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Book Review… Between the Lines by Sally Morgan

Author: Sally Morgan

Title: Between the Lines

Publisher: Carina Press

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 out 5

This is the first book I’ve read by Sally Malcolm, and it will not be the last. I read this book in a couple of days, couldn’t put it down and still wanted more. A lovely story.

Theo Wishart has given up on finding love. Luca Moretti doesn’t want to find it. A handful of summer days may change their lives forever – if they’re brave enough to read between the lines. Eyes might be windows to the soul, but for Theo Wishart they’re all shuttered. His dyspraxia makes it hard to read people. He doesn’t do relationships and he certainly doesn’t do the great outdoors. Two weeks spent “embracing beach life” while he tries to close the deal on a once great, now fading seaside hotel is a special kind of hell. Until Luca. Gorgeous, unreachable Luca. Luca Moretti travels light, avoiding all the romantic entanglements. Estranged from his parents, he vows this will be his last trip home to New Milton. His family’s hotel is on the verge of ruin and there’s nothing Luca can do to save it. He’s given up on the Majestic, he’s given up on his family and he’s given up on his future. Until Theo. Prickly, captivating Theo. No mushy feelings, no expectations, and no drama – that’s the deal. A simple summer fling. And it suits them both just fine. But as the summer wanes and their feelings deepen, its clear to everyone around them that Theo and Luca are falling in love. What will it take for them to admit it to themselves- and each other?

“And its so easy to make mistakes, to think you know what someone wants when the truth is they don’t want you at all.”

This is a sweet, charming, classic yet modern love story. The two main characters begin a slow-burn romance that is a pleasure to read. The love story is beautifully written, it’s filled with sweetness, laughs and passion. Also, the family dynamics are really well written, you get just as involved with the tumultuous relationships each main characters has with their parents, as they do with each other, which makes it an interesting read.

Now, when it comes to the plot I have to say, it’s pretty predictable. You can guess from the beginning what story is going to unfold. This doesn’t make the book any less enjoyable, it’s just means there aren’t many surprises to come. I loved the ending though, it was cinematic and I could easily see it on the big screen. I didn’t want their love story to end.

I will always enjoy a book that has great representation of the LGBT community and this book does just that. I believe it will give young teens reading it hope for the future to read a love story like this. It also has great presentation of dyspraxia, which I had never heard of, it handles it in a delicate and truthful way.

So if you like a good LGBT romance, love story, or a light read with a lot of heart then this is the book for you. I hope there’s more from Sally Malcolm to follow.

This book was given to me by Netgalley and Carina Press in return for an honest review.

Until the next review.

JTH

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Book Review… ‘History is all you left me’ by Adam Silvera

I’m going to start by saying I love this book. This is the second book by Adam Silvera, the first being ‘More happy than not’. It’s a story that really captures your heart and makes you feel all feels.

I’m sorry, but please don’t be mad at me for reliving it all. History is all you left me.’

The story revolves around Griffin, who’s telling the story of his first love and how he lost it when his ex-boyfriend Theo drowns. The book deals with love, loss, grief and all the problems that come along with it. It’s set in both the past and the present, with both storylines as intriguing and heartfelt as the other. There is also a bit of twist towards end that I’d be excited to see what you guys think about.

Adam’s writing in this book is truly phenomenal. You feel Griffins grief in every line and that’s all down the wonderful writing. The characters are so well thought out which is just another testament to Silvera ability to tell story’s that are sweet, honest, compassionate, complex and full of human emotions.

I also love the fact that is Young Adult novel, which can be read by anyone at any age, is telling the story of two LGBTQ characters falling in love. We need more books like this and with the excellent writing making it go mainstream.

I truly recommend reading this book, no matter age, gender, sexual orientation. Feel free to comment and let me know if you guys love this book (or didn’t). Or if reviews makes you want to read it.

Until the next review

JTH