When Jake and Emily meet, sparks fly.
And not the good kind . . .
Emily just wants to keep the world away.
She doesn’t want anyone to know all the ways her life is messed up.
Going to anger management every Saturday, talking to strangers, was not part of the plan.
Jake just wants to keep his family together.
He’s also messed everything up.
Going to anger management is now his best hope for bonding with his six-year-old Alfie.
Emily can’t understand why Jake – who seems to have it all – is even there.
Jake can’t understand why Alfie – who never likes strangers – lights up around spikey Emily.
Everything they think about each other is about to change.
But can they change how they feel about themselves?
A Truly Lovely Story!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this but, for a debut novel, it’s remarkably accomplished!
Jake and Emily meet at anger management classes. Emily is a bit of a mystery for most of the book, but Jake gets off to a poor start by berating his son in front of her. She’s not impressed by his lack of patience – but then, what does she know about Alfie and the day-to-day problems the family has to deal with?
This is a truly lovely story, beautifully told. As we get to know all three of the main characters better – Jake, Emily and Alfie – their lives begin to interweave and we learn all the little details which matter. I’m not surprised that the author has written about what she knows; I think her knowledge shines through and she has written about what is to her a true life situation in a friendly, very readable manner. As well as enjoying this book, I feel I’ve had an insight and a new understanding and I recommend this as fabulous fiction which gets right under your skin. I’m very happy to give this one 4*.
My thanks to publisher Penguin for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: family life, romance
- Format: ebook, paperback, audio
- Size: 418 pages
- Publisher: Penguin
- Publication Date: 6 February 2020
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Rachel Marks studied English at Exeter University before becoming a primary school teacher. Despite always loving to write, it wasn’t until she gained a place on the 2016 Curtis Brown Creative online novel writing course that she started to believe it could be anything more than a much-loved hobby. Her inspiration for her first book came from the challenges she faced with her eldest son, testing and fascinating in equal measure, and the research she did to try to understand him better. My debut novel, Saturdays at Noon, is out in February and is about two mismatched strangers who meet at anger management and an extraordinary little boy who eventually helps them see everything differently. I really hope you enjoy it.
I live in Gloucestershire with my husband and two young sons. When I’m not writing, I love travelling, snowboarding and photography.
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