Two different strands here, so lovers of alternative and queer transgressive fiction pop to below the review, lovers of a gentle romance stick with the review and lovers of both, enjoy the juxtaposition!

So I will admit to hopping forward a bit through the TBR (just a bit; you can see this novel about four in from the left!) to pick off an easy book after some quite challenging ones. Debbie Macomber can be relied upon to provide a decent story with some twists and turns but no huge challenges, and that’s just what you need sometimes, isn’t it.

Debbie Macomber – “If Not For You”

(22 November 2017)

Music teacher Beth and bearded, tattooed senior mechanic Sam don’t exactly hit it off when they’re force to meet by friends. But then Beth’s in a bad accident and Sam keeps her company in hospital, and they find they have more in common than they thought.

As a full-length novel, this was a bit long for the material: it would have worked well in one of her two-stories-in-one-volume arrangements with less padding. There was quite a lot of repetition and recapping that wasn’t really necessary. However, I liked the theme of Beth spending time in hospital and rehabilitation and this was believable, and caring, good-with-kids Sam was a good hero. This is also part of the “New Beginnings” series, so you find out what happened to a few of the characters from the earlier novels. I also liked the way it was Sam who felt he had to change his appearance – nicely done when there are so many women transforming themselves stories.

Competition reminder!

Just a reminder that you have a chance to win one of these fantastic books from Lethe Press – just pop over to the original post (please, not this one, or I will Become Confused, and we don’t want that, do we!) and comment to be in with a chance. I will pick the winners on Sunday and contact you for your addresses then. Good luck!


I’m currently reading Dean Karnazes’ “Run: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss” (he’s a very different runner to me (obviously, but also in liking pain!) but the stories are good) and Charles Thomas’ “Exploration of a Drowned Landscape: The Archaeology and History of the Isles of Scilly” which is a large and fascinating book – I’m over half way through and up to the coming of Christianity to the Isles now. Good books both and I’ll hopefully have some more time with them tomorrow.

How’s your September reading shaped up? I haven’t read as much as I’d hoped, I have to admit.