The Weekends of You and Me
This is unashamedly chick lit and it’s not too bad at all.
The Weekends of You and Me follows a couple from first meeting to ‘happily (or not) ever after’. Set in England and the Border area the story really captures of weekends spent by the couple at the family holiday home.
Quite nicely the author gives us ‘theme songs’ for each year; well-known enough for you to begin to hum it in your head as you turn the page, and therefore quite helpful at mood and time stamping. We’re also given the vehicle the trip is taken in and this too adds to the overall feeling that you know this couple quite intimately.
The characters have a routine they feel they must follow each trip so we have interactions in the car, at the Indian takeaway, on arrival, at the pub and so forth. The regular check-ins allow the reader to not have to dwell on new settings, but rather new nuances in character to allow us to gauge the temperature of the relationship and examine how it has changed since we last were there.
The writing, as one would expect, is a once over fairly lightly. It’s not going to leave you breathless with its turn of prose, but it’s not jarring either as some others in the genre can be. As with most books of the genre the storyline is fairly formulaic and you’d be a fool (or new to chick lit in general) if you can’t guess the ending well before you get there (I was there in the first chapter). The fact I read on however speaks well enough of the character development – however it must be said I do think the male protagonist a bit of, well, a jerk really… but each to their own!
This novel is fairly squarely aimed at the late 30s, early 40s reader – and its harsh look at the impact that children has on a relationship is pretty challenging. Definitely not a book for those yet to experience the ‘joy’ of child rearing – in fact you may consider this novel good birth control! Those of you through those years may enjoy a walk back down memory lane and wonder at your journey along it.
This would make an excellent airport or holiday read. The ‘seasonality’ of the chapter and locations makes it a book you can easily put down and pick up at will. It’s very easy to just read to the end of ‘the pub’ scene and put the book to sleep for the night. I’d happily recommend this book and hope that someone out there is lucky enough to win a copy of a very readable novel.
From the publishers website:
Can your final fling become your Happy Ever After?
When Jo Coulson finds herself single again in her late thirties, she finally resigns her membership to Last of the Hopeless Romantics, fully intending to tackle midlife and motherhood alone. First, she plans one legendary last fling…In walks Harry Inchbold, and the connection is electric. Passionate, unpredictable and messily divorced, Harry is the perfect antidote to cosy coupledom. Known as The Sinner, drama follows him around with a clapper board.
Harry’s favourite holiday hideaway in the wilds of South Shropshire puts the mud and fun into the perfect dirty weekend. But at the cottage Harry reveals a very different side, melting Jo’s resolve. What better combination to face an uncertain future than two cynics who have learned from their mistakes? Together they make a pact; ‘same time next year’; they can promise no more than that.
Through life’s most stressful decade, Harry and Jo return to the Shropshire hills for one weekend each year to rediscover passion and make peace. As career, family and home crises all threaten to bring them unstuck, the cottage is their glue. Here, different rules apply: the day to day world is not allowed to intrude.With Harry and Jo, however, it’s only a matter of time before rules get broken. As real life gets increasingly complicated, can they keep renewing their promise?
About the author:
Fiona Walker lives in Warwickshire with her partner and two children plus an assortment of horses and dogs.
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