Monday, June 6, 2016

Book Review: Jack and Gill by Cheryl Phipps

Jack and Gill 
Sycamore Spings Book 1
by Cheryl Phipps

Kindle Edition
File Size: 1608 KB
Print Length: 149 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Cheryl Phipps (December 11, 2015)
Publication Date: December 11, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Ratings: ★ ★ ★ ★   

My thoughts:

Just what I needed on a busy week. A very sweet, light and quick read about  unconditional love between best friends. Loved the character's individual genuine voice. 

This was tagged as romantic comedy. Yes there's humor but J&G is actually more of a serious family drama. The romance part felt rushed, predictable at times and the ending - unrealistic. But really, I still enjoyed reading the story despite all that (love best friend romance!).    

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About the book:

An uphill quest for love. 

Nearly thirty, over-endowed with curves, and under-endowed with boyfriends, Gillian Shaw’s life is not going to plan. Still hopelessly in love with her childhood friend and neighbor Jack Larson—who only sees her as his best pal—she clearly needs to make some changes. Realizing she’s never going to get her happily ever after with the man she loves, Gill decides to date a nice bank manager in her first step toward a new life. She’s going to put her feelings for Jack behind her no matter how much it hurts. 

Jack loves Gill. He always has. She’s been his side-kick since school. Suffering with him through his failed marriage and has been a second mom to his six-year-old daughter. Seeing her in a relationship that gets serious way too fast is causing him sleepless nights. He’s worried that she’s rushing into things and worried that he’ll lose her friendship. But most of all, he’s worried that all this time he’s been a complete idiot, and the way he loves her might not be the way he’d thought. 

About the author:

As a young mother with three small children, Cheryl Phipps escaped the daily chaos of motherhood through her beloved romance novels. She loved being whisked away from nappies and wiping noses to exotic locations filled with suave heroes and feisty heroines, and wonderful small towns with heart-warming tales of strong family ties and life-affirming true love.

Her bookshelves still hold those favorite authors - Nora Roberts, Marian Keyes and Cathy Kelly - plus new-found favorites who write stories that echo Cheryl's own values: family always comes first and life's struggles and challenges are always surmountable through love. 

Cheryl's three children have now grown up and have families of their own, leaving her free to pursue her dreams of writing novels. She lives in a quiet suburb of New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, with her wonderful husband, who she married the moment she left school (yes, they were high school sweethearts), and their turtles Rose and Jade. She enjoys taking walks with her husband, dinner out with friends, and, of course, weaving sensual stories that celebrate the joy of love, family and resilience.


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