Sicilian Sunset by Jessica Porter
|Sicilian Sunset by Jessica Porter|
|Category: Women's Fiction|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: A relaxing read but light on convincing plot and characterisation.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Maybe|
|Pages: 224||Date: November 2009|
|Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd|
Sarah Livingstone's jewellery business was struggling but she was still annoyed when her father called James Ross for help. Sarah and James had had a relationship some ten years earlier and Sarah really didn't want to work with him, particularly after her marriage. Most people thought that her husband's death in a plane crash had been the cruel end to a good marriage. Only a few knew that he had been about to leave her to live with another woman. It's left Sarah very reluctant to get involved with any man.
Well, she's reluctant to get involved until James awakens something in her and not only does her business go from strength to strength as it benefits from the links with the Ross silver business, she's able to be more outgoing and explain what happened at the end of her marriage. For a while she believes that she and James will marry but then his mother shows her something which puts everything in doubt. Devastated, she runs away to Sicily – and into the arms of some people you really wouldn't want to be associated with.
If you're looking for a relaxing read and you're prepared to suspend belief on the question of the plot twists then you'll find this an enjoyable holiday or wet weekend read. There are some splendid settings – particularly some of the more scenic parts of Scotland and glorious Sicily. You'll not want for action as Sarah rarely seems to be anything other than just about to go somewhere and there are plenty of misunderstandings to keep you wondering about what is going to happen.
You will need to suspend belief though. I couldn't warm to Sarah at all and there were several occasions when I wondered if there was a queue to smack her. After years of apparently keeping herself apart from any meaningful relationship she suddenly seems to throw herself into them with gay abandon, falling in love with one man then another, but without seeming to know very much about the men concerned. How do you love a man over a long period of time without even knowing what he does for a living? The men are equally superficial and it's difficult to see how they survive in the modern world.
Ah, I'm being picky. It's a book to read on a day when you want something undemanding along with a mug of hot chocolate and I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
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