Saturday, 30 January 2016

Book Review - These Days of Ours by Juliet Ashton

A novel about love. Raw important love. Small, beautiful love. And what happens when the person you love cannot be yours… Perfect for fans of Rowan Coleman, Jane Green and David Nicholls.
Kate and Becca are cousins and best friends. They have grown up together and shared all the most important milestones in their lives: childhood birthday parties, eighteenth birthdays, and now a wedding day as they each marry their childhood sweethearts, Charlie and Julian.

Kate has always loved Charlie – they were meant to be. Then she discovers that life never turns out quite how you expect it to. And love doesn’t always follow the journey it should.

But best friends are forever, and true love will find a way, won’t it…?

Look at this cover. It’s so pretty! It gives me hope that Spring is just around the corner, and we can leave this miserable month behind…

I was lucky enough to receive a signed ARC from the publisher (thank you, SJ, you wonderful woman, you!) in exchange for an honest review. (though obviously I never do dishonest reviews – that would miss the point ha ha!).

Their story is told through milestone events, and we learn how true love sometimes can be so frustratingly out of synch, keeping apart two people who should so be together. They’d never make good musicians; their timing is so off!

The characters are drawn perfectly. I loved Kate, with her passion for her job and her desire to be the perfect wife, and her relationship with her father. Becca, I found for the most part to be infuriating and narcissistic, but underneath her breezy facade beats a heart of gold, even if her intents are misguided at times. And Charlie… oh how I am in love with Charlie! Though I did want to slap him at times…

I can’t wait to read more by Juliet Ashton. I was drawn in from the beginning, and laughed and cried with the characters. There’s great storytelling in this book, and the scene with the unconventional dinner table is just simply hysterical. I loved it!

The fact that Kate and Charlie have managed to stay friends throughout their lives is beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. It just goes to show, sometimes true love does work itself out.

These Days of Ours is due for publication on Kindle on 1st March 2016 and paperback 7th April 2016, but for anyone desperate to get their hands on it before then there is a giveaway on Goodreads. I highly recommend it!

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