The Perfect Moment by Alix Kelso #Review
I am delighted to be featuring Alix Kelso's The Perfect Moment on the blog today. Set in Glasgow, it is the first of her Fairhill series.
Is there ever a perfect moment to begin again in life?
Ever since tragedy threw her life into turmoil, Laura has taken refuge at her waitressing job in Valentino’s restaurant in Glasgow's leafy Fairhill. Serving lattes and lunch specials means she’s too busy to think about all she lost, or the dreams she was forced to abandon. So when her beloved boss announces she’s selling the business, Laura is devastated. Hatching a plan to set her up with the local pub owner, Laura hopes the two of them will make a connection that might just change her mind.
Recovering from betrayal and heartbreak, Bruce is also in hiding from the world, and working in his uncle’s pub while he wonders how to restart his life. When Laura asks for help with her matchmaking scheme, he finds himself unable to refuse. She has a smile he can’t resist, no matter how much he wants to.
But as their plan is set in motion, the matchmakers begin falling for each other. Yet Laura thinks she’s happy with her dull boyfriend, and Bruce won’t risk another broken heart. As the future of Valentino’s hangs in the balance, can these two lost and lonely people find the perfect moment to start their lives again together?
Treat yourself to THE PERFECT MOMENT, a sweet, funny, emotional romance about new beginnings and being brave enough to follow your heart.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the characters in this first Fairhill novel. There is a real feeling that this is a haven for the people who live there and it seems to bristle with life. The story is written with a fluency which takes you by the hand and welcomes you in. The two main characters, Laura and Bruce, are delightful and I enjoyed getting both of their perspectives. There is a vulnerability to both of them which puts you firmly on their side.
There are also some other finely drafted characters to meet. It is clear that there is more to find out about Natalie and Keith, and to see what happens next in their lives. Taking a risk and grasping opportunities applies to several of the characters. I can thoroughly recommend this read with its emotional core.
In short: Second chances and taking a risk.
About the Author
Alix Kelso is the author of the Fairhill novel series. She’s happiest with her nose in a book and has been known to lash out dangerously if disturbed while reading. Having previously worked as a shop assistant, waitress, hospital cleaner and dishwasher, she eventually became a university lecturer. Although she loved the academic world of teaching and researching and helping her students, she always enjoyed writing stories in her spare time and finally decided to pursue her dream of publishing a novel and becoming a full time writer.
She lives in her home city of Glasgow with her husband and their rescue lurcher, Maggie. She enjoys pottering in the kitchen, walking in Glasgow’s many lovely parks, and is a firm believer in the therapeutic benefits of a long lunch with a big glass of wine.
Thanks to Alix Kelso and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resource for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
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