Dear Book Universe – can we have more books like this one, Love Life, by Nancy Peach please? I don’t ask for much in this book life…ok that might be a little fib as I’m constantly begging you for good books but this is a formal request…in writing.
More books like Love Life.
Many thanks, in advance.
Here’s the blurb:
Dr Tess Carter is no starry-eyed Jane Austen heroine. After all, if your dad left without a backward glance and you found your last boyfriend in bed with another guy, you wouldn’t believe in romance either. And the voices in Tess’s head – you know, the ones that tell you you’re not good enough, not pretty enough, not clever enough – well, these voices are very loud. Very loud indeed. Especially when the proud and disagreeable son of one of her patients starts challenging her every decision.
Edward Russell might have a big job and a posh voice, but Tess is determined not to let him get to her, especially if she can get her inner monologue to stop with the endless self-sabotage. And Edward, it turns out, may be less of a prat than he first appears; he’s certainly handy in a crisis.
In the real world, where gentlemanlike manners and out-of-the-blue declarations of love are a story-book fantasy, it’s up to Tess to decide whose voice to listen to … and how to make her own heard.
Here’s my review:
This book gave me a strong Bridget Jones vibe. It has a lovable female character who has a funny, inner monologue, who is true to life, who constantly feels like her life is on the slide and who, sadly believes she is unloveable. I was invested in Tess right from the start and I thought her inner thoughts were brilliant. Like most of us she’s torn between her good side and her bad side. In this story her angellic side is presented to us in the form of a Jane Austen novel and her dark side – a rude TV talk show host. Fantastic because sometimes the voices in our heads are kind and other times they are demeaning and cruel. I know how cruel my mind can be when it’s left unchecked so I totally related to Tess’s talk show host.
The story is set in a hospice and I did feel myself tense up at the start (recently lost my dad) however it is actually an uplifting and positive place. It was a realistic setting and it was created with sensitivity. There’s warmth, humour and a lot of love for the patients in the hospice. I experienced this when Dad was on end of life care so I could relate. This book does deal with grief and how different people react to losing a loved one. It also looks at death and how it’s a personal journey and we all go on different paths towards it. I found this book to be a great help with my own grief journey.
I loved the romance in this book. It was an emotional journey and followed the themes of taking second chances and being true to yourself. I thought Edward was a great character and I loved the link to the past. It was great to see love blossoming in the unlikeliest of places.
Thank you, Nancy Peach.
This book is well worth a read!
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Tell me more about Nancy Peach:
Nancy Peach writes commercial women’s fiction.
Her debut novel Love Life is being published by One More Chapter at Harper Collins and is available to pre-order now at Amazon or Waterstones in e-book, paperback and audiobook, and her work has been long-listed for the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020.