Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Book Review - Something Old, Something New by Darcie Boleyn - Blog Tour

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Title: Something Old, Something New
Author: Darcie Boleyn
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 16th May 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

Will you marry me…again?

When Annie Thomas agrees to give her ex away at his wedding to his boyfriend, she thinks she’ll be fine. With her three children at her side, she can handle anything. Then she finds out her gorgeous first ex-husband Evan Llewellyn is flying in from his glamorous life in New York to attend as well!

An unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship and as she stumbles through the ups and downs of life as a working single mum – helping everyone else find a happy ending along the way – Annie refuses to believe their old and incredibly hot spark can still exist.

It’s only when she and Evan are forced to face up to the past together that they’ll discover if they can have their own happily-ever-after too!

Although I thought the start of the book was nice, and perfectly pleasant, it took ages for the characters and story to really get a grip. I was still wondering if the book would ever works its magic and then I find myself welling up with tears at various places, and the emotion of various situations started to get to me. 

I think if anything this book my be a good example of "second book syndrome", it really didn't feel as good as the author's first, and I just wonder if it had been rushed a bit, as although it was enjoyable, it felt quite like a lot of other books on the market. 

However by the end I loved every person in Annie Thomas's family, from her ex husband number 1 Evan, and dad to their 17 year old Janis. I loved Dex who is Annie's second ex husband, and that his wedding to his new husband is key to the story. Dex is also father to the youngest children in the family 6 year old Henry and 4 year old Annabelle who is adorable. Add in next door neighbour Cassie, two dogs with rather unfortunate names and you have a brilliant modern family unit. 

There are many moments to raise a laugh, and some that you will just go ahhhh at. The children are all well described and you can definitely tell they seem realistic for their ages, and Janis strikes me a sensible young woman for the most part. 

The question of  course on everyone's lips is whether Annie and Evan still have anything between them, as they both seem oddly unsettled at the thought of each other dating other people. I did though find it hard at times to connect to Evan, and I am disappointed that he was the main man in this book. 

Something Old, Something New has great chapter headings, a generally light hearted feel to the story and is a fun read. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Carina for this review copy. This was my honest opinion.

Author Bio: 

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.



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