I am thrilled to be today’s stop on Sue Shepherd’s Love Them and Leave Them blog tour! 🙂 Many thanks to Emma Mitchell for the opportunity to join in and to Sue Shepherd for my kindle copy of this lovely book.
Publisher: Corazon Books (27th September 2016)
Love Them and Leave Them is very cleverly written!
Have you ever sat and wondered how different your life might be if you’d changed one decision, even a small one? I’m sure you must have at some point. I know I have!
In Love Them and Leave Them we get to know Jessica/Jessie as she leads two very different lives. Lives which take very different paths based on a split decision her Dad makes one night, whilst driving in the rain.
Jessica has always wanted to be a barrister. She starts work for a reputable law firm and wins her first case. She has a very close relationship with her parents and younger brother, who are very proud of her achievements. She has been with her loving boyfriend, Nick, for some time and she’s keen for them to buy their own house together. She has it all really, but Nick seems to be holding back for some reason and she can’t figure out why. They argue one night and she goes out with her friend feeling upset and annoyed and makes the biggest mistake of her life. What she didn’t know at the time was that this mistake would lead to her whole life falling apart around her.
Jessie misses her Dad. He was killed in a car crash, in the rain, whilst swerving out of the way of a rabbit in the road. Their lives have never been the same since. Jessie had always dreamed of being a barrister, but put off going to University, given the circumstances, and currently works in Luigi’s Italian restaurant. She doesn’t love it, but she gets on well with her colleagues, especially her best friend, Coco. She is very close to her mother and younger brother. They are always there for each other. Jessie has been seeing Chris for almost a year, although he makes no attempt to commit to her. She doesn’t even know when she’s likely to see him, he just turns up to collect her from work, when he requires her company. She know it’s not ideal, but she can’t help being drawn to him. He has a way about him that’s hard for her to resist. Hard for her best friend to resist also, it seems! Jessie suffers the ultimate betrayal when she finds out Coco and Chris have been sleeping together. She has no choice but to quit her job and try to delete the both of them from her life. Easier said than done though. In the meantime, Jessie meets Nick, her knight in shining armour who rescues her from a man shouting and screaming at her for driving too slow. She never likes driving in the rain since her Dad died. Nick soon puts the man in his place and Jessie is immediately drawn to him and a friendship soon blossoms.
I loved how the same characters are involved in both versions of Jessica’s life, but in very different ways. It goes to show that people who are meant to be a part of your life, will be at some point, no matter what happens. Also, some things are inevitable, no matter what.
There are many twists and turns in this story, but all are easy to follow and despite Jessica having two different lives, the story flows beautifully. The characters are (mostly) very likeable. I cared about them, I felt their pain and I hoped for their happiness. I highly recommend.
This is the first book I’ve read by Sue Shepherd, but it certainly won’t be the last.
Many thanks to Sue Shepherd for my kindle copy.
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Love Them and Leave Them: Sometimes you have to leave the one you love … sometimes you’re the one who’s left behind. The new heartwarming and heartbreaking romantic comedy from the No.1 bestselling author of Doesn’t Everyone Have a Secret?
“… a lovely novel that may get you thinking ‘what if’ … in your own life.” Rachel’s Random Reads.
On his way home, Ed makes a split-second decision that changes the lives of all those who love him.
Six years on, Ed’s daughter, Jessie, is stuck in a job with no prospects, her dreams never fulfilled. It will take more than her unreliable boyfriend, Chris, and temperamental best friend, Coco, to give her the confidence to get her life back on track.
But what if Ed had made another decision? It could all have been so different …
Six years on, Ed’s daughter, Jessica, has a successful career, loving boyfriend, Nick, and a keen eye on her dream home. But when new clients, a temperamental Coco, and her unreliable boyfriend, Chris, walk into her life, Jessica’s perfect world soon starts to unravel.
Love Them and Leave Them is a story of love, families, friendship and a world of possibilities. Whichever decision Ed makes, the same people are destined to come into his daughter’s life, sometimes in delightfully different ways. And before they can look forward to the future, they will all have to deal with the mistakes of the past.
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About Sue Shepherd…..
Sue Shepherd writes contemporary romance and enjoys creating novels with heart, laughs and naughtiness. She doesn’t pull any punches when choosing her subjects, but manages to handle her characters’ challenging situations with sensitivity and humour. Her debut novel, Doesn’t Everyone Have a Secret? was published by Corazon Books in March 2015. It reached the top 10 UK Kindle chart, and also topped the romantic comedy, contemporary romance and humour charts. It became available in paperback on Amazon in November 2015.
Sue’s second novel, Love Them and Leave Them, was published in September 2016.
Sue lives on the picturesque Isle of Wight with her husband, two sons and a standard poodle. Her passions in life are: her family, writing, the sea-side and all the beautiful purple things her sons have bought her over the years. Ask Sue to plan too far in advance and you’ll give her the heebie-jeebies and she’d prefer you not to mention Christmas until at least November!
I’m so jealous that you live on the Isle Of Wight, Sue! Love it there. We spent an amazing two weeks there in August last year. I wish it was closer so we could visit more often.
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