Well finally I’m getting round to posting a review for this wonderful book! Again, I have to start with an apology for it being delayed but life doesn’t half get in the way sometimes! But here it is, and I can assure you, it was definitely worth the wait.
Here’s a little look at the cover and the synopsis, before we move onto our review.
Jenny has always wanted a fairytale life: the perfect house, her own Prince Charming and the wedding to go with it.
After a five year engagement Jenny and her fiance Rich are counting down to the “Big Day”…
And lets not forget one hell of a Hen Party For Jenny her life as the perfect wife is all she has ever wanted but secrets are never far away…
Will Jenny make it to her own fairytale wedding…
All will be revealed in “Veiled”
Like what you see? Well without further ado, here is our four star review…..
This story follows on from Trust, but is now told from the perspective of Jenny, as she prepares for the wedding of her dreams, but will it all go to plan? With skeletons hiding in so many of Jenny and Rich’s closets, it’s just a matter of time before they come out into the open, but will they cause havoc enough to cancel the wedding?
I have to say, I found this book instantly more enjoyable and engaging than ‘Trust’. Chapman really does draw you into this story much quicker and more much completely, which is wonderful from a reader’s point of view as it enables us to dive straight in. I’m not entirely sure if this is because we are already familiar with the key characters or if it has something to do with an improvement in writing style, but either way, it is a great step in the right direction.
The plot of this book seems to be very simplistic at first, following Jenny as she prepares for her wedding, but the twists and turns are simply divine to read. Just when you feel settled into the story and sure something is going to happen, it twists and changes. They aren’t always huge plot twists, sometimes they are just tiny tweaks of where you’ve already thought they are going, but then others leave you truly reeling, particularly towards the end of the book! There is just one turn that I really didn’t expect, involving Jenny and Warren, and I have to say that Chapman really did catch me off guard there, however I should have really noticed it but I was just so caught up in the story that I had stopped trying to second guess the author and was simply allowing myself to be carried away with the writing.
There are new characters in this book which breathe a breath of fresh air into the dynamic of the already established ‘cast’. Jenny, who we met briefly in ‘Trust’, is developed much more and into a very likable young woman who’s many trials throughout this book truly endear her to the reader and leave us wanting to comfort her in the same way Megan does. The new addition, Warren, is a delight to read, much like Mark was in the first book. Now here is where I have to be careful so as not to spoil things, but he is incredibly like Mark! So much so, I must admit that I found myself experiencing a little de ja vu towards the end of this book. I so want to believe that these men can actually exist in the world, but from my experience, this is just simply not the case! Rich however, is so realistic. He is such a refreshing character to read, in a strange way, as you really could imagine experiencing him amongst the ex partners of friends and family. He’s tangible, much more tangible than the other males in the book, and I have to say I find him, at times, more engaging than the more romantic, and lovey dovey characters Chapman writes.
And this brings me to the part I hate to write, but feel I need to because I am always honest. This series of books is beginning to feel a little formulaic and, dare I say, cliched. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed them greatly, however about half way through them both there’s a startling revelation, followed by a friend helping with the fall out and then a very cliche and romantic ‘happily ever after’ with a slight twist. As someone who freely admits not to be a huge lover of the romance genre, this jars with me as it just does not feel entirely realistic for two friends to stumble across such perfect guys, however, it is then I remind myself that this is fiction, and escapism at it’s best, so I don’t mind it too much. I guess, in a very garbled way, I’m trying to let you guys know that if you aren’t a huge fan of the old love at first sight, hook line and sinker and cliches, this probably isn’t the book for you. If however that is right up your street then I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it!
In conclusion, I have to say that, despite my gripes, I did really enjoy reading this book. It’s an easy read, something you can dip in and out of with ease. There’s an escapist, romanticist theme throughout and this is enjoyable, and very engaging, after a hard day’s work! The romance is well written, the intimacy is believable and tasteful, the characters and plot are well developed and engaging. Overall, it’s something I could quite enjoy reading again, particularly by the side of a pool or in a brief half hour when I needed to reaffirm that romance really isn’t dead!
In the meantime, if you liked what you read, why don’t you go show L Chapman some love?
Welcome to our stop on the ‘Veiled’ Blog Tour! I’ve stretched this event over 3 days, with out review of ‘Trust’ yesterday, an interview today, and our review of ‘Veiled’ will be revealed tomorrow.
So without further ado, here’s a little about our author…
L. Chapman was born in, and continues to live in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She has spent most of her life helping at one time, a DJ for a special needs club. Blending her love of helping others and her love of children, L dreams to one day own and operate a childcare nursery that will help mainstream special needs children with others.
In the rare times that L is not working to help others or maniacally writing, she enjoys making a mess of things while creating beautifully detailed greeting cards. She spends time relaxing with family, friends, and good books. L loves to travel and has been to many places in the United Kingdom: her favourite places all involve the ocean. She hopes to one day share a kiss with her happily-ever-after in the romantic shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Should she ever get over her fear of flying, those kisses may be shared in the shadows of the Egyptian Pyramids.
Ever the fussy eater, L has never once tasted peanut butter, and she despises coffee. If you should ever feel the need to bribe her, it is suggested that you bring chocolate, as that is one of her weaknesses. (Supplied by Author)
And so, without further ado, it’s time to find the answers to some questions!
- Do you have any playlists or movies that you like to watch/listen to when settling down to write?
I always listen to music when I’m writing; it depends on the mood I’m in when I write to what I pick. If I have P!nk on, I can work for hours singing away. I have playlists for each of the books in the series.
- Are there any books that you wish you could have written? Why?
There are many books I have read and gone, ‘Oh, wow I wish I could write that.’ There are so many talented authors out there.
- Which parts of your writing process do you find the hardest?
The prologue. Oh my, I hate them. I never planned to have one int Trust and after talking with my betas and my editor, we added one. The take so long to write. In every book it’s the first thing I start and finish it when the book’s done.
- Which characters in any of your stories your favourite? Why?
I don’t have a favourite, they all have their own little stories, I have fallen in love with them all for one reason or another. Even those ones who you don’t think are a BIG part of the stories, are big to me.
- Can you tell us a little about your inspiration for ‘Trust’ and ‘Veiled’?
I have had the ‘Trust’ story floating around in my head for a while, I sat down one day and wrote it. Veiled just seemed natural, BUT it was never planned to go fully the way it did. I just want all of their stories out there.
- Can you tell us a little about your next project?
I’m currently having book 3 of the believe series beta read… hopefully out in December 2013.
I’m currently writing a standalone, one that no one knows about. I’m very excited for 2014.
- Are there any aspects of your writing journey you’d change if you could?
I’m not sure, I guess I landed right, I have a strong team around me, I can talk for England. So all the promotional side cam easy to me (after nearly a year of blogging, I know what works). I guess I might of kept the believe series plan’s quieter, before meaning you don’t have such a wait…
- As a published author, what tips can you give to any aspiring writers out there?
Believe in yourself, if you don’t believe in yourself you are not going to get far.
We here at Lily Loves Indie would love to take this chance to thank L Chapman for answering these questions and can’t wait to have her back on the blog again in the near future!
Make sure you pop back tomorrow to see our review of ‘Veiled’, including details on how to enter a giveaway to celebrate its release!
In the meantime, if you liked what you read, why don’t you go show her some love?
Firstly I’d like to apologise for being so late posting this! It’s been a manic couple of days and I’ve not had five minutes to read. That changed when I locked myself away for some quality time with my kindle and decided to finish this book.
So without further ado, I’ll share a little synopsis of the book for you and then we’ll crack straight on with the review!
Lovely Megan Madden has lost her faith in men. But this has not kept her from the joy of her best friend’s up coming wedding. While in London shopping for the big event, Megan’s life takes a surprising turn when a quick drink brings changes to her life she never saw coming. Join in the roller coaster of emotions Megan must endure as she attempts to regain her TRUST.
Who knew a quiet drink could change your life?
Like it so far? Well read on to enjoy the rest of our four star review for ‘Trust’….
A romance, told from the perspective of Megan, a pregnant singleton who appears to be off men, that is until Mark shows up at the bar and in a very forward (and at times bordering on stalker-ish style) sweeps Megan off her feet, or so it would seem. And that is really all I can tell you without spoilers!
So I guess you want to know what I thought? Well, in a nutshell, it was rather enjoyable, even in aspects were a little hard for me to get into. As a newcomer to the romance genre (I’m looking for my own Mr Right so I’m canvassing book boyfriends to fill time!) I have to say, at times this was just a little too soppy for me, too perfect, that was until the twist about half way through, and then it got much more believable, but you get where I’m coming from. There was also the fact that this story is a bit of a slow starter. You do need to keep reading until about 50% of the way through before, and I promise you this, Chapman hooks you nice and strong and you can’t put the book down.
The plot is, at times, quite ambling. It does develop well, but sometimes it could just be a little faster paced to help you engage more with the story being told. However, that being said, I cannot fault the final few chapters which are simply a delight to read and incredibly hard to stop reading once you start. They have the momentum and pace of a freight train heading downhill without any brakes, and it is incredibly hard not to get swept up in the emotions of Megan and the other characters as their little world seems to go to hell in a fast car and back again several times. Add to that some really jarring twists and turns as the plot develops and you are left with whiplash from the sudden u-turns the story takes. Credit is most definitely due for Chapman in turning what I felt would be a very run of the mill story into something out of the ordinary.
The characters are a mixed bag. Megan is very believable in a modern society, and her lifestyle, attitude to dating, the whole package is like dipping into my own head, or that of my friends. Mark, on the other hand, is a bit harder to get used to. Yes he’s romantic, yes he’s attractive, yes he’s loaded, but at times he is just, quite simply, too ‘in your face’. He’s the only character I really didn’t feel was entirely believable and I found it harder to engage with him. That is until we got to know his character flaws and he was no longer the perfect guy! Somehow, even reading perfection worries me because it makes it that much harder to find in real life, so on balance, I guess Mark is a normal guy! The supporting characters are an engaging and diverse, even if we don’t really get much chance to get to know them.
In conclusion, this is an enjoyable and easy read that would be well suited to poolside reading or a nice relaxing afternoon. It’s not too long, which is always a bonus as it keeps the visit to Megan’s world short and sweet, and I think the length is pitched just right. Pace is better in the second half, as is the plot, but I have to say, I’m very much looking forward to hiding away and reading the next in the series. And on that note, I’m off to find a quiet corner to read!
Make sure you drop by tomorrow for our interview with L Chapman as part of her blog tour, and also on Friday for our review of ‘Veiled’, including some sneaky snippets!
In the meantime, if you liked what you read, why don’t you go show L Chapman some love?
Hello my name is Melinda and I am a new Indie Author. Yes I admit it I’m a newbie and came quickly crashing into writing. I also admit that I have the worst sense of grammar and punctuation out there don’t critique me on that here cause this IS unedited!LOL
I live in a small New England town that is North of Boston. There I live with my loving and supportive husband and my two young boys. As you now know that I find my inspiration in other authors. I also have music, my amazing family, friends, and of course my awesome co-workers that all inspire me. I really enjoy reading, now writing, taking pictures, massages, coffee, chocolate, ice cream, and beer & wine.
I love to spend any free time I get playing with my boys, teaching them, taking family trips, spending time with my loved ones, going on quiet dates with my hubby, and crazy fun nights out with my girlfriends.
My first book is called Never Say Never. I self published this book on March 21, 2013. Very soon after hitting that publish button on Amazon I came to realize that my book needed a little more editing and to be revised a bit. So after some serious consideration I decided to take the book down and do what needed to be done to it.
It has taken me a bit longer than I would have liked but some things got in the way…..well that’s life for ya! I worked full force on it when time allowed and I managed to get it back up and for sale as of the end of July 2013. This book is a cliff hanger that will leave you wanting more. So be aware of that. There is a part 2 to follow, I am hoping to have it done and out in the winter of 2013 or Early 2014. Also in between I am working on another book which will be more on the contemporary romance side vs new adult. (Supplied by Author)
Next, it’d make sense to tell you guys a little about the book we have kindly been given to review!
Amanda goes through her young life having to survive experiences that nobody should have to. She was always quiet and found it easier to keep to herself, rather than share herself with the world. She struggled with being open and talking to anyone about what was invading her life. In her heart she believed it was much easier to keep her secrets to herself. Sometimes sharing your deepest and darkest secret with someone you love is the only way to free yourself.
Will she ever be able to find that someone? Do the trials of her adolescence make her stronger in the end? Or will her world be turned upside down and she’ll be crushed under the weight of her love for another? Can she recover from the unthinkable? Will Amanda be able to pull through and find the one thing she’s always longed for and never really had…..love?
And so, without further ado, I suppose we’d best get cracking with our review!
In conclusion, I suppose I’m in two minds with this book, which is why it’s taken me so long to write this review. There are some really outstanding aspects that are incredibly strong and show great talent, but there are just those few niggles that I can’t get past. However, if you look past all that and just let yourself dive head first into the story, Sutherland has weaved a delicate, and at times very touching, story which you’d have to have a heart of stone not to be touched by. I’m very much looking forward to reading the second part of this book and I can promise you there’ll be a review here when it’s out! So, to conclude, if you like a bit of romance, a bit of angst and a bit of teenage growing up then this is most definitely the book for you!
If this sounds like the kind of book that you’d like to on click, you can purchase it from Amazon UK and Amazon US.
You can also enter a giveaway for a signed paperback copy of this book!
I can’t believe it is only a month away from my big day. I score a line through today’s date on the personalised calendar I received from my friend Megan. She designed the keepsake in my colour scheme of white, black and pink and personalized it with pictures of Rich and me. It is a ‘me’ gift that Megan knew I would love. It is something only she would buy since she loves giving people personalised keepsakes. She knows me so well. The calendar is used solely for the wedding, and it has all my appointments written on it.
I only have fifteen days off from my full-time job as a nurse before the wedding. Due to the fact I’m organised, every one of those days has plans. I just can’t wait. I’m finally going to have the fairytale wedding I have always wanted. I have dreamed of this special day since I was a child. When I was little, I received a book for my dream wedding, and I used to cut out little pictures of items that I wanted and wished for. We are getting married in a church, a big old-fashioned church followed by a reception in a castle. A real castle. A big do, like what I have always imagined. It’s supposed to be our day and I want us to be the centre of attention. I think Rich would be happy just getting married in a registry office with two strangers as witnesses. He is only going along with the big wedding for my sake. As soon as I began working as a paper girl at thirteen, I started saving for my dream day. Even though it is considered tradition, I didn’t want to rely on my parents to pay for everything. I want it to be perfect with my own personal touch since I plan to marry only one time.
My mum and dad met when they were eighteen and have been together for twenty-nine years. They have three children, Samantha, my older pain in the arse sister, Martin, my baby brother, and me. Martin passed away three days after he turned six. He accidentally ran out in front of a car to get his ball. Just thinking of him makes me tear up. My only brother killed because of a ball.
Thankfully, the doctors say he died straight away so he wasn’t aware of what was happening. But I’m aware. I remember it all too well and now wish we had not been there. It was my fault; I wanted to play at the park that day. If I had not asked to go, he would never have been there. He would still be alive. I saw everything, but wish I hadn’t. I remember the car— the colour, make, model.Everything about that day. It was like watching a film when everything happens in slow motion. Mum ran after Martin to stop him, but she couldn’t get there in time. Understandably, she’s never gotten over losing him. She was diagnosed with severe depression and admitted to the hospital after his death. Martin was a very bright lad with a heart of gold, he loved football, and he wanted to be a science teacher when he grew up. I wish he could be here to help me on my big day and to be one of Rich’s ushers.
My older sister is the complete opposite of me. Samantha has a very kind heart, but she can be a pain at times. She will help you do anything as long as it’s done her way and convenient for her. The only feature we share is eye colour that changes to a darker colour when we get angry. Samantha has shoulder-length brown hair while I have blonde hair. Even with only two years separating us, she looks nothing like me. If one more person tells me we look alike, I will cry. We are two different people.
In the rare times that L. is not working to help others or maniacally writing, she enjoys making a mess of things while creating beautifully detailed greeting cards. She spends time relaxing with family, friends, and good books. L. loves to travel and has been to many places in the United Kingdom; her favorite places all involve the ocean. She hopes to one day share a kiss with her happily-ever-after in the romantic shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Should she ever get over her fear of flying, those kisses may be shared in the shadows of the Egyptian Pyramids.
Ever the fussy eater, L. has never once tasted peanut butter, and she despises coffee. If you should feel the need to bribe her, it is suggested that you bring chocolate, as that is one of her know weaknesses.