Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Book Review - Crazy Over You by Carol Thomas

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Title: Crazy Over You
Author: Carol Thomas
Format reviewed:  Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Troubador
Publication Date: 28th October 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

Love can drive you crazy… in more ways than one! 

When Abby met Simon, a drink in the uni bar lead to keeping in touch, late-night phone calls and intimate catch-ups. It was the start of something special, a love Abby believed would last a lifetime. 

A wedding, two daughters and fifteen years later, Abby’s world is falling apart. Having discovered Simon has had an affair, her normally ordered mind is spiralling out of control. Crushed by the betrayal and shocked by her own reaction, she knows she needs to get herself together; she’s just not sure where to start. 

She wanted all the pain and angst gone from inside her. Would meeting someone do that? She was one lone person in a world of people. Who would notice her? Nobody had in the last fifteen years. 

With Simon on a mission to win her back and a close friend hiding a secret that could push her further over the edge, Abby finds strength and support where she least expects it. But as she attempts to gain control of her life and make decisions about her future, it may be more than the limits of Abby’s mind that are put to the test! 

Crazy Over You is a refreshingly honest portrayal of a woman’s reaction to her husband’s infidelity while also being a touching story of friendship and love. It is a novel for all those who have experienced a break-up and know that living happily ever after is not quite as simple as meeting your man!

There is a lot to like in Crazy Over You, especially the sense of humuor, Abby's children (her own and the ones she teaches), and also some of the soundtrack that is mentioned at points. I had very similar tastes in music. 

For a debut novel, its witty, charming and has a good story. I did though find I was struggling to get into the story a bit, but suspect that is more to do with me, than the book itself. 

Abby has just discovered Simon, has cheated on her, and she is struggling to come to terms with it. Her emotions fly all over the place, but it takes the help of fellow teachers Melissa and Brad for her to start feeling normal again, let alone anything else. 

There was a clear chemistry between Abby and Brad, but I found I wasn't sure I was really willing them together. Can't put my finger on it, but I didn't take to Abby that much in the beginning, and even by the end had formed no real bond with her, which is a shame for a main character. 

That being said despite that I found plenty to enjoy, there are some great scenes, including abseiling, and  lingerie party, both outside of Abby's comfort zone, with some interesting reactions from her. 

You can tell that Simon really is trying his hardest to win Abby back and has some romantic gestures. Watch out for origami animals, they are more relevant than I thought when they were first mentioned. 

Overall a pleasant and entertaining book, that I enjoyed. 

Thanks to Netgalley and Troubador for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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