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Conditional Love All her life she has dreamed of a home of her own, so what s holding her back Sophie Stone, thirty something serial procrastinator, lover of Take That, Tesco knickers and tea with two sugars, rarely steps out of her comfort zoneSo when an unexpected inheritance from a great aunt she s never met forces her to meet her father, it threatens the very foundations of Sophie s worldWhat did the old lady want her to discover Was there to her parents break up than she was lead to believe Sophie will have to face some startling home truths before she can finally build a future on her own terms I was delighted when Cathy approached me to review her book as unbeknownst to her I had already downloaded my own copy and was looking forward to reading it, as from the blurb it sounded like a promising read.The book is written in a humourous style that engages you from the first page as we meet Sophie Stone expecting her boyfriend to propose on Valentine s Day, only to find he dumps her instead The book is easy to read and that is due in no small part to the skill of Cathy Bramley as she pull I was delighted when Cathy approached me to review her book as unbeknownst to her I had already downloaded my own copy and was looking forward to reading it, as from the blurb it sounded like a promising read.The book is written in a humourous style that engages you from the first page as we meet Sophie Stone expecting her boyfriend to propose on Valentine s Day, only to find he dumps her instead The book is easy to read and that is due in no small part to the skill of Cathy Bramley as she pulls you effortlessly into Sophie s life.There were times when I wanted to shake Sophie for behavinglike a seventeen year old than a thirty two year old but then she goes and does something silly that has happened to all of us, like walking around with her skirt tucked into her Tesco knickers You ll find yourelf chuckling aloud at lots of moments like this one It is stretching the reader s credulity a little though that she is so dependent on others considering that her mother has essentially abandonned her and moved to Spain, she doesn t know her father and she s living in a flatshare I did like the way that she grew during the story though and took driving lessons to becomeindependent but found her emotional naivety a bit hard to take at times.On the other hand I absolutely loved the boardroom episode and knowing that it was based on Cathy s own experience had me laughing evenNick, the architect, is incredibly well drawn too and easy to imagine as a young Doc Martin and happily Cathy has avoided making him into a stereotype The ending is a tad predictable but satisfying at the same time All in all a great effort from a debut writer about whom I m sure we ll be hearing a lotin the near future The original review was posted here she ever wanted was a place called home Nice and cozy place where she could be herself Not that Sophie didn t like her two flatmates, they were her best friends And there was Marc, with that well shaped body wrapped around her.And then, Marc dumped her On Valentine s Eve How cruel is that One letter changed everything She inherits a property from an aunt she didn t even knew she had Talk about surprises life o The original review was posted here she ever wanted was a place called home Nice and cozy place where she could be herself Not that Sophie didn t like her two flatmates, they were her best friends And there was Marc, with that well shaped body wrapped around her.And then, Marc dumped her On Valentine s Eve How cruel is that One letter changed everything She inherits a property from an aunt she didn t even knew she had Talk about surprises life offers us e But there is a condition Sophie has to meet her father who abandoned her and her mother when Sophie was just a baby.Struggling between making her dream come true, forgiving her father and not losing the trust of her mother, Sophie meets Nottingham architect Nick Cromwell A guy who can give that old bungalow a name Sophie s home.Sophie didn t seem like much of a strong character at the beginning It was all about Marc What would Marc think Oh, my God, Marc can t see me like this Marc tells me to lose weight because he cares about my health I ll tell Marc about the inheritance, he will be happy for me and he ll come back I really felt like shouting out loud Sophie, he doesn t deserve you But despite being slightly annoying at the beginning, Sophie was a very interesting character She s na ve but in a cute way, and she always seems to want to make things right She reminded me a little bit of Bridget Jones Growing up without a father, with a mother who blamed him for everything that he did and he didn t do, Sophie longs for a family, for people who will love her no matter what With a background like this, it s totally understandable she ends up in a couple of bad relationships and feels lonely most of the time.I liked her flatmates, Emma and Jess, the two sisters They were pretty down to earth and acted as Sophie s guardians They were fighting each other all the time, but they were always there when anyone of them got into trouble They were the closest thing to a family for Sophie.Let s talk about the boys I think I ve said enough about Marc I didn t like him at the beginning But, Nick, Nick was something different He believed in Sophie and her dream from the very start He loved the old buildings in town, and he fought for them with all his heart But, he had some skeletons in the closet that had to come out Is he just someone no better than Marc I thoroughly enjoyed this debut and would recommend it to every romance fan Grabbed this when it was free onthe other day, because it looked cute.Sort of a Bridget Jones like vibe to it If you enjoyed that then you ll probably like this one It s not a copycat story or anything, but it has the same sort of feel Sophie is in her early 30 s, British, feels she s a few pounds overweight, and has a piss poor lovelife Although, it s hard to feel sorry for her since it s her own fault Not the part about being British Poor thing can t help where she was born afterGrabbed this when it was free onthe other day, because it looked cute.Sort of a Bridget Jones like vibe to it If you enjoyed that then you ll probably like this one It s not a copycat story or anything, but it has the same sort of feel Sophie is in her early 30 s, British, feels she s a few pounds overweight, and has a piss poor lovelife Although, it s hard to feel sorry for her since it s her own fault Not the part about being British Poor thing can t help where she was born after allKidding Her boyfriend dumps her in the opening pages, and she spends great gobs of time trying to win him back Even though she knows he s a useless dick.He rekindles his interest in her when she informs him that she s going to inherit a house and some money And she knows that s why he s sniffing around again But she thinks she can prove to him that she s awesome or something I didn t get it I honestly can t fathom being that desperate I d rather be alone than with a douchebag who comments on my weight, and continually forgets his wallet.But..whatever I guess there are women out there somewhere who can relate I just Ugh.Her two roommates BFFs are also massive tools If I had to live with bitches that annoying, I d probably be in jail I kept waiting for the moment when Sophie would realize that these chicks were soul sucking harpies, but it never happened.So again, I couldn t relate They were obnoxious, and I would have kicked them to the curb a long time ago.Her mother was the most obvious twat in the bunch, but at least there was some amount of retribution for that toward the end Not enough, but some.The love story thing between Sophie and Nick waspretty bland.Why did they like each other anyway Boring relationships is one of the reasons I don t normally gravitate toward chick lit But if you re a fan of this genre, you ll probably have no problem with the way it all plays out.I did giggle quite a bit while I was reading, so this wasn t a waste of my time It had a cute plot, witty dialogue, and funny situations.Not bad considering this isn t what I normally go for I quickly got the impression that Sophie s love life was not very successful and found it super easy to warm to her character, I believe the comfortable style of writing was partially responsible for that Her naivety was just one of the things that made me like her so much, I enjoyed seeing how her character grew throughout the storyline and becamesure about her own life I also really liked her roommates who were sisters and very entertaining they certainly added another fun twist to t I quickly got the impression that Sophie s love life was not very successful and found it super easy to warm to her character, I believe the comfortable style of writing was partially responsible for that Her naivety was just one of the things that made me like her so much, I enjoyed seeing how her character grew throughout the storyline and becamesure about her own life I also really liked her roommates who were sisters and very entertaining they certainly added another fun twist to the book.An unexpected letter from a solicitor had the potential to change Sophie s life in a big way and I felt excited to join her as she embarked on a new chapter in her life This led to her first meeting with Nick the architect and I enjoyed this moment immensely, Nick was another wonderful character who brought a little bit of mystery to the storyline I was constantly wondering what was going through his mind For me this was a well rounded book, there were some touching moments and quite serious subjects were raised but there were also lots of funny moments, one of my favourites being Sophie s boardroom faux pas which had me laughing out loud as I was reading It was a book that I couldn t wait to get back to whenever I had other things I needed to do, I was just so keen to discover what was going to happen next This was a fun, captivating read I would love to readabout these characters

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