Book Review: The Life You Left by Carmel Harrington

Book Review: The Life You Left

Title: The Life You Left
Author: Carmel Harrington
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publishing Date: June 19th 2014
Rating: 3/5 Stars
“Sarah, I’m not coming home tonight.
If you love me, you will give me the space I need…
Tell the children I love them.
Paul
It started out like any other day for Sarah Lawler; getting the kids ready for school, making the pack lunches and juggling baby Ella’s feeds.

There was no way of knowing that her husband, Paul, would leave for work that morning and simply not come home.

Now the questions are piling up quicker than the unpaid bills and, unable to answer her children’s questions about where their Daddy is, Sarah is getting desperate.

But it turns out she isn’t quite as alone as she thought she was. When her beloved childhood friend, Edward, comes back into her life, Sarah thinks she’s finally been thrown a life line.

There’s just one problem with Edward: no one else can see him.

Edward is an angel. And he has a message for Sarah that will change her life and the lives of others forever. For it is only in the most difficult of times that Sarah can discover how strong
she truly is.

Set in a small coastal village on the beautiful Irish coast, The Life You Left is a story of redemption and the strength of love.”

An interesting premise, but the story is nothing special. While the characters are not awful, they are simply boring, from the main character Sarah Lawler to the Angel Edward. There is not much excitement in the book. It reminds me off one of those really lazy Sunday afternoons, when before having kids, we had nothing to do, and time to watch those movies that were on TV, just to keep from being too bored. The book did not excite me at all, but was not the worst thing I have read ever, it was simply flat, like those Sunday afternoon movies. With so many enticing volumes out there, this one had a premise that could have been built on. The thought of an Angel story got my attention, only to leave me wondering if there would be anything happening, that would exit me. It did not. HarperCollins has some really interesting romance and paranormal romance books to offer at the moment, this is not one of the better ones.

Book Review: Knight of My Dreams

Knight of My Dreams - A Review

Title: Knight of My Dreams
Authors: Beth Ciotta, Cynthia Valero
Genre: Romance
Publisher: ImaJinn Books
Publication Date: March 31, 2014
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

I tend to be wary of novels that are written in collaboration. Most of the time, the two voices of the Authors tend to collide, leaving a somewhat disconnected feeling for the reader. This is not the case with Knight of My Dreams. There is flow, there are all of the aspects of a romance, even if it’s a fantastical romance, present, over all it’s a well done story.
this is not your traditional historical romance, but a paranormal romance with a historical twist, which is the premise that drew me to it in the first place. I am not a fan of historical romance, not because they are not done well, but because I just prefer contemporary romance over it. Sometimes though, when the back of the book promises a special twist, I reach for them anyway, and I am happy to find some really good novels that way.
This book will leave you spellbound.