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!

Going La La – Alexandra Potter

going la laTitle: Going La La
Author: Alexandra Potter
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 318
My rating★★★★✫

Even though I have many books on my TBR I don’t always want to pick the obvious book or my latest purchase to be the next one to read. I was in the mood for reading something light and funny this weekend, as I wasn’t feeling very well. So when I read that AJ was going to read books with white covers, I decided to join her. I picked ‘Going La La’ because of the title and the starts at the cover. Unfortunately I didn’t finish the book on time, but I did enjoy reading it.

What the book is about

What do you when your boyfriend tells you he wants space? You give him six thousand miles of it…

Frankie’s life is falling apart. In less than a week she’s gone from having everything – a great job, lovely flat and gorgeous Hugh – to having nothing at all.

Devastated, dumped and on the dole, she packs her bags and flies to Los Angeles to stay with an old friend. Her goal? To sort out her life and get over Hugh. She does not, repeat not, go to LA to fall head over heels for an American photographer called Reilly and to run away to Las Vegas.

But what happens when Hugh wants her back? Who will she choose? And is it really true that whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?

What I think about the book

First of all I think that I have found a very nice author and I would love to read more books by Alexandra Potter in the future. It was such a lovely story. Frankie’s relationship with Hugh sounded far from perfect to me, but love can make people blind and she obviously loved the guy. Running away after a break up to meet with your best friend is also something I can relate to. I have done that many times in the past. A girl needs some quality time with her best friend at such moments. In my case that was usually only about 200 km away, but Frankie flies to the other half of the world to see her best friend. All I can say is that I would have done the same, so that doesn’t sound strange to me at all. It is probably why I instantly fell in love with Frankie and Rita and their friendship.

Then there is Reilly. A photographer who is nothing like the dream guy that Frankie still has in mine. Yet he seems to have something special. They keep bumping in to each other in L.A. It was definitely the kind of guy that I could fall for. A little chaos, an artistic job, handsome. Yup, that sounds just fine. All the other characters are so nice as well. Take Dorian, the eccentric and sweet neighbor of Rita who knows where the best parties are. Wouldn’t you want a fun neighbor like that? Someone who is always around for a chat, a glass of champagne or a cup of licorice tea?

It was funny how the characters had no cell phones and were still calling each other via phone boots and land lines. Besides that, the story could still be set in the current time, because life, love, parties and friendship haven’t changed that much since the 90’s.

Want to read something colorful as well? AJ is going for books with a green cover this week! 

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.

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