The Best Thing I Never Had


The Best Thing I Never Had

Miles and Nicky are getting married.
Unfortunately, their wedding party is a tangle of ex-housemates, ex-friends and ex-lovers.

Leigha, Sukie and Harriet used to be the best of friends.
Unfortunately, there are some things you just can’t forgive.

Adam and Harriet. They might have been something, once. But definitely not any more…

So this wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a reunion.
The Best Thing I Never Had moves back and forth between 2007 and 2012 and seven characters to build up a compelling story, in turns funny and sad, but always honest, about friendship in all its forms and the practicality of second chances.

My thought’s

Well if you have read my previous post – The Best of 2013, you will know that this book is in there. We all love a romance, a love story, a happily ever after. But you know what, sometimes life isn’t like that. When you fall into a pile of crap you don’t always come up smelling of roses. Sometimes you come up smelling of crap.

The title gave away that it wasn’t going to be your regular run of the mill romance. In fact in the tag line you will see it says, So much more than a love story, more a life story . Girls are bitches. We know that better than anyone. Sometimes people are putting on a front and sometimes we choose to trust the wrong person. That is life. That is the essence of The Best Thing I Never Had.

I highly recommend this book. Erin Lawless has done an amazing job. I am sure it wasn’t easy. There are a lot of characters in this book. Now I am going to give you a heads up. For the first, maybe, 20% of the book you might feel a bit overwhelmed. Like I said there are a lot of characters. You have to persevere though, once you get to grips with them the story flows and you won’t want to take any breaks in reading. I do love a bit of misery – makes me feel so much better about myself!! Only messing – it’s not misery, not really. It’s life!

Like I said it is one of the best books I read last year. Don’t forget to click the image at the top of the page to read the prologue!

Confessions of a Chalet Girl

confessions of a chalet girl

Holly Buchannon needs to get away from it all for a while. Herself and her best friend Pippa secure jobs ant the exclusive Swiss ski resort Verbier. Holly just wants a change of scenery but Pippa wants to snag herself a millionaire. Life has other ideas when Pippa falls in love with a penniless mechanic and is now pregnant. Faced with a choice to return home to her mother or go it alone she decides to head off to Switzerland on her own.

As soon as she gets there she realises she will never fit in. She puts on her game face and tries her best to fake it. She meets a handsome stranger who seems to be able to look into her eyes and see her soul and she instantly feels a connection to him. Turns out he isn’t going to be such as stranger after all as this fine specimen turns out to be her new boss.

Who said Ski season is cold? Certainly not Lorraine Wilson.

I was going to refer to Confessions of a Chalet Girl as the perfect light summer read, only it happens to be lashing outside. you catch my drift though, right?

If I am reading a book with the intention of reviewing it I don’t usually read other reviews first. I don’t like to be swayed one way or another before I read the book. I had no idea what to expect from it. As a novella it was like an extended short story, which in itself is a shame because I would have happily read more about Holly and Scott. Though in saying this there were no wasted words and no gaps in the story. It was a lovely book, very well written and extremely enjoyable.

I am excited though that this is only the first in a series of books set around Chalet girls so I can only hope that we don’t leave Holly & Scott’s story here but will catch glimpses of them in future books.

If you would like to read a short interview with Lorraine Wilson (given to Harper Impulse) click here.