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Book Review: An Unextraordinary Life
When I was offered the chance to do an honest review of An Unextraordinary Life by the author I jumped at the chance, this Corpse Bride is getting married in a few weeks and feeling romantic!
Few people know this, but I like the odd romance, mostly of the quirky variety! When I was offered the chance to review this paranormal romance I was ecstatic to get the chance to read a romance with a difference.
When Tess unexpectedly bumps into Jack one cold day in March, her world is quite literally turned upside down. Can she make a new life for herself with Jack, based on how happy they were in the past? Or does she need to make a new start and find love in the arms of her new work colleague, Rob? The path of true love never does run smoothly.
Meet Tess, a woman who is still in love with her husband, who died five years ago.
Meet Jack, the ghost, who wants to make Tess happy again.
Finally there’s Rob who wants to win Tess’s heart.
Who will she choose?
For the reader who loves a quirky romance this suited my tastes. The cover art of a shadowed couple in the sunset sets the tone for the book perfectly.
Since Tess’s husband died five years ago, she has buried herself in books and is not living life to the fullest. Tess is a lively, realistic character and she has my dream job, she reads books for a living! The pain that Tess, the main character is going through at the beginning is vivid and heartbreaking. This was a good contrast against her happier feelings later in the story.
The entrance of new man Rob and the return of Jack (her dead husband) throw Tess’s life into turmoil, what ensues is a bittersweet romance with a ghostly twist. At no point was I sure exactly who Tess would choose and it left me guessing until the book’s climax. This is not your ordinary romance. The story is as much about making the most of one’s life as a love story. I was rooting for Tess all the way through to make the right decision.
My favourite part of this book was the relationship between the two main male characters. I don’t want to spoil this for other readers so I’ll leave it at that! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too!
The only downside to this book for was the budding romance between Rob and Tess seemed slightly rushed. That part of the book left me wanting for more. That’s the old romantic in me, I guess!
I adored the last chapter in the book. It is utterly beautiful and rounded off this bittersweet, quirky romance perfectly and left me with a warm and fuzzy happy feeling. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for an extraordinary romantic tale.
Jo Hollywood is a Freelance copywriter, columnist on several Regional British newspapers and blogger with Huffington Post UK. She has published 3 non-fiction works aimed at parenting children on the Autistic spectrum, based upon her experiences as a mother of an autistic son. An Unextraordinary Life, a paranormal romance story, is Jo‘s first published work of fiction. Jo gained a BA(Hons) English Literature and Drama with Theatre Studies, Today Jo lives in Lancashire with her husband of 18 years and their two young sons. When she is not busy writing, she likes to take her boys to the local museums, cafes, cinema, the Lake District and lots of playgrounds.She also drinks a lot of coffee.