It is very rare for me to love a short story but this one ticked all the boxes!
The problem I have with short stories is when it attempts to cover so much ground over a small number of pages. Tales from a Tiny Thai Table is a prequel to the novel Beyond Parallel. This novella is just over 40 pages. It is a snap shot from the night before the main book. It may only cover a few hours in the lives of Clark, Sam, Alex and Bella but it contained so much detail and background of these characters that those 40 or so pages were rich with content.
It sets the scene for the morning after. These four travellers contemplate their journeys thus far and where they want to be in life. Do they continue travelling and search for that something "more"? Or face facts and return home? I found it to be insightful and entertaining.
If you plan to read Beyond Parallel then I recommend this prequel. It was short, sweet and well written.
I loved this book and gave it a brilliant 4.5 stars.
This was Emma Hart's first venture into the New Adult category and I must say what a great début she made.
Never forget is a sweet, coming-of-age tale. City girl Lexy's summer plans are ruined when she is told she will not be spending the summer with her friends but in actual fact she will be returning to her former coastal home town of Lilac bay. In Lexy's eyes, summer fun just went out the window.
So Lexy resigns herself to a summer stuck with her parents, annoying older brother and her delightfully eccentric Grammy. (who, for me, stole the show)
Lexy's feet have barely reached Lilac Bay when she meets Grammy's odd job man Alec, although Alec isn't one of Grammy's silver haired bingo buddies, no Alec would just happen to be tall, dark, lean and incredibly handsome. But Lexy isn't phased and is accustomed to Alec's kind therefore she makes it very clear up front that nothing will ever happen between the two of them. Lexy has her heart to protect.
This was a great tale of family relationships, reconnecting friendships and having a summer full of fun and memories. I loved the supporting characters in this book. From Lexy's crazy friend Jen, who she could always rely on for some straight talking advice. Her funny yet annoying brother Bing, her sweet parents and then Grammy, little firecracker Grammy. I feel everyone should have a Grammy in their life, she seriously cracked me up!
'Mum kisses her cheeck. "Woman of your age shouldn't be drinking Vino the way you do."
"Oh pish, Em, it's only a few glasses a week." Gram waves her hand dismissivley.'
Lexy was finally having the summer of fun she wished for, only now it was with old friends, close family and a hot boy to boot!
I loved the change in Alec, he started off as the typical playboy assuming he could get what he wanted and Lexy being the sassy chick that she was told him otherwise. I loved that the book had the dual point of views because I felt we got to know Alec and he had so many *swoon* moments.
"I don't know when she made the transition from sexy to beautiful in my mind, or when she became a need instead of a want. I missed when she switched from a one night girl to a forever girl. My forever girl."
And Lexy had no choice but to give in as she could no longer deny their connection.
"He's stealing my Heart, a little piece at a time. And I'm not sure want him to stop anymore."
But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I knew the train wreck was about to happen yet there was nothing I could do to stop it. Lexy's world comes crashing down and the people who she loved the most were the ones who hurt her in the end. This part of the story was well done. I could feel Lexy's emotions and my heart went out to her. All I'll say is at 95% the tears were flowing freely, it couldn't be helped.
There were definitely a few rather smexy scenes in the book. The author did a great job of balancing the sweet, heart felt connection between Lexy and Alec and then the moments of pure, raw passion. Did I mention Alec was hot?? ;)
This was a fun read, I loved the author's writing style. It was easy to get lost in the story and I fell in love with each and every character. For me, I especially liked that it was set in Britain and I could relate to all the little quirks. (And yes when she mentions grabbing her pig, she means her piggy bank, people! ;)) This is the second British New Adult novel I have read and I can only hope they are on the increase.
I have discovered a great new author and can't wait to read her future offerings.