Book Review: Where Rainbows End & The Dish

imageWhere Rainbows End – Cecelia Ahern
Series: N/A
Published: 2013, Chicken house (first published in 2010)
Genres: Contemporary/Romance
Pages: —
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought

Since childhood, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But they’re suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America. Their magical connection remains but can their friendship survive the years and miles?
Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart – until now. But will they gamble everything – including their friendship – on true love? And what twists and surprises does fate have in store for them this time … ?

My Thoughts:
So I started this and was immediately struck by the format – letters. I wasn’t expecting it (not sure if that’s just ignorant on my part or not…) and I wasn’t a fan to begin with. The story was told through letters, emails, chat rooms, instant messages and possibly more ways but they’re all the ones I remember!

We meet Rosie and Alex at 5 years old and their note making is of course childish and doesn’t really tell a story. As they grow however, the letters get more detailed and at times I completely forgot I was reading conversations. I thought the writing was brilliant with how a coherent story was told through the eyes of so many people and in these different formats. I still managed to imagine the places described, I got each character’s personality and I felt like I was immersed in the world.

Rosie and Alex are best friends, and their lives get turned upside down when Alex moves from Ireland to America. Where Rainbows End follows them as they grow up, still talking and leading separate lives. Many times I just got so annoyed with the both of them, but this made the story more realistic to me. It showed how life can just get in the way, and long-distance relationships can mean miscommunication at times. I just really loved following their relationship over the years and seeing how they changed. I thought it was going to be a typical romance story, but it just had so much more. So many emotions! 4/5

Definitely looking forward to watching Love Rosie now, and I’m hoping it did the book justice!

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imageThe Dish – Stella Newman
Series: N/A
Published: 2015, Headline Review
Genres: Contemporary/Romance
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Review Copy

Love is on the menu. With a side order of lies.
When Laura Parker first crosses forks with Adam Bayley, she’s only after one thing: his custard doughnut. But when she takes a closer look she sees a talented, handsome man who outshines the string of jokers she’s been dating. There’s just one problem. Adam’s job means Laura has to keep her job as restaurant critic for The Dish, a secret. Tricky for someone who prides herself on honesty.
Can the truth be put on ice long enough for love to flourish? And how can you expect your boyfriend to be honest if you’re not quite telling the truth yourself?

My Thoughts:
From the beginning of this book I was hooked. The idea of a food critic drew me in to begin with, but Laura’s voice really had me. She was funny, sarcastic and just someone I felt I could have been friends with. I just loved her personality.

I really enjoyed how the paper was integrated into the story, and we saw the process of putting papers together (sort of). That sort of thing really interests me… One of my life goals is to work in editorial!

The storyline was good. I wouldn’t say it was really ‘different’ from what I’ve read before, but I thought it was written and developed well enough that I didn’t feel like I’d read a similar story. A couple of other story lines worked really well to bring everything together.

I don’t feel like I have much more to say besides read it! I did really enjoy The Dish. 4/5

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