It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.
Hello Readers! This week was better than previous one. I read 2 books and we got our new rental home. My husband has paid deposit and we will shift in June once I’m back to Hyderabad.
LAST WEEK I READ-
Don’t miss the new delightfully uplifting book from the author of A Recipe for Disaster!
A second chance at love…
When globe-trotting Emmy first fell for first-aider William on a freezing New Year’s Eve, she really believed that their love would go the distance.
But when she returns to Australia, her letters start to go unanswered and her emails bounce back unread, Emmy decides it’s time to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and start afresh in London.
So she’s shocked when William walks in on her very first day at her new job! Even worse, he’s hotter than ever. But why did he disappear for so long? What has he been hiding? And could this really be their second chance at falling in love…?
Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.Readers LOVE Belinda Missen:
‘a captivating and compelling read I highly recommend!’
‘A delightfully funny, engaging and warm-hearted read’
‘the characters are brilliant, the setting is gorgeous and the writing is compelling’
‘A pleasant. light funny read, well written and thought-provoking.’
NEXT THIS WEEK-
Polly and Olly were never supposed to meet… Polly might spend her days searching for eligible matches for her elite list of clients at her New York dating agency, but her own love life is starting to go up in smoke.
Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about the very person she’s meant to be setting her latest client up with… surely it can’t get any worse!
But then Polly bumps into oh-so-handsome Olly, who heads up a rival agency, and realizes that perhaps all really is fair in love and dating war…
WHAT ARE YOU READING THIS WEEK? HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS BEFORE OR PLANNING TO READ IN FUTURE? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THEM??
The Divorce Planner by Angela Lam Publication Date : May 20th 2019 Publisher : The Wild Rose Press Read Date : May 19th 2019 Genre : Women’s Fiction / Chick Lit Pages : 301 Stars : ★★★★ /5
When her daughter suggests Darcy Madison attend her ex-husband’s wedding, Darcy enlists the help of her colleague, divorce attorney Victor Costello, to pose as her dashing young date. But when Victor proposes to Darcy at the reception, Darcy forgets they are pretending and says, “Yes!” Between her false engagement to Victor and her daughter’s suggestion to have a double wedding, Darcy falls even further in the fantasy of being a blushing midlife bride. The longer the masquerade continues, the more Darcy starts to wonder what is love and can it last forever in a world where divorce is the only language she knows?
The Divorce Planner revolved around Darcy who was 50
something, professionally divorce planner trying to mend relationship with her
daughter by planning her wedding. In between juggling the divorce planning and
wedding planning, she found someone who changed her belief, made her to think
about love again. The book was about divorce vs wedding, love vs logic and
realism, second chance to love, and midlife and married life crisis.
I loved many things in the book. Writing and plot was fabulous and gripping. It was third person narrative from Darcy’s POV.
Her voice was charming that pulled me into the story right from the beginning. Humor, romance, drama, conflicts, and
insights everything was there to make the book enjoyable.
Book started with Joyce calling her mother Darcy to plan her wedding. But the thing is Darcy was the divorce planner not wedding planner who was against marriage. She vowed not to marry ever. Darcy was so sure of no true love, no happy ending, no fairy tales and no forevermore and adamant all things related to love and marriage end disastrously. But when she met Victor at gala event and later for business, all her beliefs threatened to go wrong. Things got even worse when they attended Darcy’s ex-husband wedding as fake madly-in-love couple.
I was curious to see how they will get out of their lie, what
they will experience once their fantasy ended and were forced to come back in
reality, will Darcy break her vow and give love a second chance, and how they
will confess their true feelings. There were little surprises here and there
that kept the story gripping and exciting.
part was characters, especially Darcy.
She was my favorite character in the book. Like her name she was man in women’s
body- realistic, cynical, and practical.
Darcy’s story of her previous marriage, how it ended horribly that affected her
relation with her daughter, how she failed to mend it ever since the divorce,
and how a party planner Darcy turned to divorce planner. It showed endurance,
patience and strength. I liked her
cynical thoughts on marriage, love and divorce. The way she handled her
clients, work life, social Life and daughter’s wedding all at once was
admirable. Darcy’s emotions throughout
the book were perceptible. I could feel her exasperation, confusion, fear,
and struggle. As a mother I could see how difficult it might be to cope with Her
ex-husband, Nathan and daughter,
Joyce who were irritating and blamed Darcy for anything that went wrong with
them. Many times I put down the book to think how Darcy might have dealt with
them for so many years.
chapter and I already hated Nathan. He repeatedly blamed Darcy for
their divorce. He was liar who turned everyone against Darcy even their
daughter. And now that she is planning Joyce’s marriage he called her a bad
luck for their daughter’s marriage! No wonder Darcy is a divorce planner.
Joyce was no
better than Nathan. She loved her dad more than Darcy even though he
cheated Darcy. She was Bridezilla
who wanted her mother to put her work and clients on sidelines to organize her perfect
wedding and she didn’t even appreciate all Darcy did for her till date. Not
just that she threatened to fire Darcy!! She was petulant, controlling and spoiled
person. But things changed by the end of the book and I liked the way both
father and daughter realized their mistake, it was realistic.
Here comes my
second favorite character of the book. Victor, 37, so younger than Darcy that he could be her eldest son. Handsome divorce attorney at Darcy’s
best friend’s firm, workaholic, sensitive
and romantic. He was such a
gentleman, sweetheart, and perfect marriage material, it was surprising he
never married or didn’t have life outside work. I loved him when he asked Darcy to take him as a date to her Nathan’s
wedding and his logics for it were fabulous.
characters were relatable, I could understand their feelings and emotions. I felt
like I was part of their story. Those Books
and Booze club discussion were fun to read. All members of the book club
were interesting and unique. I even loved their little stories after climax and
their discussion on Darcy’s love life. It made me want to find a book club with
regular meet to have that kind of fun.
things happened between climax and end. This portion was felt longer but
was filled with humor, drama and lots of emotions. I loved the way characters
realized their mistakes and tried to make things right between them. End was
good and fun. Another good book-to-screen kind of story. I would love to see
this as a movie.
Everything about the book was enjoyable but it was little
predictable. Sometimes characters acted childishly. Joyce telling all private
details of Darcy to everyone, Victor sharing things to Tyler before consulting
Darcy, Nathan and Tanya’s friend belittling Darcy and Victor! They were all
adults and I wished they acted accordingly.
Overall, it was entertaining, romantic and relatable chick-lit with interesting characters and their views on marriage and divorce.
Website: www.angelalamturpin.com Facebook: Author and Artist Angela Lam Twitter @authorangelalam Goodreads: Angela Lam