All I Ever Wanted
There’s no denying it, and no matter how much you hate the phrase this is total ‘chick lit’. Light, easy reading – where pretty much everyone gets a happy ending…you know perfect holiday stuff (that sadly I consume in less than 24 hours!).
All I Ever Wanted was a great wee read, I really enjoyed nearly every page. There were laugh out loud moments, happy crying, sad crying, slight hints at drama and danger, love stories – it’s all there for the reader to discover.
This novel starts with Nancy who makes a wish in haste and then lives with regret and guilt. Her parents and her aunt help to navigate her feelings whilst going through their own dramas, separation, grief, childlessness, and general adult things. Whilst not much of the book is told form Nancy’s perceptive, it really all centres on her. We hear mostly from her mother and her aunt. This relationship is explored delightfully and we discover more about who each character is as the novel progresses.
This is not (nor is it intended to be) a life changing novel; but it is a genuinely light hearted tale where everyone gets what they deserve, the characters are nicely balanced (if a bit cliché), the setting is typical small town England with a touch of London; It’s not one of those novels where you feel like a friendship has been severed at the turn of the last page but one where you leave the novel feeling happy and satisfied.
If you’re looking for some summer reading by the pool, on the sand or perhaps given the weather here as I write this, under the covers with a cup of tea then this would be a good place to start.
About the Author
Lucy Dillon was born in Cumbria. She won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Novel of the Year Award in 2010 for Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts, and is the bestselling author of four other novels: The Ballroom Class, Walking Back to Happiness, The Secret of Happy Ever After and A Hundred Pieces of Me. Lucy now divides her time between London and the Wye Valley where she enjoys walking in the Malvern Hills with her basset hounds, Violet and Bonham. You can follow her on Twitter @lucy_dillon or on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/LucyDillonBooks.