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Crazy Over You: Love can drive you crazy... in more ways than one! Paperback – January 14, 2016
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Carol Thomas is a Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University.
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As soon as the story begins, Carol Thomas gets right to the nitty-gritty. Late at night with only her thoughts and the internet for company, it becomes quite clear that Abby is more than a little obsessed with searching out the woman her husband had an affair with. But I, as well as Abby, knew that the late-night internet sessions were getting rather out of hand, and it was time for her to try and let go of the hurt and the pain, no matter how hard it may have proved to be. Although the premise of Crazy Over You by Carol Thomas may have been used plenty of times before, I felt that there was something unique about this story. Through the use of internet forums, finding other people who had been through the same thing, and inspirational quotes scribbled into her notebook, Abby begins to find her way forward and realises that perhaps it's not the end of her after all...
Warm, witty and amusing, Abby's journey towards figuring out a path was a wonderful story, one full of entertainment, blossoming companionship and the revealing of some pretty surprising truths. Alongside Brad, who admits that he is more than willing to pick up the slack from Simon, and who is also utterly cheeky and charming, Abby takes on brand new challenges and opportunities which end up highlighting a version of herself that she never even knew existed. It was heart-warming to say the least, and Carol's writing opened up Abby to the reader on a much deeper level. I adored seeing the transformation in Abby's character, loved watching her become this stronger woman as she went at life with both hands and, for the first time, threw caution to the wind. She'd had her heart broken and Carol handed me those emotions perfectly. I felt torn for Abby, because whenever Simon made an appearance in this novel, it was quite clear that he had been the love of her life. As their history was told to me in the most tender of ways, I could almost feel the shock of the betrayal. It was agonising, and I wanted nothing more than for Abby to get through it. Though the road ahead of her was rocky and full of pot-holes, I felt that if she got her thoughts into order, she'd be more than capable of making it to the other side. Carol's creation of Abby's character was brilliant, I felt incredibly close to her and wanted nothing but the best to go her way.
Overall, I really enjoyed Crazy Over You by Carol Thomas. Written so honestly and open, Carol has done a fantastic job of revealing the inner-workings of broken-hearted Abby to the reader. With an entertaining group of characters accompanying her along the way, it was fun, heartfelt, and packed with amusing shenanigans that really put Abby to the test. I was anticipating the ending and was kept wondering how Carol would close Abby's story, because I really didn't know which direction she'd take. I was kept guessing and loved it.
Becca's Books is awarding Crazy Over You by Carol Thomas with four stars! A gorgeous story full of hope, strength, and marching onwards, no matter what knocks you down along the way. I'd like to thank the author Carol Thomas, for providing me with a copy of Crazy Over You in exchange for a fair and honest review.
It's not all doom and gloom. In between the counselling sessions and the "self-torturing questions", there is laughter. Carol Thomas has a great sense of humour. I loved the girlie sex party, the beauty salon Prrrrimp (and its owner) and as the pace picked up and the story developed, I found I couldn't wait to read what happened next. Always a good sign. The sex is well written too! And, if we're honest, ladies, we've all been tempted by someone like Brad...(no spoilers). This is a great debut novel and I look forward to Carol's next book, to be published this April.
When Abby met Simon, it was the start of something very special, a lifetime of happiness, love and trust. Fifteen years later and Abby's normally ordered life is spiraling out of control after discovering that Simon has had an affair. Crushed by the betrayal and shocked by her own reaction Abby knows she needs to get herself together. With the support of her friends, Abby attempts to gain control of her life and make some important decisions about her future.
Life threw Abby one huge curve ball that sparked a journey to self-discovery mixed with real challenges and surprising love interest. There is definitely lots of ups and downs along the way for Abby Turner before she makes some important decisions about her family.
As I started to read Abby's story, I felt like being instantly transported into her world, watching her almost losing control of her life after her husband's infidelity. I so wanted to reach inside the pages and give Abby a big warm hug. Abby is portrayed as an everyday woman, mother, and a friend. She has a beautiful family and a great job working as a teacher. Shall we say Abby's life is perfectly happy until one day she discovers secret messages on he husbands phone?
Abby and Simona have built their family on love and trust but when the trust is broken Abby has a hard time finding the light at the end of the tunnel. Abby's mind is swallowed up by angst, raw emotions and obsessiveness to know every tiny detail about her husband's affair. I felt for Abby, and I can even fathom I hard it must have been for he to deal with such a blow to her confidence as a wife.
Rather unexpectedly Abby finds strength and support from her work colleagues Melissa and Bradley.
Melissa takes it upon herself to show Abby how to have fun again, taking her shopping/ primping ( there are some funny scenes involved a "Prrrimp Your Hide" salon and a waxing session) and inviting her to her wedding. Melissa's wedding could be a step too far for Abby, but nevertheless she decides to go alone to her work colleague/ friend's wedding.
Bradley is there to let Abby forget the difficult situation she is facing at home and help her rediscover some spark in her life. I really liked Bradley, his meltingly gorgeous personality was utterly compelling to me. ( I was secretly hoping Brad would win Abby over at the end).
Then there is the cheating husband, Simon Turner. I dislike Simon's character because the way he consciously destroyed his family by having an affair. As the story progressed, I learned more about Simon and grew to accept him. But he still does not get my "reading affection"! I understood why he was trying very hard to rebuild his wife trust and bring his family together again. Although I think that there isn't enough flowers and other gifts that would rub out the dark thoughts lurking in the back Abby's mind. Forever.
Even thought the storyline centers around Abby, there were plenty of other beautifully developed characters like Abby's mother Eleanor, older sister Kennedy and Abby's university friend Rachel (who I had my suspicion about). They all added charm and diversity to the plotline.
My Round Up
As I stated at the beginning of my review, Crazy Over you is a fantastically written story. Heartbreaking as well as heartwarming. It covers family issues, love, romance and friendship that the author delivers with such a care and an intrigue. If this is Carol Thomas debut I can't wait for her next book.
The writing is effortless and smooth. The characters are genuine, strong, compassionate, and lovable. And the plot is an engaging, emotional tale that uses a past/present style to give good depth and understanding to the personalities, relationships, and motivations within it.
Crazy Over You is, ultimately, a story about secrets, heartbreak, infidelity, betrayal, friendship, family, love, forgiveness, and self-discovery. It is a well written, pensive novel by Thomas that ended a little differently than I expected but was nevertheless surprisingly satisfying.
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