Chick lit

Sunny Days and Sea Breezes by Carole Matthews


I need to preface my review that I really enjoyed Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews and that has significantly influenced my current review. If I had read it as a standalone, I would have rated it higher (maybe).

I went in with very high expectations into the story, and in the very first scene, I could feel the wind and the chill. It was an immersive experience; the location and the emotions were palpable. Our protagonist is in a very low mood: her clothes, her disinterest in her appearance only compound the effect. She is off to recover in her brother’s houseboat. This contained further enticing descriptions which had me imagining such a holiday. The town and its residents were fascinating. Although the proposed garlic farm was never elaborated on, it was entertaining to see it mentioned. Overall, the entire experience was very three dimensional, and I felt like I was watching it in person.

The writing was significant enough to maintain the feel. The story itself, however, felt a little flat. I expected both the twists thrown at us, and it was hard to accept the events (or the ensuing ‘relationship’) that occurred given what we know about Jodie’s relationship status. There is never any concrete proof of her husband’s affair before she shuts everything off. This is odd and does not gel with the image of Jodie throughout the book. Also, I am not sure how healthy her coping mechanisms towards the end were but to each their own. My favourite character (and maybe anyone who read this book) has to be Marilyn. There is a surprise in every visit and every subsequent conversation that introduces us to facets of this lovable helper.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience and my expectation from the author.

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