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  • Loved This Book

    Oh my! This was my first Jules Wake book and it was such a refreshing change from all those thrillers. I adored this book and all the characters in it. It seemed so real and true to life. The book put a smile on my face and it is such a lovely story without being too saccharin. These characters have flaws and problems. BUT they also have each other and lots of love. I felt so bad for the little girls in this book. (Poppy 10 and Ava 6) Their mother has abandoned them to their single, childless aunt so she can go on a yoga retreat with the new boyfriend. Sheesh! Selfish much!? But Auntie Claire rises to the occasion with the help of the lovely, spry yet elderly Hilda and the hunka hunka burning love, Ash. Over the course of putting a park run together they each learn that being happy together is what makes a family and that community matters. I will be checking out the author's other books, the 350+ pages of this one just flew by!

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  • Great read

    This is a very enjoyable character led book about two high achievers who both find themselves struggling to adapt when they find themselves adrift due to being forced to take time off work until a chance encounter with a larger than life but also purposeless elderly lady sparks a campaign to set up a park run in their local park. I really liked the characters, I wasn’t keen on Claire initially however she definitely grew on me as she faced the challenges thrown at her however the indomitable Hilda was my favourite character by far especially with her tales from the past and her don't take no for an answer attitude. I think the story evolved really well with the characters as both lost their hard edges along the way and it made for a very heartwarming read which felt like it took no time to read as I became so engrossed.

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  • Beautiful story of love and friendship

    This is an amazing book full of love, laughter and tears. The main character, Claire, is a hardworking woman whose career is her one and only focus in life. She works late everyday and on Saturdays and Sundays, not giving herself a chance to relax, take care of herself or have any kind of a social life. When Claire, literally, runs into a hot and handsome man on the way to work she realizes she may need to spice up her life. While she has an exceptional hot date he then disappears. Her sister suddenly decides she needs to get away for a retreat to India and Claire finds herself taking care of her two nieces. What ensues is plenty of mess ups while she tries to get a grip on taking care of children and straightening out her priorities. One day she meets a feisty little old lady in the park that plows her way in to Claire’s life bringing along that hot and handsome man. The story from here becomes a wonderful mixture of laughs, heart ache, tears and joy. The author created characters that are far from perfect which makes them easy to like and to cheer on through their many hardships. The town it takes place in was described in a way I could see the characters walking down the street or running through the park. To me this is a sign of a well written book when I can easily picture the characters and places. I found myself laughing out loud at many of Hilda’s antics (the little old lady). She is just an amazing character and I wished I knew her in real life, She is what every woman wants to be when they are a senior citizen, feisty, out going, loving and fearless. The storyline went from what appeared to be a steamy romance into a serious and emotional story of family, friendship and love. I couldn’t put the book down and read it into the wee hours of the night. At times I was angry and more than Once I was in tears but this was quickly balanced by the joy and happiness I felt as the story ended. I was pleasantly surprised by this book as it wasn’t what I expected at all. If you like a book that brings out many different emotions and has great characters then you really need to read this book. It left me smiling and with a feeling if contentment, a thoroughly enjoyable book. I would like to thank NetGalley and Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter for the opportunity to read this ARC. I would also like to thank the author Jukes Wake for writing this lovely book. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

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  • A fun, lovey read!

    This was a fun read. I loved getting to know all the characters, and it hit just the right notes to make all characters real, but lovable. This novel is about friendship, romance, and family, and helps a reader remember to take time to smell the roses...and maybe join a park run! There were maybe two parts in the plot when I thought events felt a bit disjointed or unlikely, but not enough to pull me out of the narrative. "Last night, after everything had been done, the three of us had snuggled on the new sofa under velvety soft blankets and watched the Dragon Prince, which, despite claiming it was too young for her, seemed to have absorbed Poppy just as much as Ava. Another memory to be stored in the fabric of the house for as long as it was mine." 4/5🌟s!

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  • This story will lift you up (and get your moving!)

    This was my first read by this author and I must say I was thoroughly delighted! I love stories set in the UK and this book had everything I love about this setting. I'd have to say that this is slightly more women's fiction than romance. It's Claire's journey back to health - both mental and physical - and a rediscovery about who she is and what her priorities should be/are. And that's the heart of the story. Claire's developing friendships, the relationship that blossomed with her nieces in her care, and her new hobby that turns into so much more. While her connection to Ashwin is there (and is a bit steamy at the beginning), that takes a backseat to the rest of her story. I loved that Claire was able to take her lists and level-headedness and applied them to smaller every day tasks. Did it always work? Of course not, which showed the struggle of single moms everywhere. When she learns to ask for help I was thrilled for her. It really does take a village to raise a child. The secondary and tertiary characters were all delightful - with the exception of her sister. Vastly different personalities, and distinct voices. Sometimes I'd feel as though there might be a bit of hand-waving coincidences, but in a small community there truly are connections that we might not be aware of if we choose to remain on the outskirts. For the ending, I would have liked a bit more about Claire's parents. Not that it would be easy for them with wanting to keep peace with both their daughters, but surely they'd have had SOME kind of reaction to what Alice did. It was great that Claire confronted Alice, but did anything truly change there? Also, I would have liked to know more about Ash's job. He saw the problems his hours caused, but - again - there was a bit of hand-waving over this conflict. Overall, however, this was a heartwarming story. I look forward to catching up on the author's backlist, and whatever tale she weaves next.

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