The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

The Rosie EffectTitle: The Rosie Effect
Author: Graeme Simsion
Publisher: Text Publishing Company
Pages: 415
My rating★★★★★

After falling in love with Don and Rosie in The Rosie Project I could not wait to read The Rosie Effect as well. I told myself that I should not buy too many books, but then I found this one in my mailbox as a surprise. I had won the book at a giveaway from the Dutch publisher Luiting-Sijthoff. So I have read the Dutch translation of this book. Therefore I can only write about how I feel about the story and not what I think of the language that has been used.

What the book is about

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because: Surprise! Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most.

What I think about the book 

Once again I loved the story. Don has his own way of getting himself into trouble and that is just so adorable. Rosie somehow reminds me of myself. The things she says, the way she wants to be independent and do a million things at the same time, all by herself. Yes, that could be something I would do. So I can imagine that it would be hard to support her, especially for Don. Still he is trying as good as he can to find a way to deal with this Baby Project that he didn’t plan. Nobody can see his efforts though, as he keeps most of it to himself.

Lydia the social worker made me so mad all the time. I really wanted to strangle her at some point. Seriously, who is she to decide who can have babies and what would be best for them. Of course she has seen all the bad stories in her job, but she is judging Don really hard even before she really gets to know him. I like how the book gave me all sorts of emotions as that usually means it is a good story and that I feel engaged.

I would really recommend this book to everyone!

Homecoming – Cathy Kelly

HomecomingTitle: Homecoming
Author: Cathy Kelly
Publisher: Harper Torch
Pages: 440
My rating★★★★✫

There are so many books on my TBR pile and sometimes I really don’t know which one to pick. Luckily I follow some great ladies on Twitter and they’ve got plenty ideas available. So last week I read about reading books with a blue cover and it’s as good a reason as any to pick a book by color if you haven’t picked a new book yet. The first book I came accross was ‘Homecoming’ by Cathy Kelly. I am not sure if I have ever read a book by her before. I think the cover of this book is really pretty and I like stories that are based in Ireland so I had picked my book.

What the book is about

Four women. Four lives. One place they call home.

Eleanor Levine left Ireland years ago with just a suitcase and her mother’s recipe book. And now, a lifetime later, she returns from New York for Dublin’s beautiful Golden Square full of hard-won wisdom. As she watches life unfold from her window, she is drawn into the lives of the women who live in the square…

Beautful actress Megan Bouchier had fame and success in her grasp – then she made the wrong kind of headlines. Now she needs a place to hide.

Big-hearted teacher Connie O’Callaghan is approaching forty and has given up on love. Why does no man match the heroes in her romantic novels?

Rae is a loyal friend and wife, dispensing tea and sympathy from Titania’s Tea Room – until a secret threatens everything she holds dear . . .

What I thought about the book

As the book is about four women, it takes a little longer to find out who they are and what they do, but as it’s such an easy read I was flying through the first chapters. I love how Cathy Kelly starts every chapter with an entry of the recipe book of Eleanor’s mother. They are not just recipes, but pieces of advise and wisdom and they really fit the chapters.

The women all live (or end up on) Golden Square and slowly become a part of each others lives. Even though that are all so different in age and personality, they can learn from each other and help each other. Each of them is facing something tough and is going through a difficult time in life and they all cope in their own unique ways.  I thought it was beautiful how their lives sort of come together after a while and how new friendships are formed.

So this is basically just a beautiful story about life, friendship and love and it makes me want to read more books of Cathy Kelly.

Love me for me – Jenny Hale

Love me for meTitle: Love me for me
Author: Jenny Hale
Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 290
My rating★★★★★

This book was given to me by my friend Lavender and she told me that I should read it. So that’s what I did this summer. When I was in the backseat of the car on our way back from Switzerland, I started to read this book. I finished reading it before we came back home, because I liked it that much. I don’t often give a 5-star rating to a romance novel, but this one deserves it.

What the book is about

Libby Potter has just lost the perfect job, the perfect apartment and the perfect boyfriend. Moving back to the same home town that she couldn’t wait to escape when she was younger was definitely not on her todo list. Especially as it means running into the man whose heart she broke when she left.
Pete Bennett can still make Libby’s world stop with just the sound of his voice – even ten years on. Only now, she is the last person in the world that he wants to see.
As everyone else welcomes Libby home with open arms, she realizes she’s missed that special closeness that comes from lifelong friendship. And, as Libby tries to make amends with Pete, she begins to wonder whether she made the right choice in leaving all those years ago.
When an amazing career opportunity gives her the chance to leave again, Libby will have to decide what her version of perfect is… and where she really belongs.

What I thought about the book

In the beginning I really felt bad for Libby. I know how it feels to lose everything at once and she still had a plan. The plan was to sell her house and then find a new job in the city so she could leave as soon as possible. Reality turned out to be a little different. Did she really hate her home town that much? Was she sure that she doesn’t belong there? It was really awesome to see the little changes in Libby before she actually noticed them herself.

Peter seemed to be such a catch. I could not imagine why Libby had left him in the first place so from the very beginning I was rooting for him. I wanted Libby to stay and be happy and… well that would not have made a great story of course, as some things just need to happen. The stuff that happened was just how it should be. I could relate to all the choices that the characters were making.

In the end I just found it a really cute and romantic story, with lots of connections to real life. I just loved it.

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