A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate.
EPUB ISBN 978-1-78189-329-6
MOBI ISBN 978-1-78189-328-9
I am as those of you who have read my reviews already will know a huge fan of Ms Halton’s writing, and The Restaurant @ the Mill will I think always be my favourite because it was the first of her works I read, but this new offering comes second only by the very tiniest of squeaks. I really enjoy the flow of this book, it has a really nice cosy feel to it right from the beginning, the writer draws you in by infusing her book with exquisite readability and subtlety, this flows through her characters giving a real depth and interest to each, making them easy to bring to life in your head whilst reading and this really helps to make them interesting, believable and three dimensional.
I love that I became lost in the book as, being so fully immersed that I lose myself seems to happen less and less frequently making this book an absolute must for my bookcase.
The chapters are a good length and each is full of interest making the book a smooth and lovely read, my one and only problem with it being that it was over far to quickly and I found myself at three am reading the last page and being extremely disappointed that I had finished such an enjoyable read so quickly, but…once I had started to read I couldn’t wait to find out how it finished and couldn’t stop reading despite trying to put it down about five times!!!
There is a refreshing honesty in the characters, it does feel like they could be real people as their personalities are so beautifully distilled onto the pages, I think this is due, as with all Ms Haltons writing to the fact the characters have both positive and negative traits as well as dealing with both good and bad times all throughout the storyline which gives a great balance and therefore a more believable read than an awful lot of other books in similar styles.
I found this book in particular of hers to be lightly and hauntingly written, with some extremely thoughtful descriptions of individuals sadness that really affected me and she also deals with the issue of the anguished and tortured personalities and the reasons behind it in a particularly thoughtful and enlightened way.
The writer explores very creatively the interesting thought that one wrong decision or missed opportunity in your life can create such a difference in the way your life path changes for the good or bad, and how very easily the future reading could/should be interpreted as this left the two main characters second guessing a certain amount of the readings and also the decision they were making. It is also a wonderful exploration in itself of the differences in believing in psychics and their powers or not and how this could perhaps be a wonderful experience. I personally have had no experience with such things but can see how it could be so intriguing and I really enjoyed the way this was all woven into the book.
The love triangle was very well set out and left me on the edge of my seat to the end and what a beautifully written ending it was. The three main characters were of such depth and interest it was impossible not to enjoy the ensuing story through each perspective as it unfolded, I have to admit that there was a warmth and joy threading through this that left a golden glow long after the book was finished.
I feel the first page of this book is a joy to read and wills you to turn the pages and submerge yourself in this absolutely stunning read, however I was moved by the dedication at the beginning before even reaching page one of the story, I feel this book is yet another award winner for Ms Halton.