Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Just The Way You Are by Lynsey James

What They Say:

Dear Ava,

How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart?
Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can't remember the last time she had a second date. It's a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.
Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two - she's in love with someone else. Someone she's never even met.
It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer…but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken.
Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she's determined to unmask Mr Writer...and find out once and for all if he's Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong!

What I Say:

I would like to thank Carina for approving me to read this on book on NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I would also like to thank Jenny (Neverland Blog Tours) for allowing me to be part of this tour.

When I saw that fellow blogger Lynsey had been signed up with Carina, I immediately downloaded this book from NetGalley, after all we should support all new writers.

This is a credible debut from Lynsay, even thought the lead Ava was a little bit immature for my reading taste (I'm turning into a grumpy old woman), the plot was a little unbelievable in parts, why would you still love someone who sent you love letters six years ago and when you arranged to meet he didn't show up and broke your heart?  

Regardless of this I carried on reading and I did guess quite a bit of the story from the beginning, this didn't put of me of the book as there were other elements of the book I really enjoyed, especially the part about the older couple that haven't seen each other in fifty years.

When reading this I woud sigh with happiness along with wanting to throw my kindle across the room in exasperation at some of the characters.

For me the big plus of this book really is Lynsey's writing, although I didnt connect with the main character, Lynsey's writing is really great and I look forward to reading more from her in the near future.

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Author Bio:

Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey's not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she's daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they're meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

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  1. Aw, it's a shame you didn't connect more with the main character and that the story wasn't as surprising as it might have been. Still, it's neat to see authors d├ębut with solid books and know that they will probably only get better as they continue publishing stories!

    1. Maybe it's just how I'm feeling at the moment, but I will say Lynsey's writing is great and look forward to reading more from her x