Day Three of Avon Books Week and it's all about Bryony Fraser's debut Sunshine on a Rainy Day. I am thrilled to be able to share my review with you and as usual there is a chance to win a copy of her book.
I know the saying goes that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but just how pretty is this one?! I love the simplicity of it wit the white background and the different coloured raindrops. Just beautiful.
Sunshine on a Rainy Day is Zoe and Jack's story. They have just got married, but are now discovering that marriage really isn't for them. Pretty bad timing and they can't get divorced for a year, meaning that they are going to have to live with each other until then, as neither are willing to move out of their flat. With tempers rising, Zoe's three sister's interfering and Jack's best friend trying to get them back together, misunderstandings become more frequent, it's a wonder how they are going to survive the year! But is all well and truly lost?
Even though this story has sad undertones, Bryony has still managed to keep this quite lighthearted and on occasion I did I find myself laughing out loud. Also despite not particularly liking the way that Zoe treated Jack sometimes and the whole horrible mess she had got them in, I could not help but like her. OK granted I liked her more as the story went on, as initially she didn't give a great impression, but I certainly didn't dislike her. She was funny and actually a really nice person and when we get little flashbacks leading up to the 'dreaded' wedding day, we can see how Zoe who 100% didn't want to get married ends up getting married with disastrous consequences. These little flashbacks were great and you get to see how Jack and Zoe got together.
I actually quite liked how this story gets you looking at your own relationships and how you shouldn't take things for granted, but also need to think about what you really want. I also loved how Bryony has basically managed to say that despite the underlying pressures of society, you do not have to get married to have your happily ever after! Surrounding the main aspect of this story, it was filled with great supporting characters and their own side stories, like Zoe's friend Liz, her three sisters and Jack's Mum and Dad. I think it was these stories that made the story more enjoyable and actually added to it I think. I like to get to know as much about each character as I can, so this was a real plus for me.
A bit anti-rom com, but still lighthearted and enjoyable.
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