Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Kelly's Review: Crazy Over You by Carol Thomas

Reviewed by Kelly Spillane

Love can drive you crazy… in more ways than one! 

When Abby met Simon, a drink in the uni bar lead to keeping in touch, late-night phone calls and intimate catch-ups. It was the start of something special, a love Abby believed would last a lifetime. 

A wedding, two daughters and fifteen years later, Abby’s world is falling apart. Having discovered Simon has had an affair, her normally ordered mind is spiralling out of control. Crushed by the betrayal and shocked by her own reaction, she knows she needs to get herself together; she’s just not sure where to start. 

She wanted all the pain and angst gone from inside her. Would meeting someone do that? She was one lone person in a world of people. Who would notice her? Nobody had in the last fifteen years. 

With Simon on a mission to win her back and a close friend hiding a secret that could push her further over the edge, Abby finds strength and support where she least expects it. But as she attempts to gain control of her life and make decisions about her future, it may be more than the limits of Abby’s mind that are put to the test! 

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Abby thought that she had the perfect life.  She loves her job as a teacher and has spent the last sixteen years with Simon, the love of her life, with whom she has two small daughters.  But seven weeks ago, Abby’s life was turned upside down when she found out that Simon had an affair while he was away on business trying to save his beloved business.  Now Abby finds herself alone, trying to juggle her working life with raising her daughters, as well as trying to come terms with her husband’s betrayal.  But when Abby finally lets Simon explain what happened on that business trip, she has to decide whether or not she can put Simon’s affair behind her and move on with her marriage, or if she’ll be better off without him.

I really didn’t know what to expect from this book.  I knew nothing about the author and I really wasn’t sure if it would be for me.  I definitely didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.  The minute I opened it up on my kindle I was glued to it, totally immersed in Abby’s story.  This is probably the first book that I have read in a matter of hours, and I didn’t put my kindle down even once.  There is something very special about this novel and I am delighted that I agreed to review it.  I found myself totally lost in the story and after a while I didn’t even realise that I was turning the pages, they just seemed to turn themselves.  This is an easy read and the story just seems to flow straight off the page.  It’s only the middle of January and I already know that this will be one of my top books of 2016, because I’ve never been pulled into a story like I have been with this one.

Carol Thomas created the most loveable characters in this novel.  I adored Abby and the more I read the more I liked her. Abby became my friend while I was reading Crazy Over You and I loved every minute that I got to spend with her, however short that few hours were.  Even though Simon had caused Abby all the heartbreak that I was reading about, I really couldn’t help but like him too.  I think that there is something very special about these two characters, and I loved the chemistry between them.  The author added lovely little touches to their relationship and I especially adored the origami animals that Simon made for Abby.

This is a fast moving book and once you start it, you just fly through it.  I loved that it was a light and easy read, as the books that I have been reading recently are all long and heavy.  Crazy Over You made me smile a lot and I love this about it.  I can’t remember the last time that a book made this much of an impact on me.  It’s not a serious book and still it will stay with me for a long while because it made me smile, a lot, and to me that can be the most important thing about a book.  I love serious books too, but sometimes you need to just take a minute and smile and this book certainly made me do that.

I was really torn between wanting to finish this book and wanting to savour some of it for another day, but in the end I couldn’t put it down and I had turned the last page before I knew it.  This is the perfect book to snuggle up in front of the fire with on a cold January day.  Carol Thomas has written a fantastic book in Crazy Over You and I can’t wait to read more from this very talented author.  Crazy Over You sparkles and glitters like a diamond. Beautifully written and effortlessly entertaining.  I loved every page.

I'd iike to thank Carol for sending us a copy of Crazy Over You for Kelly to review.

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