Unexpected Lessons in Love by Lucy Dillon #Review
I am delighted to be featuring Unexpected Lessons in Love by Lucy Dillon on the blog today. It will be published in paperback on January 9th 2020 by Black Swan and was released in ebook format on 5th December by Transworld Digital.
Jeannie and Dan’s whirlwind romance culminates in the perfect New York proposal, and they’re excited to spend their lives together. But, as the wedding quickly approaches, Jeannie can’t shake off the tight feeling in her chest. Is it just nerves, or is she having second thoughts?
Before she has the chance to talk to Dan at the church, tragedy strikes and Jeannie is left unravelling her feelings and getting to learn about the man she thought she’d fallen for…
I thoroughly enjoyed Unexpected Lessons in Love and loved the format of the story. As Jeannie tried to work through her realisation that she wasn't in love with Dan, she got to meet so many different people who all had a take on their own romance. Through the Brides Dress Revisited charity shop, she got to see how each bride had had different expectations of marriage. Through Rachel's story, you glimpsed the layers of emotion which were the foundation of her marriage. What appeared to be happening on the surface did not always reflect how people really felt. Set against the Instagram world of social media, Jeannie began to see the different between loving and falling in love.
A major part of Jeannie's story centred around the puppies and dogs who had been rescued from the appalling puppy farms and there is an informative side to all this. There was some wry humour to be found with these delights who grounded anyone who came into contact. Although I had a pretty good idea how the story was going to pan out, this did not matter to me. I loved seeing how Jeannie came to face up to her feelings, not just about Dan but also about her music and friendship with Edith. She emerged as a likeable and relatable character who genuinely cared about others and who learnt that honesty was the only way to go.
In short: A moving story with a touch of humour.
About the Author
Lucy Dillon grew up in Cumbria and read English at Cambridge, then read a lot of magazines as a press assistant in London, then read other people's manuscripts as a junior fiction editor. She now lives in a village outside Hereford with a Border terrier, an Otterhound and her husband.
Lucy won the Romantic Novelists' Association Contemporary Romantic Novel prize in 2015 for A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME, and the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2010 for LOST DOGS AND LONELY HEARTS.
You can follow her at her website lucydillon.co.uk, on Twitter @lucy_dillon or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LucyDillonBooks, at Instagram at www.instagram.com/LucyDillonBooks
Book link:Amazon UK
Thanks to Lucy Dillon and Transworld Penguin Random House for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
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