Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Review: "Love Nest" by Julia Llewellyn
I was so excited to have the opportuntity to read chick lit by an author that I haven't heard of before. I love chick lit like I love chocolate (and I really love chocolate), and it's not often that I read chick lit by an author that I haven't read before. Isn't the cover gorgeous? I love how simple yet eye-catching it is. If I were browsing in the bookstore, this is a book that I would pick up simply because I love the cover.
I loved this one from the beginning. Every character had a personality and problems all their own, yet the different storylines managed to work well together. I had a few issues with keeping some of the characters straight in the beginning, specifically when Grace starts writing letters to a friend of hers who never appears in the book in person. Other than that small confusion, I really found that the characters were well defined and enjoyable to read about.
What I loved the most about this book was the unconventional ending. In general terms, most chick lit has a resiquite happy ending. Don't get me wrong- I love happy endings, and I know that when I pick up this genre of book I won't end up disappointed or sad at the end. Love Nest has a completely different ending. The character's stories are all wrapped up, but they don't necessarily end in the way that you think that they will. This isn't one of those well-I-could-see-that-coming-a-mile-away endings, and that is what sets Julia Llewellyn apart from some other chick lit authors that I've read. This is just one of the reasons that I will be seeking out her backlist titles.
Love Nest was a fun, highly entertaining read, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves chick lit or women's fiction. Thank-you to Penguin Canada for this review copy! You can read an excerpt of this book here.
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Recommended to: Fans of Marian Keyes, fans of chick lit in general
Challenges: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge 2010, 2010 Chick Lit Challenge