A Model Wife by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #Book Review #amreading

I was looking forward to reading this latest novel from one of my favourite authors. I wasn’t disappointed. A Model Wife is a compelling and involving read.

The story centres around Celia, who readers first met in Isobel’s Promise – one of Maggie Christensen’s earlier novels – and Johnno. At its heart there’s the slow-burning romance between Celia and Johnno. But this is intertwined with other stories of family and friendship, and with difficult issues such as Celia’s abusive husband and Johnno’s precarious and high pressure business life.

The storytelling is excellent. I was hooked from the start and really cared about what happened to Celia and to Johnno. I so wanted them to overcome their difficulties and to be happy and together that it was difficult to put the book down.

This was a first-class story of mid-life challenges and of second-chance romance.

From the Back Cover:

Former top model Celia Ramsay is determined to extricate herself from her bullying husband – a former football hero. Despite his despicable behaviour towards their daughters, Celia agrees to join her husband on the media campaign for his memoir in return for an advance on the divorce settlement. But what she hasn’t bargained for is the spate of sexual harassment allegations against her husband and the media fallout which threatens to affect her entire family, not to mention her own sanity.

Real estate developer Johnno Henderson has always been a commitment-phobe, preferring to have a string of young models on his arm. But, as he nears fifty, he’s beginning to long for something more permanent. On the brink of the biggest deal of his career, a chance meeting with a former top model stirs up feelings Johnno never thought he was capable of, if only his playboy reputation would stop following him around.

Can this unlikely couple make a future together?

Set in Sydney at the height of the same sex marriage debate and the #MeToo campaign

A Model Wife is a women’s fiction book featuring compelling real-life characters, fascinating plot twists and a strong mid-life heroine. If you like feel-good stories of second chances, you’ll love this new book from Maggie Christensen.

A Model Wife is available as a paperback and as an ebook.

Isobel’s Promise by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

This book is one of several books I read while on holiday in Australia. I actually read most of it on the long flight home to Scotland – which was slightly weird but very fitting considering where the book is set. And not only is one of the best books I read on holiday, it’s one of my favourite reads of the year so far.

 Back Cover Blurb

A promise for the future. A threat from the past. Can Bel find happiness?

Back in Sydney after her aunt’s death, sixty-five year-old Bel Davison is making plans to sell up her home and business and return to Scotland where she has promised to spend the rest of her life with the enigmatic Scotsman with whom she’s found love.

But the reappearance of her ex-husband combined with other unexpected drawbacks turns her life into chaos, leading her to have doubts about the wisdom of her promise.

In Scotland, Matt Reid has no such doubts, and although facing challenges of his own, he longs for Bel’s return.

But when an unexpected turn of events leads him to question Bel’s sincerity, Matt decides to take a drastic step – the result of which he could never have foreseen.

Can this midlife couple find happiness in the face of the challenges life has thrown at them?

A sequel to ‘The Good Sister’, ‘Isobel’s Promise’ continues the story of Bel and Matt which began in Scotland

If you enjoy reading about strong women who have learned to live and love in later life, you’ll love Maggie Christensen’s books.

 My Review

Isobel’s Promise is the sequel to The Good Sister which I also very much enjoyed. But even if you haven’t read the first book this new one works well as a standalone. Although I have to say I’d recommend reading the first one too.

The novel is set in Sydney Australia, and in Glasgow and the Loch Lomond area in Scotland – and these settings provide the perfect backdrop to the story.

The plot is nicely balanced – not only between the two countries in which it takes place, but also between the differing points of view of the two main characters – Isobel and Matt. The reader is on both their sides – and is kept wondering if and how they will ever be able to resolve the problems and difficulties that stand in the way of them being together.

But it’s the characters who really make this book a page-turner. Isobel and Matt are in their sixties but they are not in any way stereotypically old. They are warm, likeable and flawed. They have full lives, families and friends who need them, and are open to new experiences – including falling in love. And they look forward – not back.

So, if you’re a fan of a good romantic story and you agree that age is neither a protection from, nor a barrier to, falling in love – then get this book. You’ll love it.

I was lucky enough to be given a pre-publication copy to read and was asked to give an unbiased review.

Isobel’s Promise is available to pre-order online and will be published as a paperback and as an ebook on the 2nd of August 2018.

Here a few links:

Amazon UK

Amazon Australia

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Book Review: The Good Sister by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #bookreview

This is Maggie Christensen’s latest book and it’s her best yet. It’s romantic, heart-warming and completely charming. I loved spending time with this novel’s engaging characters and, even although the story was brought to a satisfying conclusion, I was also left wanting to know what would happen next in the lives of these lovely people.

The Good Sister is similar to this author’s earlier novels in that it’s romantic fiction and it features a couple who are no longer young when they fall in love. However it differs from the others in that it’s set in Scotland – as opposed to Australia.

This is a multi-generation story with three vividly drawn and credible main characters and a well-judged supporting cast.

There’s romance, mystery and a little bit of history. I particularly like that this a romantic story where the contemporary couple who fall in love are in their sixties – and who – the young may want to turn away now – enjoy a full sexual relationship. How life-affirming is that! It was a nice touch too that the character who is in her nineties refers to the couple in their sixties as young. Age really shouldn’t be a barrier to a full life and this is a theme Maggie Christensen is an expert at weaving into her romantic but realistic stories.

All in all a great and absorbing read.

Back Cover Blurb:

Two Isobels. A lifetime of regret. A love that spans the years

 In 1938, as the world hurtled towards war, twenty-year-old Isobel MacDonald fell madly in love. But fate and her own actions conspired to deny her the happiness she yearned for. Many years later, plagued with regrets and with a shrill voice from the past ringing in her ears, she documents the events that shaped her life.

In 2015, sixty-five-year-old Bel Davison returns from Australia to her native Scotland to visit her terminally ill aunt. Reading Isobel’s memoir, she is beset with memories of her own childhood and overcome with guilt. When she meets her aunt’s solicitor, events seem to spiral out of control and, almost against her will, she finds herself drawn to this enigmatic Scotsman.

What is it that links these two women across the generations? Can the past influence the future?

Set in Scotland and moving from the nineteen-thirties to the present day, The Good Sister is a women’s fiction book featuring compelling real-life characters, fascinating plot twists and a strong mid-life heroine. If you like feel-good stories of second chances, you’ll love this new book from Maggie Christensen.

 

The Good Sister is due to be published on 23rd November and is available to pre-order now.

I have pre-ordered my own copy but I also received a free pre-publication copy from the author in return for an honest review.

Book Review: Champagne For Breakfast by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #MondayBlogs #BookReview

 

My Review:

I suspected I’d enjoy this book as I’ve liked earlier books by this author. And I was right. I enjoyed Champagne for Breakfast very much. I usually gauge how much a book has got me hooked by how late I stay up reading it. This one was took me into ridiculously late territory.

The book is a contemporary, feel good, romance, and, refreshingly, for more mature readers like myself, the main characters are in their fifties. Rosa is damaged, lost and vulnerable, but so is Harry. Both are struggling with major problems in their lives but they can each offer the other some much needed support. The cast of other characters are well-judged too and the pace is just right.

The story is set in Queensland, Australia, and the author brings the Sunshine Coast area vividly to life.

There’s plenty of romantic tension throughout, and, along with well-judged love scenes, a hint of jeopardy and a thread of credible hope, it all makes for an entertaining and captivating read.

Back Cover Summary:

Rosa Taylor is celebrating her fiftieth birthday with champagne. By the river. On her own.

Just because you are over 50 doesn’t mean there isn’t any romance and fizzle left to be had. This book makes you believe in second chances and never giving up no matter how old you get.

After finishing her six-year long affair with her boss, Rosa is desperate to avoid him in the workplace and determined to forge a new life for herself.

Harry Kennedy has sailed away from a messy Sydney divorce and is resolute in kick-starting a new life on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Thrown together at work, Rosa and Harry discover a secret. One that their employer is desperate to keep hidden. To reveal it they must work together, but first they must learn to trust not only each other but their own rising attraction.

Are these two damaged people willing to risk their hard won independence for the promise of love again?