No Place Like Home, Jennifer Kacey

No Place Like Home,  Jennifer Kacey

Genre:   Romance

I loved the description of this – I’m a sucker for the turnaround type novel, where people grow up into those they’d never imagined even in their dreams. I was bullied at school for being a small, shapeless, dark skinned glasses wearer. gave a lot of scope for taunts there….so I loved how Charlie has transformed and yet still inside she’s that bullied schoolchild. Kids can be cruel even if they don’t mean to be and it stays with those affected.

Sadly though I loved the way Charlie returned to her childhood town and gobsmacked the man she’d crushed on from afar, this story just didn’t work for me. Its well written, but a bit short for me, something I missed, and that brevity only allows for a quick skim of events and problems. What I struggled with was everyone was so nice, its was like a pastiche of a perfect life. No gossips, no jealousies, no nasty situations, everything just fell into place perfectly,  and for me I need the drama and angst that comes from when situations go wrong. I just felt this was so sweet, so gentle and everyone so perfect in motives and actions, that it made me feel the way I do after eating something really sweet – you know – how it makes your teeth ache even though there was nothing nasty about it.

If you love a sweet, happy now and ever after read, a romance that’s gentle and unswerving, then this will be a terrific, perfect read for you. Sadly I need a bit more nasty to balance all that love and kindness….Its an example of how we all need different things from our reading.

Stars: Two and a half, there were a few parts I enjoyed but overall its not one for me even though its perfect for others.

 

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

2 responses to “No Place Like Home, Jennifer Kacey”

  1. By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff says :

    I don’t tend to read much in the way of light romances but every now and then particularly if I’ve been reading a lot of books with “issue” driven plots, I’ll pick one up. This does sound sweet. I’ll definitely keep it in mind. Great review!

    • jeanniezelos says :

      Thanks, sometimes you just want something easy to read and relax with especially after a run of dense plots, heavy on issues and complexities and I was hoping for that with this but it was just a bit too easy and simple for me. We all like different things though which is great as there’s a market for every story somewhere that way – and books for every reader if we can just find them!

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