Other Halves by Nick Alexander

Published by Black & White Publishing in June 2014

“When Hannah and Cliff’s fifteen-year marriage falls apart, it seems almost impossible to start again.

While Hannah tries to reconcile the warring factions of her heart, torn between a pre-teen son and a romantic love half a world away, Cliff struggles to face up to issues he has suppressed since adolescence in the hope of finding happiness in a confusing world. Amid the turmoil of separation, and with their son, Luke, caught in the crossfire, both Hannah and Cliff face the challenge of rebuilding their lives.

To make the other halves of their lives count, they will need courage and determination. To build new relationships, they will need to dare to love again.

Other Halves beautifully maps the break-up of a couple, with all the tough choices and heartache it entails, but above all it is a touching story of self-discovery, finding new love and beginning life afresh.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank ED Public Relations for sending me this book to read and share my honest opinion. This is the sequel to The Half-Life of Hannah which I recently read and reviewed here. I had originally planned on reading a couple of other books before reading this one but I enjoyed the first book so much that I just had to find out what was next for Hannah and her family.

Other Halves picked up right where the previous book had finished and Hannah’s life was certainly very different this time around. The storyline had a completely different atmosphere to the first and this was something that continued throughout.

I was surprised to find that I wasn’t as keen on Hannah at the beginning of this book, I admit that her behaviour shocked me a little. It wasn’t until I read further that her actions began to make a bit more sense to me but I still felt that something wasn’t quite right.

The big changes in Hannah’s life brought about an education of herself and she really did learn a lot – it was interesting to see that growth. Cliff also had a lot to learn (and to admit) about himself, perhaps even more than Hannah did, and I felt that the author handled this particular subject very well.

As the storyline came to an end I had mixed emotions, I felt satisfied with the way each of their lives had turned out but I also felt like there should be more. I guess I was waiting for the same kind of shocks that were blowing up all over the place in The Half-Life of Hannah but this book was much more mellow.

This was an interesting read, not as captivating as the first book was for me, but very thought-provoking nonetheless.

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The Half-Life of Hannah by Nick Alexander

Published by Black & White Publishing in May 2014

“When thirty-eight year old Hannah convinces her husband Cliff to rent a villa in the south of France, she’s expecting nothing more than a pleasant few weeks in the sun with her beloved eleven year old son Luke, her sister Jill and their gay friend Tristan.

Despite a few wobbles along the way, Hannah has always thought that her marriage to Cliff is reassuringly stable. But when a ghost from the past makes an appearance at the villa, she is forced to question everything she’s ever believed about her life. As the tension simmers and tempers flare, Hannah is torn – she has been living a lie, but is she brave enough to make a life-changing decision and allow herself a happily ever after?”

MY REVIEW 

Firstly I’d like to thank ED Public Relations for sending me this book to read and share my honest opinion. I must admit that, while I thought it sounded like a good read, I wasn’t prepared for just how much I would enjoy it!

I felt as though I knew Hannah and her family pretty much after the first couple of pages, the writing style made me feel involved and also made each character and scene easy to visualise.

Hannah’s life was predictable and normal I guess, I could tell that part of her wanted to break free but I could also tell that she was too scared to follow her heart. Her unhappiness was palpable and I desperately hoped she would make the decision that I wanted her to make.

Being set in the south of France gave the storyline a fresh, summery feeling. Even when shocking secrets were being revealed, it still managed to hang on to that lovely holiday mood.

I seriously struggled to put this book down and, for the first time in ages, I stayed up until after midnight reading. I can’t wait to get stuck into the sequel Other Halves.

This was an honest, real and drama-filled read that captivated me right up to the very last word!

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