What I thought:
I have long been a fan of Paige Toon’s books. She is one of those authors whose books you just know you will love; a go-to author. Women’s Fiction, chick lit, holiday reading, call it what you will – when all said and done, they are feel-good and will melt the hardest of hearts.
What I like about Paige Toon’s books is that characters from previous books quite often pop up (no plot spoilers, usually just a brief mention by way of a call or email but it always puts a smile on my face to hear from them). In The Last Piece of my Heart, Bridget re-locates to Cornwall to ghostwrite a sequel to a best-selling novel, only the widow of the author who wrote the first book is still grieving and not especially pleased to see her. I don’t want to say more than that, as I find that with these books it’s best to get swept up in the unfolding story without knowing which direction it might go in (I say that because in some of Toon’s books we’re not actually sure who the lead character will end up with).
I do like books like this in between crime and more literary reads – I consider them palate-cleansers, and I don’t mean that to sound in any way derogatory, as some have become firm favourites of mine; a respite or an escape, real comfort reading. What I especially love about Paige Toon’s books, among all of this genre that I enjoy, is that they are probably the books that make me root for the characters the most. We watch them fall slowly for each other and cheer them on towards the hoped-for conclusion.
Another belter. Feel-good, romantic, pure escapism. Big thumbs up.
Have you read any of Paige Toon’s books? Which other authors from this genre would you recommend?
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for my copy of this book in return for my honest review.
“‘Will you marry me?’ I think of you, then. I think of you every day. But usually in the quietest part of the morning, or the darkest part of the night. Not when my boyfriend of two years has just proposed. I look up at Richard with his hopeful eyes. ‘Lily?’ he prompts. It’s been ten years, but it feels like only yesterday that you left. How can I say yes to Richard with all my heart when most of it has always belonged to you? I take a deep breath and will myself to speak…Ten years ago when Lily was just sixteen, she fell in love with someone she really shouldn’t have fallen in love with. Now, living in Sydney and engaged to another man, she can’t forget the one that got away. Then her past comes back to haunt her, and she has to make a decision that will break her heart – and the heart of at least one of the men who love her.”
What I thought:
This is the first of my recent holiday reads – the perfect book for chilling round the pool with.
Pictures of Lily is a book in two parts, the first of these set 10 years ago when 16 year old Lily is dragged reluctantly to Adelaide in Australia with her mum who has met someone on the internet. Lily has no intention of trying to settle in until she goes to do some voluntary work at the local animal sanctuary where her mum’s boyfriend works. Lily loves animals and soon finds herself head over heels with both the animals and also the rather hunky Ben who also works there; the only snag is that he is 28 and about to get married.
Fast forward ten years, Lily is living in Sidney with her boyfriend Richard, and he has just proposed to her. Depsite being happy and Richard being wonderful, she has never quite got over Ben, the first love of her life and when she suddently finds him in her life again, Lily has a big decision to make.
Paige Toon is the reason I fell in love with chicklit a few years ago. I used to be a bit of a snob when it came to anything with a pastel cover and would wrinkle my nose at anything on a supermarket shelf. I honestly don’t even know what made me pick up Toon’s debut book Lucy in the Sky, but something compelled me to buy it and, despite my reservations, I loved it! That was the book that started my love affair with chicklit and I am now LOUD AND PROUD! 😉 You honestly can’t beat some feel-good fluff when your brain is yelling for a respite from literary fiction; it’s such a tonic.
What I loved about Pictures of Lily was that some of the characters from Lucy in the Sky turned up in this too and it was lovely to catch up with them. And there was a definite “awww” factor at the end of this one.
Do you read any chicklit? If not, why not? I’m curious as I was a self-confessed snob and now I am converted.
(I recieved my copy of this book from Simon and Scuster – Thanks Ally!)