claire offers the opportunity for Liz to resurrect her pre-marital occupation as a journalist interviewing reclusive sculptor Jack Sandfi.  Although Liz has deployed precision planning for their meeting cracks begin to appear with the cancellation of her train and ultimately Jack is not all he seems.

Quite simply this ticked my boxes for a feel-good weekend read.  Sue Welfare has an amazing ability to transform her writing style and tone to accommodate which ever character has control of the story at that particular page.

This is one of those novels that is so well written it plays out visually in your mind’s eye; you can see the story unfold as you digest the words on the page and this would transfer very easily to the big screen.

The characters are well-formed, believable and they hook you from the offset and leaving you contemplating their interactions if you are forced to put the book down....and you will need to be forced!

Thanks Janine, I'd like to thank Sue and Notting Hill Press for sending as a copy of this eBook to review.  

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