- File Size: 2175 KB
- Print Length: 365 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0995615314
- Publisher: Nicola Clifford; 1 edition (October 21, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 21, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01L1ME222
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,925,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The first few chapters reel you in. There are snippets of Harriet’s past. It isn’t altogether clear what exactly has gone before but it keeps you hooked. The story is sad in parts. Harriet has not long lost her mum to cancer, so she’s fragile and vulnerable. Her soul seems tinged with defeat. She has to dig deep to find her fighting spirit at times and it doesn’t always appear that she’ll win. Philippe’s suffered too but in different ways and he has to find himself again.
Philippe and Harriet clash when they first meet. There are assumptions and misunderstandings aplenty. There is heartache for both of them throughout the story. They attempt to overcome many hurdles – but can they? With so many surprising twists in the story, you can’t predict how the story will end.
There is a wonderful array of characters: There’s the lovely Elspeth. She is a wise elderly guest at the hotel who strikes up a beautiful friendship with Harriet. Toby, a likeable and strong-minded little boy who has more wisdom than some adults. Greg, Harriet’s ex-boyfriend, he conjured an image of Billy Zane portraying Cal in Titanic: single-minded, selfish, and very manipulative. There’s Becky, a colleague at the hotel. Everyone has come across a Becky at least once in their life. She’s blonde, ambitious, attention-seeking, cunning, bitchy, and damn anyone in the way. In my head she looked a bit like Paris Hilton.
A character I adored was Sophie, Philippe’s younger sister. She’s a troubled soul when we are first introduced to her. She’s causing heartache for her family due to a drink problem. Yet there is something very innocent and likeable about her. Philippe and his parents try hard to help her but they know she has to want to help herself before anyone else can.
The theme of family features a lot in the story. Family isn’t always about a bloodline. It’s about belonging and becoming a family no matter who you are.
This is a fantastic and absorbing debut novel by Nicky Clifford. Clifford’s writing is grabbing, and it held my attention throughout. The characters, the setting, and the story were all written with finesse. It sounds like a cliche but I couldn’t put the book down!
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Harriet has given up her life in the UK to work as a waitress in a hotel in the Swiss alps following the death of her mother and breakdown of her relationship. While there she meets Phillipe, who has his own past issues to bear, and so Never Again begins.
I loved the Swiss setting and Nicky has encapsulated the alps, hotel and village wonderfully, totally immersing you into the surroundings. Nicky’s descriptions are vivid bringing Wengen and the Hotel Neueranfang totally to life. I was with the characters while they hiked, ate apple strudel and drank hot chocolate.
Never Again is not, however, a simple story about a holiday romance. This is a story about how life can sometimes knock you down and how you pick yourself up again.
‘The battering that life had given her recently had knocked her confidence and dimmed the spark inside that had driven her.’
I became totally absorbed in the characters to the point that I wanted at times to shake Harriet! I adored her but at the same time she infuriated me. She has a kindness and selflessness that is engaging and throughout the book I was urging her to make the right decisions and sincerely hoped everything worked out for her. Phillipe is also an interesting character and as the story unfolds I began to understand him and empathise with him. Nicky has done a great job creating all of the characters, including the characters on the periphery of Harriet’s tale.
Never Again kept me intrigued as you are kept guessing as to what has gone on for Harriet and Phillipe and the reasons for the way they are acting the way they do. The perfect amount of drama and ‘will she, won’t she?’ kept me turning the pages.
I felt the book drifted a little in the middle, however, it quickly picks up pace again towards the latter half and I soon became re-absorbed into the story.
An enjoyable read that reminds us that despite the hardships life sometimes throws at us good things can happen when you least expect them. It is full of drama, romance, great characters and a wonderful setting. A perfect escape from everyday life. A great debut novel, I look forward to reading more by Nicky in the future.
I voluntarily received an Advance Reader Copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.
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Looking forward to more books by Ms Clifford.