Reach for the Stars, Colleen Coleman
Genre: women’s fiction, Romance
I almost didn’t request this, having read some negative reviews for Colleen’s earlier book, but it sounded fun so I took the plunge. I’m so glad I did, it was a really enjoyable romance.
Its not a romance dominated book, I love those but also like to read books about People, their habits, faults, good points. you know – all the things that make book characters feel real.
And yes, there is a lot of artistic licence taken here that critics of book one might find irritating. Life does fall neatly into Evelyn’s plans, the way the pub job pops up and turns into more, but it was such fun that I could very easily let go of that ” its a dam n sight harder than that to run a business, to take over a lease, to drum up trade” feeling etc. Go with the flow and enjoy the story as it unfolds, and let fiction take over from the realities of life.
I’m the worst sometimes for criticising that kind of set-up but here it works. Dunno why, but it does and I had fun reading about Evelyn’s journey.
I love the characters here, loved seeing how they grew, how they changed.
James, he seemed a real jerk and i was thinking why did they ever marry, but later when we see things from his view I could see that it wasn’t just him, that Evelyn too had changed such a lot.
She irritated me a bit in her intent to be such a martyr almost, she was such a “pleaser”, hated conflict, and I recognise so much in her that I do, and I annoy myself with it 😉 so I wanted her to take the stance I find so hard…
The story is fun, the people wonderful, and the romance a slow burn one that ends beautifully. Its a great read, not sure I’d reread but one I’m so glad I finally asked for.
Stars: four, a fun way to escape reality for a few hours.
ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers