Mini Reviews #6 It Was Only Ever You & The Walls

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And here I am again with two very different books that managed to keep me addicted despite not falling in love with them.

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Set in late 1950s Ireland and New York, the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven. Set, like Maeve Binchy’s early bestsellers, in late 1950s Ireland and New York, this is the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven. Patrick Murphy has charm to burn and a singing voice to die for. Many people will recognise his talent. Many women will love him. Rose, the sweetheart he leaves behind in Ireland, can never forget him and will move heaven and earth to find him again, long after he has married another woman. Ava, the heiress with no self-confidence except on the dance floor, falls under his spell. And tough Sheila Klein, orphaned by the Holocaust and hungry for success as a music manager, she will be ruthless in her determination to unlock his extraordinary star quality.

When I decided to read It Was Only Ever You, I knew it wasn’t exactly my kind of book, but I fell in love with the cover, and Ireland and NY are two of my favorite scenarios, so I was quite excited anyway. This was an enjoyable book featuring three different women who live in New York -under different circumstances- and their relationship with Patrick, a popular Irish singer who has just arrived in the city. The writing was gorgeous and evocative and I could picture myself in New York in the 50s. The dresses, the dances… Although I obviously don’t share that era’s obsession with getting married 😉

However, as much as I enjoyed the setting, I confess I never liked Patrick or Rose and I only really cared for Ava, so I wasn’t especially invested in the romance part. I believe It Was Only Ever you was an interesting and solid read, but it won’t be a story that I remember forever.

ARC, Head of Zeus, 2017

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Working on death row is far from Kristy Tucker’s dream, but she is grateful for a job that allows her to support her son and ailing father. When she meets Lance Dobson, Kristy begins to imagine a different kind of future. But after their wedding, she finds herself serving her own life sentence—one of abuse and constant terror. But Kristy is a survivor, and as Lance’s violence escalates, the inmates she’s worked with have planted an idea she simply can’t shake. Now she must decide whether she’ll risk everything to protect her family.

The Walls had an extremely intriguing blurb, so I, of course, wondered where the story would go. I read this with Zuky, although she ended up not finishing the book (not a success!). As for me, I must say I did enjoy the book, especially in the beginning, but I ended up quite disappointed by the time I reached the ending. I never read Baby Doll, so I don’t know if the books are similar or not, but the death penalty angle was what attracted me to this story in the first place. After a few pages, though, I realized the story was a domestic suspense novel but I expected the two storylines to come together at some point. Wouldn’t you?

This was a thoroughly addictive novel, although I think it lacked a bit of tension. The ending pages could’ve been more suspenseful but instead, I felt like there hadn’t been an actual climax and I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed. The pros? I absolutely adored Kristy’s son and I thought she and her family were endearing, so I wanted everything to be okay for them. I really cared for this family.

Netgalley, Redhook, 2017

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

13 thoughts on “Mini Reviews #6 It Was Only Ever You & The Walls

  1. Looks like two more to add to the underwhelming pile. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had too many of those this summer.

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