Chick lit

Life’s What You Make It by Siân O’Gorman

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This was an unexpected book. Everything from the writing to the turns the story took or even who the lead character’s partner was to be left me guessing. The last part was resolved earlier than the other things. I enjoyed this book as I sat down to read in a few short sittings.
When I started the story, it seemed like I would be getting a familiar but well-written story of a woman finding herself. This was better than that. Liv has a tough life which she endures on a daily basis to the best of her ability. She is a wiz as a personal assistant to a woman who sounds scary, to say the least. In a twist of fate, when her mother needs her the most, she is given a paid vacation to take immediately. She heads home to help and bask in the familiarity of friends and sights of her younger years. The most realistic part of the book was Liv’s stubbornness held on to her London life, even as all evidence pointed that she was better off elsewhere. She had made the decision years ago, and her ego would not let her cave. This is how most people in the real world operate, and it translated well to the character in the book.
The complications of a close-knit town are not far behind, and the nicer people in the cast rally around to help Liv find a new path forward. A couple of romances are thrown into the mix, some slow and others quicker to become something. Overall, it is a satisfying read, with vibrant characters and lovable relationships, which I would recommend to other readers of the genre.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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