Roll the diceGrace's childhood home, Chadlicote Manor, is being sold to settle family debts. Will losing her home break her heart or is it the chance for a new life?... move two spacesKaren's husband has the Manor in his sights as a chance to start over in rural paradise. But Karen prefers city living and, when a new flame turns up the heat, starting again might just meanRoll the diceGrace's childhood home, Chadlicote Manor, is being sold to settle family debts. Will losing her home break her heart or is it the chance for a new life?... move two spacesKaren's husband has the Manor in his sights as a chance to start over in rural paradise. But Karen prefers city living and, when a new flame turns up the heat, starting again might just mean the end of the road.... climb the ladderGemma is longing for a baby and, unlike her own loft apartment, Karen's house is an ideal family home. But the dream house can only have its dream baby if Gemma can convince her flakey sister to help out.... to land onUp-and-coming rockstar Nick has designs on Gemma's flat. He's also taken a shine to classy estate agent, Lucinda, but she's not all she seems - and neither is he, since he's hiding a girlfriend he's looking to ditch when the sale goes through.. . . the Love Nestwhere all their troubles come home to roost!...
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Love Nest Reviews
Grace’s childhood home, Chadlicote Manor, is being sold to settle family debts. Will losing her home break her heart or is it the chance for a new life? Karen’s husband has the Manor in his sights as a chance to start over in rural paradise. But Karen prefers city living and, when a new flame turns up the heat, starting again might just mean the end of the road.Gemma is longing for a baby and, unlike her own loft apartment, Karen’s house is an ideal family home. But the dream house can only have its dream baby if Gemma can convince her flakey sister to help out. Up-and-coming rockstar Nick has designs on Gemma’s flat. He’s also taken a shine to classy estate agent, Lucinda, but she’s not all she seems – and neither is he, since he’s hiding a girlfriend he’s looking to ditch when the sale goes through. The Love Nest – where all their troubles come home to roost!I first read Julia Llewellyn when I picked up a copy of her last book The Model Wife at the library a few years ago. Since then, Julia has’t written anything so I was excited to see on Amazon news of a 2010 book called The Love Nest I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Penguin to review, and it was with anticipation that I started the book. I really enjoyed Julia’s writing style in her previous book and the way she makes characters seem so real, and The Love Nest seemed to be based on a group of people rather than just a couple so I was really excited to see how the author would pull it off!Straight after starting the book, I was hooked. Llewellyn began the book in a way that I didn’t expect, with the introduction of probably the least prolific character in the book Grace, but it gives us a glimpse into Grace’s life and her reluctance to part with her home Chadlicote Manor. Perhaps this is the start of the chain of events that carry on through the book to do with the moving of everyone’s Love Nests, and in which case this was an excellent beginning! However, we don’t see nearly enough of Grace for the rest of the book and I would have loved to see more of her life, and perhaps a little less of the others!It was the characters of estate agent Lucinda and rock star Nick that took the main storyline thread for me. Nick is determined to split up with his girlfriend because she doesn’t suit his image, and therefore I really didn’t like him! He seemed to typify a certain section of society today that counts appearance higher than anything else, and while its a true reflection, it made for somewhat cringeyworthy scenes sometimes when he was mentally slagging off his poor girlfriend Kylie. Lucinda the other character I couldn’t stand. She was very up herself, and although her story unfolds as the book progresses, it certainly didn’t warm me to her and I wish she wasn’t as present as she was in the book. My favourite character was Karen because she felt the most realistic out of all of them, and I felt so sympathetic towards her being stuck in a situation she couldn’t see a way out of.Even though there were quite a few main characters, and consequently lots of different storylines, places and people in the book, I felt it totally easy to keep track of what was going on, who was meant to be in certain scenes and the transition between each was seamless. I was really impressed by how easily Llewellyn juggled all of the characters, and how each of them were woven into each other’s lives and how certain actions affected other people even though you wouldn’t expect it at all. I liked working out how they were all connected and I felt it was really clever of Llewellyn to do this!Relationships are at the fore front of the book, and there is something there that hopefully most readers will recognise. Perhaps housewives like me will more relate to Karen – putting ourselves last and plodding along with what everyone else wants! However, they are all believable people even if I didn’t like all of them, and you can immerse yourself easily into their lives because of Llewellyn’s fab writing style and easy narrative. She’s chosen to use third person narrative in the book which makes it far easier to juggle the many storylines, and it works perfectly.I really enjoyed reading this book, and it was a nice chunky book to get into as well. There was a lot going on, yet I didn’t have to concentrate too hard on the characters to follow them and their individual stories because they are written so well and the transtitions make it easy for the reader to keep up. It’s a well written narrative which keeps this altogether perfectly, and some interesting twists and turns along the way stop the book being predictable, and keep you wanting to read and find out more! The ending came around much quicker than I expected, and I enjoyed every single page. If you haven’t read any of Julia Llewellyn’s work before, I suggest you start here because this is a fantastic read, and recommended by me!http://chicklitreviews.com
This story starts with Chadlicote Manor going up for sale to pay Grace's family debts after the death of her mother. It charts the stories of several characters as they make plans to move homes and change their lives through homes, children and careers. Karen is a career woman but the family plan to move to the country as her husband recovers from cancer. Gemma lives with her husband in a loft apartment but is desperate for a child and a family home. Rock star Nick seeks a home to reflect his new status and also the high class estate agent Lucinda. The stories and characters intertwine as they all try to get what they want out of life.There's a lot going on within this book and it is cleverly constructed. Llewellyn weaves the stories of all the characters into the story is very well done and doesn't feel overly contrived as many "chick-lits" do. However, I found it all a bit "cold"...I didn't warm to any of the characters at all and bearing in mind how many there is across the book, that's fairly surprising. I thought the majority of them to be self-seeking, insular, fairly disagreeable people, and even if that was the intention, I personally need to feel some sort of connection or engagement for me to want to read on. I also felt that two dimensional stereotypes were over used - e.g. career woman, embarrassed by her humble beginnings has an affair with a good looking waste of space; nice but dim, fat girlfriend from the sticks. All the character's got on with the problems that they'd created for themselves, but I didn't really care how it all ended.Overall the book is well structured and cleverly managed, but due to the characterisation (and that’s maybe just me) I found the book a bit soulless and lacking in humour.
Another good read,lots of characters,was abit hard to get my head round who was who to start with but then really enjoyed the way the stories all got intertwined and felt sympathy for some but absolutely nothing for others!!!One of those books I didnt want to put down and would thoroughly recommend it!
A pretty good book told from the perspectives of a number of characters all connected like a chain due to the houses they are buying and selling. The endings for most of the characters was not what I expected and I liked that - too many books are predictable these days.
Weer te weinig boeken meegenomen op vakantie en daarom dit boek gekocht in Frankrijk. Daarom in het engels. Maar het las erg gemakkelijk. Lekker voor de vakantie. Het verhaal deed me denken aan de serie Cold Feet door de verschillende verhaallijnen die toch weer met elkaar te maken hebben.
I only carried on reading this book because I felt guilty about giving up on my last one. There really wasn't anything about it that grabbed my attention. I'll be putting the author on my "don't bother" list.
Raally loved the mix of pure funny romance, some serious topics and all kinds of relationships thrown in.I read this in just a few days, and as always enjoyed the authors writing style a lot. :)
Perfect as talking book in my car. Light but good.