Today it is TWG’s stop on the Brook Cottage Book blog tour for Jenny Harper and the ‘Mistakes We Make’! Time to get comfortable as TWG brings you a review, extract AND a giveaway! Enjoy!
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
5th book in the Heartlands series (can be read as a standalone)
Release Date: 28 July 2016
Publisher: Accent Press
Sometimes you have to dig deep to discover what you really need.
Marketing events manager Molly Keir doesn’t realise how much she still cares for her ex until she meets him with another woman. Her answer is to seize the chance of a glittering job in London – even though this will mean leaving behind her aging father and pregnant best friend Lexie Gordon.
Adam Blair is in the wrong job. Pressured by his father to join the family law firm, the stress of work helped break his marriage. Now Molly is moving to London, and he knows he needs to move on – but events soon overtake his best intentions.
A year ago, Caitlyn Murray quit her well-paid job to avoid becoming a whistle-blower. Now she is stuck at home with her overworked mother and four needy step-siblings. Tempted by the offer of a good wage, she returns to her old firm – where her nightmare comes back to haunt her.
Molly and Adam seem to have gone too far to recover the love they once had, and when Caitlyn finds the courage to speak out, she brings all their worlds tumbling down.
What does TWG think?
Jenny Harper has been one of my ‘must read’ authors for a while, but I had never gotten round to finally picking up one of her books. When the opportunity arose with the chance to read Jenny’s latest book, ‘Mistakes We Make’, I just had to say yes. The only ‘downfall’ to that opportunity, is the fact that my bank balance will have a few, (cough), Jenny Harper sized dents in it when I go and buy the other four books in the Heartland Series. Oh no, whatever will TWG do -dramatically sighs-!!
‘Mistakes We Make’ follows the lives of three main characters; Molly, Adam and Caitlyn, and my word what turbulent lives all of them have! The beauty of the character switching meant that my attention was constantly focused, and I was always on edge whilst waiting for the next big thing to happen within the story. Usually that style does confuse me, it doesn’t take much mind, but I really do feel that it worked exceptionally well in Jenny’s book.
‘You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone’, seems to be the underlying theme for a couple of the characters due to the choices they made in the past. Those particular choices have paved each of their paths in the present, and it is completely down to themselves to work out what is worth it, and what isn’t. How many lives could be disrupted though? How many mistakes will they make this time?
(P.S, yes, the quote is from song lyrics. Think tax…a yellow one.)
What a story! Not only is there one lot of drama happening, there is two other characters drama happening at the same time, and golly it makes for a brilliant read! I was pretty much hooked from the get go! I don’t mean drama as in Kardashian drama or cat fight drama, instead it is the sort that makes you sit up and focus. Drama that you feel obligated to be involved in, whether it is emotional drama or life itself drama.
‘Mistakes We Make’ sees Molly fighting against her own heart, Adam fighting against his chosen path, and Caitlyn fighting against doing what’s right. When the story delves deeper into Molly’s history, I did feel as though I was playing ‘I like her, I like her not’. I couldn’t seem to reach a solid decision about whether I liked her, disliked her, or whether it was just her choices that I disliked. I can safely say that there were many times where I thought that all three of them needed to put their big girl pants on!
The strength behind the storyline is evident pretty much from the onset and I absolutely LOVED reading a book with towns that I know of, and have visited, as I live near them! For me, that cemented the realistic factor of the book as I was able to visualise the areas that the characters went to. Very special. There were a few situations in the book that had me rather shocked, but Jenny wrote about every dark and emotional situation with sensitivity, realism and gave them even more of an edge. To be able to write about events that could potentially bring the shock factor to the reader, with such honesty and focus, really added warmth to the book in a way I never knew was possible.
‘Mistakes We Make’ is a rollercoaster ride of a story that will have you engrossed and involved in a multitude of ways. With an exceptionally strong storyline and memorable characters, ‘Mistakes We Make’ is a definite must read and will leave you wanting more. Intense and emotional, this book certainly packs punch. I can honestly say that it definitely wasn’t a mistake to read!
Molly Keir rummaged in her handbag and extracted her glasses.
‘Yum, this looks amazing. Scallops, black pudding, Gravadlax, sole paupiettes. Wow. I didn’t realise how ravenous I was till I started reading!’
Lexie whispered, ‘Molly.’
‘Mmm? What do you think about beef?’
Molly looked up at the note of urgency. ‘What?’
Lexie’s face had turned an odd shade, and her brown eyes had a panicky look about them. She was staring over Molly’s shoulder at the doorway.
Molly shoved her glasses back onto the top of her head and swung round. A woman was walking into the room. She was Asian – Indian perhaps? – and classically beautiful. Her hair fell in thick, shiny tresses halfway down her back, her eyes were dark as treacle and dramatically outlined in black. She was wearing scarlet. Afterwards, that was what Molly remembered most – the stunning silky dress, hugging a perfect figure.
For now, the dress and the woman faded improbably into the background because there was a man behind her. Not just any man – Adam Blair.
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About Jenny Harper.
I’ve been a writer for most of my life. I’ve written and co-authored a number of books on Scotland, a history of childbirth, a children’s novel and a romantic novel, all published some years ago. I’ve now turned my attention to writing the kind of novels I like to read – well written and with some depth, but not literary or too demanding. I like to tackle issues, but also to incorporate the complicated emotional challenges of day-to-day living.
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/15692421-jenny-harper