Spring has FINALLY sprung which means that summer is nearly here! Finally! Does Summer remind you of holidays in the sun and reading copious amounts of books? I hope then that maybe this new blog series will be for you.
I had a thought the other week that maybe I could start a book club series? The next thought that I had was most definitely no one will do it with me, will they?! Probably not, but I believe that this series will help me finding my love of reading again.
Now, it won’t be one book a week, knowing me it will be more like once a month. I’m very open to suggestions of books to read, so if you have any great ones you would recommend so please let me know!
Now…… it’s time to pick a book to start with! I thought that I would make a change from most book clubs, and I’ve decided to let Peter pick the books! Instead of me picking some airy fairytale romance novels!
It may be that he just picks the first book or all of the books depending on what he picks out.
His first pick was River’s End by Nora Roberts which when he showed me what he picked I was a little sceptical and angry. I like my bedtime reading to be light and fluffy preferably something with a happy ending. After I reading and rereading the blurb on the back a few times, I eventually agreed to try it and purchased the book.
‘River’s End’ by Nora Roberts is a crime and romance novel and 517 pages long. Our protagonist is Oliva McBride, and when we first meet her she is only four years old and we journey with her throughout her life.
We are brought in to Olivia’s world with her family, and what transpires in the prologue and first chapter are every child’s worst nightmare.
SPOILER ALERT! DON’T READ THIS NEXT SENTENCE IF YOU PLAN ON READING THE BOOK!
Her father, handsome movie star, Sam Tanner murders her mother the beautiful Julia McBride.
Olivia wakes in the night and has her world instantly shattered as she finds her mother dead on the sofa. I won’t tell you how, but I will say that it made me gasp. The details that Roberts goes into describing the details are horrific. If you are squeamish, then maybe skip those pages!
Frank Brady, a police detective comes to Livvy’s rescue and takes control of the situation. It is through Frank that we meet Noah, his son. Noah becomes Livvy’s friend and her romantic interest. I found that this was the most interesting relationship in the book.
Throughout the book, one of the main themes is nature, and the elements, and in my opinion that’s one of things that makes this book so enjoyable and interesting. Nora Roberts has a really interesting way of making the reader feel like that they are right along the characters.
Another strong theme in River’s End is love, familial and romantic. Almost immediately you are brought into the McBride’s family and throughout the book, you long for them to get the answers that they so desperately need.
The results of the novel shocked me. It’s a twisty read but it’s so worth the wait.
My enjoyment of this book surprised me, it’s not what I would usually go for! For those of you who know me, I like Reese Witherspoon movies and romance novels, a murder detective book is so not me! I am so glad that I took a chance on this novel. The writing is funny, shocking and immersive.
If you are looking for something different to read this summer- then why not try River’s End by Nora Roberts? The Washington Post wrote that Nora Roberts was ‘the most successful novelist on Planet Earth’ and reading this book- it’s not hard to see why!
P.S THIS BOOK DOES CONTAIN THEMES OF AN ADULT NATURE ( Sorry mum!)