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The Year of Starting Over: A feel good novel about second chances and finding yourself Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07KFGL5P2
- Publisher : Bookouture (February 7, 2019)
- Publication date : February 7, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1643 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1786818108
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #509,742 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed this book. I loved the authors description of things like the furniture, and countryside just everything. I did find this dragged for me at times and was a predictable. But in this instance it was pretty much okay with me. I kept reading as I wanted to see how Holly ended up and what she managed to get done on her list. I really liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.
She does this by working through her list of things to do: some big things like live abroad, and learn a foreign language, some smaller things like sample 50 different flavours of ice cream, and ride on the back of a motor cycle. I quite liked that her list was achievable and in a way low-key, based around new experiences and overcoming her fears.
Of course Holly meets a man with some baggage and problems of his own – his ex walked out on him when he was in a terrible accident, and thought he might never walk again. I don’t quite like the fact that in fiction, recovery from an SCI (spinal cord injury) is often rather cast as sheer will and determination on the part of the patient. As someone with personal family experience of SCI, I have to say – if that was all there was to it, there would be no one in wheelchairs. Everyone, but maybe especially a young man, is desperate to walk again. Some people do the physio hard out for years, just to stand still – not deteriorate. Neural damage is neural damage.
But apart from that small caveat – which is not over-laboured at all – this is a gentle, good-hearted read. Not a great deal of dramatic tension – it’s clear quite early on which way the story is going, but there are the usual bumps in the road, mainly brought about by the main protagonists’ own reservations – ‘He’s so cute and thoughtful, it’s almost as if he loves me, but he can’t do can he? We agreed to be just friends so I can’t fall in love…’ But it’s not the sort of story you read for dramatic tension. Holly is a sweet and endearing character and I was gripped by her journey right till the end.
Perfect for curling up in an armchair by the fire, or reading on the beach.
Top reviews from other countries
I also loved the descriptions of Spain (where I was hoping to go on holiday this year but now can't).
I have read most of Karen King's books, and can definitely recommend them all, including this one.
It was fun to experience her ticking off the items on her wish list and even more fun meeting the hunky Matias - also on a mission to change his life.
I read this in a couple of sittings. A light-hearted, escapist read.