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Midsummer Dreams/Sweet Nothings Alison May

Two book reviews in one

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Midsummer Dreams

Book Blurb

Four people. Four messy lives. One night that changes everything …
Emily is obsessed with ending her father’s new relationship – but is blind to the fact that her own is far from perfect.
Dominic has spent so long making other people happy that he’s hardly noticed he’s not happy himself.
Helen has loved the same man, unrequitedly, for ten years. Now she may have to face up to the fact that he will never be hers.
Alex has always played the field. But when he finally meets a girl he wants to commit to, she is just out of his reach.
At a midsummer wedding party, the bonds that tie the four friends together begin to unravel and show them that, sometimes, the sensible choice is not always the right one.

My review

I make no apology that I like Shakespeare, but not reading the plays – seeing them as they were meant to be seen – On the stage. Not that I get much chance these days, but in my youth I was lucky enough to spend time in Stratford-Upon-Avon and that’s where I first saw this play being performed.

Therefore I was intrigued to see just how the writer, Alison May could translate such a bright, and in truth confusing story into modern day language, but she managed. I think it helped that she decided to use multiple voices, separating each by chapter or else the reader would have had no chance! What with the King and Queen of the Fairies and well as the four confused lovers I don’t thing Shakespeare ever intended for his plot to be emulated. However I’m all for the retelling of the classics, especially if they are done with both style and humour.

Well done Alison!

Sweet Nothings

Book Blurb

Would you risk everything for love?
Independent, straight-talking Trix Allen wouldn’t. She’s been in love once before and ended up with nothing. Now safely single, Trix is as far away from the saccharine-sweet world of hearts and flowers as it’s possible to be.
Ben Messina is the man who broke Trix’s heart. Now he’s successful the only thing rational Ben and free-spirited Trix see eye-to-eye on is the fact that falling in love isn’t part of the plan. But when Ben’s brother sets out to win the heart of Trix’s best friend, romance is very much in the air. Will Trix gamble everything on love and risk ending up with zero once again?
A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. First novel in the 21st Century Bard series.

My Review 

if Sweet Nothings was a movie it would be a Richard Curtis comedy with Colin Firth in the lead, I can even see that reindeer jumper!

i don’t usually give more than a four star to romances. Why? Because it’s very difficult to produce a plot or churn out characters that haven’t been churned out before – the rehashing of popular historical works has been done to death. One only has to look at the beloved works of Jane Austin to see that (Zombies indeed!)

That said this does get the five stars from me.

There are shades of genius here reminiscent of David Nicholls One Day. This isn’t because of the backwards, forwards plotting that moves the story forward in bite sized chunks with flashbacks, this is thanks purely to the delicious character of the male lead, Ben Messina. Ben is socially awkward, you know the type – he only opens his mouth to change feet! Here is a character we all love to hate. He’ll stand us up because he forgets the time, he won’t buy us flowers (only post-coital knickers), there’s no question he’ll remember our anniversary, maths professor notwithstanding. However he’ll do his best – a male lead that will, no, can only do his best – Pure genius!

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Midsummer Dreams/Sweet Nothings Alison May

  1. If anyone could do it, Alison could. The girl has style and humour in abundance. Great review! Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I just adore that cover. So beautiful and perfect for the book. 🙂 x

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