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Helen Carey is the author of Lavender Road, Some Sunny Day, On a Wing and a Prayer, Slick Deals and The Art of Loving. Having spent time in various parts of the world she now lives in West Wales where she and her husband run their small farm as a conservation project. She is a fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and teaches creative writing at the local university. Previously she has worked as a tour guide, oil trader, management consultant and army officer. She is also an artist and has a small gallery in a converted goat shed.
on March 08, 2012 :
I have just read the review by Michelle Wilson and I really don't have anything much to add, as Michelle has captured the essence of this excellent novel really well.I can only agree with her that this is a compelling and utterly charming love story, but with a dash of humour and an eye for detail that set this writer apart as being rather special. I have read all of Helen Carey's books and loved them all equally, she is a versatile and gifted writer. More please!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Feb. 26, 2012 :
I really liked this story. It's charming and full of emotion. My heart broke for Kelly many times over. As an artist she needs to be able to tap into her emotions, but her hurt and shame over her parents has only led her to build barriers around her heart. She came across as very weak – both physically and emotionally. I would have liked to have seen more emotional growth from her; to see her go from timid wallflower to a woman who blossoms after finding love. Max was the polar opposite to Kelly – confident, brooding, a quick temper and never short of admirers. There's no kind way to say it, but he's a (sexy) jerk throughout the story. He makes assumptions and voices them, not realizing that every word and action cuts Kelly down a little bit more each time. There wasn't a dull or slow moment. It was fluid, and I felt immersed in Kelly's feelings as she was experiencing them. The ending took me a little by surprise but it was a beautiful conclusion to the story of this unlikely couple.
This was my first story by Ms Carey, but I would definitely like to read more of her stories.
It bears mentioning that this story is written in British English (any words that may be conceived as spelling/grammar mistakes actually aren't).
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)