- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Corvus; Main edition (February 4, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782398244
- ISBN-13: 978-1782398240
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
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Fix You Paperback – 4 February 2016
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The perfect book to snuggle up with... Absolutely adore it beyond belief! * Rachale's Reads * An excellent novel. * Shaz's Book Blog * I loved the characters, I loved the plot... and I loved the London and New York settings. It really was a marvellous read! * Leah Loves * Will stay with me for quite some time to come... Simply a wonderful read. * A Spoonful of Happy Endings * A wonderful, captivating romantic story. * Chicklit Club * This fresh, fun, smart and authentic novel is packed with noughties nostalgia, and we think it's brilliant. * Heat *
About the Author
Carrie Elks lives near London and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. She loves to travel and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn't reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two. www.carrieelks.com @CarrieElks
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I found this book somehow heavy. Even though it has elements that I like in the stories I read, like:
-A romantic relationship that develops slowly over time (in this case: 12 years).
-The main characters know each other in good times, bad times and fall in love.
However, the pace and tension in the plot were not constant but rather chopped and uneven. The protagonists remain one-dimensional throughout the journey, and the secondary characters are like cliché (Richard's mom is the "bad" witch, and obviously it shows, huh?). Richard (the hero) seems to be bored and stiff man.
It was not a page turner or emotional type reading. It was ... hum.
We already know from the first chapter that Hanna and Richard have a baby together--but what led to this confession, and why is Richard so furious with Hanna and her unexpected appearance in his office?That's what we find out over the course of Fix You. From the moment they first meet when Hanna fills in as a server for her mother's catering gig, it's obvious that Hanna and Richard were meant to be together. But you know how it is: fate, other people, life get in the way.
Elks weaves a love story that is all-consuming, frustrating, compelling, heartbreaking...it's got everything. One of the thigns I really appreciated with Elks's Fix You is how she handled the inclusion of the events of 9/11 into the story. Too often, writers revert to oversentimenalizing what happened or simply pretending it never happened. Her handling of how 9/11 affects Richard and Hanna rings true (I remember how it felt being an American here in Stockholm, Sweden and how cut off I felt from everyone and the stranger in a strange land feeling that overcame me).
How the characters develop and mature over time is another aspect of Fix You that is handled so well. You believe in Hanna and Richard's lives and how flawed they are, the mistakes they make...it makes you care for them and want them to get it right, even when they drive you insane.
A great book! Looking forward to reading more of Carrie Elks's writing!
The story spans a decade and a time period that I could relate to and the connection to music was just another layer for the reader to grab onto. This also lent it self to watching all the characters really grow and to seeing how their relationships evolved. I almost read it in one fell swoop but I remembered I had to work so I finally got to 55% (and long past midnight) and put it away for the night, only to spend the day thinking about it. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a contemporary romance with characters that you like and root for. Just when you think things will fall their way, bam, another surprise. Completely worth the time and would make a great rainy day read.
This book reminded me of the movie Sliding Doors -- not the parallel universe part -- where seconds made the difference in several important outcomes. The Twin Towers on 9/11. Hannah coming home early from a trip. An auto accident. Richard forgetting his cell phone. So many little things that would have set them on a different path.
Altogether, this was a very good book. Adults only.