“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.
To find out more about Miranda Dickinson visit her Website.