When I Fall In Love – Miranda Dickinson

When I fall in love

“Elsie Maynard never expected to be starting again…

But eighteen months on from the biggest challenge of her life, she is doing just that – because she made a promise to the person who believed in her the most.

Determined to step into her uncertain future, Elsie meets handsome Oliver Hogarth who seems intent on winning her heart and inadvertently founds a choir.

Then a heartfelt request brings her to Paris – and the final item on ‘The List’ she had never dared complete.  Can Elsie follow her heart and put her past to rest?”

Having read and enjoyed all of this authors previous books (my review of Welcome To My World can be found here) it was a bit of a no-brainer that I would buy this one.  As with all Miranda’s books the cover was gorgeous and I was looking forward to jumping into her latest creation.

Wow!  I’ve always loved this authors writing style so I was pretty confident that I would enjoy the book, but I was surprised that I felt so connected to the storyline when I haven’t been through it myself.  Tears didn’t just fall – they poured as this wonderful story took me to places I had never thought of.  I didn’t only feel sadness though, there was laughter, shock and happiness all rolled up in one fabulous book!

I was laughing out loud by page two – what a great start!  I was keen to find out exactly what had happened eighteen months previously to stop Elsie dating, I was just as keen to find out the meaning of ‘The List’ and the lovely little notes.  Once I understood what they were all about I filled up with tears every time a new one came up.

Elsie was a wonderfully warm character who I liked straight away, I loved the closeness of her family and I quickly felt like I was a part of it too.  A spontaneous singing moment that had me smiling from ear to ear was an important turning point for Elsie and I couldn’t wait to see where it would take her.

I can’t write this review without mentioning Woody, he was such a fantastic character (one of my favourites in fact). I would say to watch out for him when you read it but the truth is you won’t be able to miss him because he is so vibrant!  I found him very easy to visualise and regularly laughed out loud at the things he said:

“We’ll be like undercover agents for the forces of music: choir ninjas, if you will.”

I was completely torn between the two main male characters, I kind of fell in love with them both and couldn’t decide who would be best for Elsie.

The choir was another great part of this book and I thoroughly enjoyed following their progress, one of my favourite choir moments came during a performance – an 84-year-old member finished the show with some awesome air-guitar moves!

Paris was lovely and also the cause of most of my tears, there was a particularly heartbreaking moment that had me sobbing – it was written beautifully and I was so caught up in Elsie’s life that I just couldn’t stop crying.

At the end of the story I got to read the actual ‘List’ and I thought this was a lovely way to end the book as it made me smile before I closed it.

This was a captivating tale that really touched my heart in a completely unexpected way.

When I Fall In Love can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Miranda Dickinson visit her Website.

Welcome To My World – Miranda Dickinson

 

I love the covers of Miranda Dickinson’s books, they all look so magical.  Having already read Fairytale of New York and It Started with a kiss, both of which I loved, I was really looking forward to reading this book.

The story is about a girl called Harriet who is completely in love with other countries and travel, she even works as a travel agent, but strangely enough she has never stepped foot outside this country!  She has lots of excuses for why she hasn’t but deep down she knows she’s just too afraid to do it alone (her boyfriend will only go on UK breaks).  Her best male friend Alex, however, has travelled all across the world and captivates her with all his tales from afar.

The book starts with Harriet deeply upset in the village hall toilets, the reader has no idea what she is so upset about but  gets a little clue at the beginning of each chapter before the back story continues.  I love this style of writing, it had me imagining all sorts of reasons for her being so upset and when I finally did discover the reason it made me chuckle because my ideas were so far off the mark!.

This book filled me with a mixture of emotions – sadness reading about the loss of Harriet’s parents, laughter when she gets tangled up with Alex’s mum to try to find him a suitable girlfriend and happiness when things go well for Harriet although I won’t say any more about that as I don’t want to give too much away.

I loved reading about the different cultures and food from all the countries that were mentioned in the book, it gives you a real sense of being there.

This is a wonderful love story that had me gripped from the very first page.