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  • A Delightful Début

    Rachel Marks' début novel, Saturdays at Noon is a delightfully quirky and unique story about an anger management group that Emily and Jake attend. It is a wonderfully moving tale encompassing marriage, family, parenting, autism, friendship and change. Emily, a confrontational, brittle and self-destructive young woman, and Jake, colossally struggling with his autistic six-year-old son Alfie, meet at their anger management classes every Saturday at noon. Between them, Emily, Jake and Alfie take the reader on a journey filled with so many heartrending but also delightful moments. I was lured into this fabulous story by Rachel Marks' entertaining dialogue and her well drawn and compelling if perhaps, less than perfect characters. I loved that all of the players in this book had their own distinctive voices. There was so much depth to this thought-provoking read; it was very cleverly written, full of sharp observations, as well as being incredibly realistic. Both the plot and the characters totally captured my heart. This story remained joyous and uplifting, and what also worked so wonderfully for me was the gratifyingly subtle and gentle humour threaded through parts of the story. Funny, profoundly moving and highly recommended! I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from Penguin UK via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • Refreshing

    This was a surprisingly compelling read with three extremely strong characters in Emily, Jake and Alfie. Jake is a very frustrated dad who struggles to cope with his son Alfie and is only attending anger management to placate his wife, Alfie just doesn’t understand why people don’t do what they say and follow his rules, Emily seems to want to keep the world away yet she forms an unlikely friendship with Alfie. To the world Emily and Alfie probably seem like misfits yet together they both bring out the best of each other. Although the book is based around anger management sessions the focus is very much on Emily, Jake and Alfie and the development and understanding between the three characters is what makes this such a solid read, it’s full of heart and empathy and Alfie is phenomenal. This is a fantastic debut and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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  • Saturdays at Noon

    An interesting and well researched topic with a good support story. Easy to read.

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  • Thoughtful fiction

    The people in the book -and the developing storyline - are great. I enjoyed the style with each chapter being told from the perspective of one of the three main characters. I loved this book!

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