Monday, August 11, 2014

Since You've Been Gone by Anouska Knight Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"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 more 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?"

Since You've Been Gone keeps on reminding me of Kelly Clarkson's song. It has pretty much nothing to do with this book, but the song always reminds me of this. For some reason. It is probably because of how similar the titles are, but that isn't the point.

This book, Since You've Been Gone, is about... Wait. Why don't you read the synopsis and figure out yourself? Sorry, I'm in a bad mood today. But I'm not going to take it out on this book. That isn't going to be fair. It isn't a bad book. It is not a bad book. It is actually pretty good. And funny. Chick-lit. Romance. Contemporary. Those kinds of genres.

Holly Jefferson is a widow. Her husband, Charlie, died in an accident in the forest. And it is truly an accident. Not a murder. He was sort of run down by a seventy something year old man with vision problem. Anyway, Holly isn't ready to move on. (Then again, who is ready? Death is all around us yet it still takes us by surprise each day). However, when she meets Ciaran Argyll, she gets butterflies in her stomach and calls him (well, technically it is her friend that calls him) "handsome sucka" or "Bond, James Bond."

"Bond, James Bond" has a lot of character depth unlike certain other characters (cough, cough) from other words (cough, could name so many, cough). Smart, funny, and modest (and very shy), "Bond, James Bond" is the new guy for Holly Jefferson. Now, I'm not going to explain his character, because that is going to give so much away. But I will tell you that I like him. He is arrogant, yes, but also funny. I like a guy with a lot of funny bones.

The plot and the romance (which takes front and center of the stage) is not all sunshine and rainbows. After all, Holly Jefferson's former husband (for six months) died. Nevertheless, it stayed pretty strong. The plot however was a bit confusing and mushy in the beginning. I had trouble differentiating from past to present. I almost thought Charlie (the ex-husband/dead guy) was still alive.

Overall, Since You've Been Gone makes me want to sing Kelly Clarkson's song of the same title. But with cake and sugar, Since You've Been Gone is a delicious treat.

(A tiny note: Author, please explain how to make a cake if you ever write a book like Since You've Benn Gone again).

Rating: Three out of Five

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