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Upstairs, Downstairs: UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS Paperback – October 1, 2017
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About the Author
Olivia Hart is a collective group of authors who met five years ago on a writing course and then could no longer do without each other's company. They decided to write a novel that would bind them forever.
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There are romances and secrets, drama and everyday life playing out on the page: and while it wasn’t a read in one sitting story that demanded my attention, the story was reasonably well-written, even as the multiple cut ins and out to display all the perspectives and moments was horribly distracting. It was hard to find any one character that jumped out as much or as clearly as Anita – but she also captured the most page time with her hidden romance with a Japanese man several years her elder, the return of her first love and her toxic ‘friendship’ with one of the most vapid and vindictive ‘friends’ I’ve ever met.
While I think this story would have been far more successful with less ‘input’ from the multiple characters as they competed for attention with loosely developed stories and no measurable growth, the stand out moments from the story were the immature and often overly emotional reactions from Anita – and her constant state of confusion. Perfect for a pool-side read where attention can be split between an acceptably written if not wholly engaging story and life as it happens around you.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
But with all the secrets in the past waiting to be unfold, how could they keep their precious little matter on hold?
I didn't expect Daniel's character to be mop-up from the whole picture all too soon. Reading the blurb gave me the idea or expectation that the story would be about him and Anita. But it went from a different direction that was unassuming and somehow I didn't see coming. New characters kept popping up that added a bit of the twist.
There were times I felt that the narrative was superfluous between the narrator and Pina's stating the events on her diary. Though there's a lot going on with the story, from Daniel's return to Allie's lifelong jealousy and superficial friendship with Anita, what stood out for me the most was Anita and Mizuki's romantic relationship.
Upstairs, Downstairs by Olivia Hart is a snippet of an everyday life from people who knows each other and have the sense of bond and camaraderie. I think one of the reason I got this vibe from this was that, the story was written by a total of eight authors.
This is a light quick read that went perfectly while waiting for the sunset, holding a cup of tea and eating one of those luscious slice of banana, peanut butter cake. Every character had their own spotlight moments which sometimes was a bit disjointed or confusing from the story as a whole but the humor kept it very entertaining.
***Thank to NetGalley, Aria and Olivia Hart for providing me an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review!
It make a fresh difference to the regular thrillers I have been reading lately so it allowed me to come in with a complete fresh clear mind which I love to do within genre's at times.
This is set in Rome, in an apartment with varying people, of varying ages which made for some readers 'nosy times' where you could peek into others lives.
We have Daniel who is house sharing, Anita who is around 28 years old, shes a tour guide and travels around nipping here and there on her moped.
There were likeable characters and some you didn't like so much as with your own neighbourhood.
Some very loud dramatic moments, arguments which may seem to be OTT but aren't some arguments like that anyhow? What one person finds as petty another would be really dramatic about and not stop shouting about how they feel.
Then there were the secrets.
We have some elements of romance, some witty laugh out loud moments and some 'raising your eyes to the ceiling' moments when you wanted to say "come on already".
The conversational ability was well sentenced although at time there were some things that didn't honestly need to be explained and repeated as the reader could work it out themselves I thought.
I did think this was a "busy" book with a lot going on and a lot of people, so sometimes had to reread a few pages and get my head together around it to keep it. On a downside, the thinking out loud moments that were written didn't lay easy with me, it sometimes confused me.
If the stories per person where spaced out or maybe as chaptered individually maybe that would work better to follow.
All in it was a fun read.
My thanks to ARIA for my copy via Net Galley