A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Linsey James

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                 A season of second chances

aljIt’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…

But this season is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!

Whatever the answer, this is going to be a feeling she never forgets… watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!

 

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Didn’t hit the right buttons for me …  3startr

 

I was really looking forward to a funny, romantic read after the black-ops thriller which was my last read, but I felt quite let down by this novel. Although there is a bit of romance, it’s not that which leads the story, nor the characters but more the body issues which take star billing. Whilst it’s an okay read, it feels as though that’s what’s at the heart of this one, not the romance.
Due to this, some of it was fairly predictable. I would have enjoyed it more if I had chosen to read it as a self help book, but it just didn’t make the grade, for me, as the fun romance it’s billed as. Several times I wasn’t sure if the timeline was right either. And, to top it all, MY PET HATE! Although I don’t hold the author responsible for this, the book finished at 93% to allow a glimpse of the next one.
Although it’s a nice enough read, it didn’t push my buttons and I wouldn’t be inclined to recommend it. Back to the drawing board would be my advice.
I received an arc via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: eating disorders, self-help, romance

 

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