How Do You Learn To Love Again In One Tragic Moment, Holly Jefferson S Life As She Knows It Changes For Ever Now To The External World, At Least She S Finally Getting Back On Her Feet, Running Her Business, Cake Then She Meets Ciaran Argyll.His Rich And Charmed Life Feels A Million Miles From Her Own However, There S To Ciaran Than The Superficial World That Surrounds Him, And He Too Is Wrestling With His Own Ghosts Will Holly Find The Missing Ingredient That Allows Her To Live Again And Embrace An Unknown And Unexpected Tomorrow 2.5 StarsSince You ve Been Gone seemed like it would be a sweet romance, unfortunately, I wasn t blown away Holly s life is basically on autopilot the last two years, since her husband was killed She still has dreams of her husband s presence, vivid in longing Holly owns a bakery and does a steady business, and she s close to her sister who is about to give birth, but as far as moving on that s quite another matter A cake delivery to a posh estate castle is about to change all of that This is where she meets Ciaran Argyll, the rich son of property mogul, Fergal Argyll Soon, last minute, high priced cake orders start coming into her shop Ciaran also starts popping up everywhere and Holly doesn t know how to handle the unexpected and unwanted attraction she feels for him He s the last person she wants to fall for, a seemingly spoiled according to her prejudices playboy with details of short lived romances splashed all over the gossip pages However, Ciaran just won t go away.I had high hopes for Since You ve Been Gone On paper this is exactly my type of story I love a multilayered romance with a quirky secondary cast, but this failed to meet my expectations I did enjoy parts of the story, but my overall feeling at finishing was disappointment Holly s constant pushing and judgmental attitude towards Ciaran rubbed me the wrong way It seemed like he was genuinely trying to help her out and Holly was suspicious and insulted at his efforts Plus, it seems like she was ready and willing to believe the worst about him at every turn I also had issues with what went down at the very end with Ciaran s father and his ex fiance I had a hard time believing that his father just got through extolling his son s value and saying how thankful he was that Ciaran kept it together for the years he was falling apart, and then that happened It felt like it came out of left field and then was just swept under the rug It seems Ciaran had no issues with his father s behavior and everyone was a happy united family by the end I felt that was hard to believe given how much his ex fianc had hurt Ciaran I ve been in the midst of a reading slump so maybe this has some bearing on my reactions, and I even have a friend who enjoyed this book immensely so take a look at the other reviews before dismissing this story altogether A copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 2.5 STARS Some poor beggars go their whole lives not knowing what love feels like We might never find it again, but at least we know what to look for I really thought I ve reached the zenith of my contemporary fiction book slump with this one That point where there s no other option but read with that forced jaunt of optimism Because the alternative is learning a new way to say how disappointed you have been or how it was good. until it went bad or, my personal favourite, how I liked certain aspects in the story but not enough to stave off the persistent wrinkle between my brows as I read along Save for the Kelly Clarkson ear worm I ve had since starting this, my feelings towards this book roughly follows the same downward spiral it s been taking so fondly these past few weeks with the majority of my reading choices I was actually prepared to be embarrassed for liking such a cliched, predictable story early on, only to end up with the embarrassed and none of the liking by the end.Holly Jefferson is a 27 year old widow who has been letting life pass her by since she lost her husband two years ago So far, she has done a good job concealing her grief She runs her cake shop efficiently, indulges her doting, elderly neighbor Mrs Hedley and helps her sister Martha and her husband Rob prepare for their coming baby But the ghost of her husband Charlie still haunts her in her dreams, in the empty echoes of their house When she gets commissioned to make a divorce cake for real estate magnate Fergal Argyll, she never expected her deceptive idyll would get disrupted by his son, Ciaran, the well publicized playboy who just seems to love spending his father s money After all, she lives in a world far removed from his and is quite content living her days in love with a dead man Except Ciaran and his secret heartbreaking story and unexpected depth had other plans for her.For a book with such a fluffy and light hearted cover, this started pretty heavy on the feels department as it portrays Holly s life in the aftermath of Charlie s death The narrative followed her during the bright and cheerful moments in the cake shop which contrasted well with the loneliness at home she s fallen into a habit of embracing In the rooms, the letters addressed to Charlie, the furniture he d laid his mark on, seeing Holly lose her husband repeatedly and everyday in the most intimate ways easily earned her my sympathy How she grips that pain close to her because she has nothing else left of him to remind her with, just made me yearn to witness her HEA.Ciaran initially had all these tried and tested moves that are all too familiar in this genre I m going to carefully label their first encounter as insta attraction, which is something I can get onboard with, I suppose And despite Ciaran s stalkery tendencies, I found myself looking forward to their next scenes together, wishing so hard to be swept away by something lovely and heartfelt between them I bet you re just waiting for Prince Charming to come rescue you from your broken oven every night, huh Before taking you away to your happy ending Happy ending I m not waiting for my happy ending, Ciaran Sure you are You re a woman I bet you ve got it all mapped out There was rhyme and reason to Ciaran s woman hating tendencies and it never did get too out of hand for me to rage quit this early on I thought there was a good balance in the kind of heartaches both were carrying.But as the story took its predictable turns, this just threw one too many tropes that I m not too big a fan of Holly had insecurities that manifested as being judgmental towards rich people and while this was addressed and was even a point of evolution for her character, I can t help but feel put off by how these insecurities reflected on the vilification of certain characters for being attractive It raised the opportunity to reveal Holly as an explicit slut shamer and I had a very difficult time liking her as she got repeatedly rewarded and her hesitation soothed with platitudes and reassurances from family, friends and Ciaran alike This also employed attempted rape as a plot point to clarify the questionable morals of Ciaran which is something I ve grown tired of than a point of argument, to be honest I appreciated how this paced Ciaran and Holly s relationship in a near believable manner despite the cliched circumstances surrounding them I think the incorporation of the secondary characters in the storyline could have been better but I did like the insight offered by Mrs Hedley I did find certain aspects about Ciaran and his family rather disturbing, because I felt it was an odd, disturbing fit for the kind of book I believed this was The experience was a lot like finding a shoe inside your freezer or cake sitting on top of a vinegar filled plate.I m still uncertain how I feel about view spoiler Ciaran sporting a tattoo of his mother s face on his back hide spoiler Lately, I have been choosing light escapist fiction because life has been frantically busy and I m too tired to concentrate on much else Since You ve Been Gone was part of a 3 10.00 deal at our local Coles Indigo bookstore, and was one of two novels that I chose featuring food fiction I am a sucker for chef cooking success stories there is always magic in culinary finesse to me and these stories tend to include a romance a two I m getting a little long in the tooth for gamine love stories, but, hey, escapist they are obviously happily ever after is the highest form of fantasy fiction ever created A smoochy, cute book light for my need for fluff. I enjoy well written Women s Fiction, especially one that s heavy on romance Anouska Knight delivers a winner as readers journey with Holly Jefferson through the pain and despair of grief to the extraordinary hope of a second chance to love again Holly lost her husband in a tragic accident It s been two years and she s survived the heartache by putting all her time and energy into her business, Cakes She s managed to fool everyone into believing she s finally going to be OK, and has become somewhat content herself with her lonely existence But everything changes through a chance encounter with rich, gorgeous, playboy Ciaran Argyll He s the total opposite of her late husband, a player in a world Holly will never belong.and yet, the intense attraction along with Ciaran s gentle persistence, keeps knocking down the walls Holly s erected One of the things I enjoyed most is Ciaran Argyll and his determination to bring fun and laughter back into Holly s life he s perfect for her The author also captures the essence of grief without keeping the reader in a constant state of melancholy throughout this tale The secondary characters, especially Ciaran s father with his Scottish accent and kilt, added many colorful as well as endearing moments Perfectly balanced, I found this to be a sweet, fun, heartwarming romance and I look forward to reading by this new to me author A big Thank you to my friend Heather, for leading me to this one.ARC courtesy of Harlequin via NetGalley Inconsolable depuis la mort de son mari, Holly vit recluse dans son cottage ou bosse comme une folle dans sa p tisserie, jusqu sa rencontre avec Ciaran qui va bouleverser sa routine et faire trembler les murs de sa tour d ivoire Cette lecture n est rien d autre qu une mignardise savourer sans honte et en toute tranquillit Je n en ai fait qu une bouch e C tait trop bon L histoire est d goulinante de charme, de tendresse et d humour Il n y a pas de folle passion ou d aventures rocambolesques, juste une relation qui s installe doucement, mais s rement, en bousculant tout sur son passage Il faut dire aussi que Ciaran n est que patience et attention avec Holly, si bien que toute lectrice ne peut que craquer pour lui C est un cossais, en plus Cette lecture fait un bien fou, dans le genre adorable et fleur de peau Soupir Le bonheur tait tellement palpable qu on aurait cru pouvoir l attraper avec un filet papillons. Quand les choses se passent aussi bien, la plus grande frustration c est qu on aurait aim que a dure plus longtemps Oui, la fin, j en voulais encore J ai pass un moment excellent avec ce livre, avec ces deux personnages principaux qui font partager autant de moments joyeux que de moments attristants J ai ri, j ai eu la larme l oeil et j ai referm le livre avec un grand sourire, dans un tat d esprit plus que positif Si vous ne l aviez pas devin , il est temps de l annoncer c est un joli coup de c ur.Ma chronique compl te Just finished this wonderful, amazing story LOVED the characters, writing, and this author s voice What an awesome jem this story turned out to be.In my opinion, this is probably one of my favorite books this year Full review to come I have been gravitating towards books that focus on bakeries or any type of sweet shop I find these stories charming and sometimes there are bonuses with yummy recipes in the back of the books Well this book started out ok I went along reading the book and got about half way when I was like what am I reading There was no redeeming qualities about any of the characters, the storyline was nothing special and I was not feeling any chemistry between Holly and Ciaran what so ever They were both off putting Holly for being condescending to Ciaran and others that were of higher status then her Ciaran for having the attitude of wealth and just thinking that he can make any comments he wants and get away with it No thanks I felt no need to continue with this book. Insieme come panna e cioccolato Ci sono alcuni poveretti che vivono un intera esistenza senza nemmeno sapere cosa sia l a Noi potremmo anche non ritrovarlo pi , ma almeno sappiamo che cosa cercare Un esordio straordinario quella di Anouska Knight, di quelli che ti accompagnano in un mondo fatto di a e cose buone Di quelli adatti ad essere letti il giorno di San Valentino, come tutto il resto dell anno Di quelli che prendi in mano, quando qualcosa non va per il verso giusto ed hai bisogno di un consiglio, una parola gentile, un abbraccio Anche se scritto nero su bianco nella pagina, il messaggio lo recepisci e raggiunge il cuore, donandoti la speranza che tutto quello che va o andato male, pu risolversi o migliorare.Le parole di Anouska Knight ti avvolgono in un abbraccio che trasmette calore e ti portano nel rifugio pi tenero e sicuro che tu possa trovare Nel condurti, ti allietano con l evocazione dei profumi fragranti di una pasticceria.La protagonista, Holly, ha 27 anni, single e terribilmente sola Ma ha trovato la sua strada lavora in una pasticceria e usa la sua creativit e il suo talento per riempire il mondo di dolcezza, decorata come una torta Ha trovato il modo di ricominciare dopo la pi grande delle perdite Chi meglio di lei pu sapere che la vita fatta a strati, proprio come una ricca torta, da farcire e da rendere la migliore delle prelibatezze Holly sola perch suo marito morto e il dopo non ha pi avuto l ombra della vera felicit per questo motivo che si rifugiata in una serena e pacata quotidianit , fatta di dolci e pasticcini Si dedica solo alle sue dolci creazioni e a sua sorella Per , nonostante la vita abbia deciso di strapparle una parte importante del suo cuore, pu ancora trovare la forza per ricominciare ed accade quando, per lavoro, incontra l enigmatico Ciaran Argyll, per il quale deve creare una torta indimenticabile Le loro vite sono agli antipodi, ma questione di dettagli, quando c l attrazione, che tra loro si innesca dal primo sguardo Lui le commissiona i dolci per una festa elegante che dar a casa sua, e Holly con il socio faranno parte degli invitati, anche per incontrare un altra importante cliente un ottima opportunit per ampliare il loro giro d affari.DA QUANDO NON CI SEI un esordio toccante, malinconico, dolce ed imprevedibile da assaporare lentamente e senza impazienza, come gustando una torta, farcita a strati, o corteggiando l a della vostra vita Ciaran e Holly sono diversi, ma destinati a completarsi come la panna con il cioccolato in una torta cui impossibile resistere. Se avete letto Mentre Fuori Nevica e l avete amato come la sottoscritta, Da Quando Non Ci Sei non pu assolutamente mancare nelle vostre letture Io l ho adorato fin dalle prime pagine Questo romanzo parla di rinascita, in tutti i sensi possibili Un nuovo inizio per molte persone che il destino ha voluto far incontrare, per dare una svolta alla loro vita.Persone che hanno perso la fiducia nel prossimo, che hanno paura di legarsi di nuovo a qualcuno, che vivono nella convinzione che non amare sia la soluzione migliore per non soffrire pi Ma quello che non sanno che ci che li aspetta cambier per sempre le loro vite e permetter a tutti loro di rimettersi in gioco Abbiamo Holly, una giovane vedova che vive in solitudine e cerca in tutti i modi di mantenere vivo il ricordo del marito ormai perduto Poi c Ciaran, un uomo il cui cuore stato spezzato e che vuole tornare a credere nel vero a E cosa dire di Fergal, il padre di Ciaran, un uomo davvero particolare a cui mi sono affezionata subito Un uomo che ha perso la donna della sua vita, e da allora si arreso, sapendo perfettamente di non avere pi la sua linfa vitale a sostenerlo Infine, la signora Hedley, la donna dei tulipani Una donna che si pentita di non aver approfittato della sua occasione, di non aver donato il suo cuore ad un uomo che lo desiderava davvero Un uomo che avrebbe potuto renderla ancora felice, se solo lei avesse voluto Ma ormai il treno passato, e l unico modo che ha questa donna di redimersi esortare qualcun altro a lasciarsi andare, a prendere quel maledetto treno che passa una sola volta nella vita Perch per quel treno c un solo biglietto, e una sola occasione di usarlo.Tutti questi personaggi, insieme, creano una storia incredibilmente dolce e commovente, ricca di speranza e di a Da Quando Non Ci Sei un invito a cogliere l attimo, un manuale per imparare a non arrendersi e a confidare ancora nel fatto che anche se un evento terribile ha sconvolto la nostra vita, c sempre un modo per andare avanti Guardare al futuro, sapendo che quello che ci riserva potrebbe anche essere dolore, ma avendo la consapevolezza che se ci arrediamo prima ancora di sapere cosa avverr , potremo pentircene per il resto della nostra vita.Perch la vita una sola e va vissuta al massimo delle sue possibilit , in qualsiasi occasione.Leggetelo, ve lo consiglio con tutto il cuore.
- 386 pages
- Since Youve Been Gone
- Anouska Knight
- 13 September 2017 Anouska Knight