Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around a very successful buddy read and a new contemporary romance series that failed to hit the mark completely.
Title: The One Hundred Years Of Lenni And Margot
Author: Marianne Cronin
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
First published: February 18th 2021
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Finished reading: October 8th 2021
“And we will have told our story, scratching out one hundred pictures intended to say: Lenni and Margot were here.”
This book has been recommended to me multiple times already, so I was super excited when we decided with Nicki @ Secret Library Book Blog that The One Hundred Years Of Lenni And Margot was going to be our next buddy read. With the help of Twitter, we are able to read a book together even if we are almost eleven thousand kilometers apart (yes, I checked as I was curious) and in a different time zone (only four hours difference so not too bad). And it without doubt turned out to be another successful buddy read! There was just something about Lenni, Margot and their story that grabbed our attention immediately, and the engaging writing style and tone only helped turning those pages even faster. I can definitely understand the love for this story now! Not only is the writing itself wonderful, but the true power of this story is in its main characters. Both Lenni and Margot will be able to win over your heart almost immediately and I enjoyed getting to know them better. I loved the idea behind the one hundred painted pictures and stories, and The One Hundred Years Of Lenni And Margot has many flashbacks to the past as they tell each other what happened during specific years in their lives. It was wonderful to see their friendship grow; two unlikely friends, but even more charming because of it. I also liked what the discussions with Father Arthur added to the plot; I’m normally not a big fan of religion in my stories, but I liked how it was incorporated here and it didn’t sound preachy at all. Instead, it added more dept and asked questions about life itself related to the plot. I do think that the story isn’t exactly uplifting, as there are quite a few more serious topics included as well as sad moments. It’s nothing you won’t see coming though, and as a whole the story felt well balanced. Just make sure to have something sweet at hand just in case, and definitely don’t expect a light and fun read (although the story offers those moments too).
Title: Spring At Lavender Bay
(Lavender Bay #1)
Author: Sarah Bennett
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: February 22nd 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Finished reading: October 12th 2021
“He was a builder. Time to lay the foundations of what might be a promising future.”
My first introduction to the work of this author with the Bluebell Castle books earlier this year was a big success, and I’ve been looking forward to try more of her series. I decided to start with the Lavender Bay books for no particular reason… Hoping to read the first two books in time to be able to add book three to my Christmas TBR. This series once again included three different stories focusing on three friends, and in the first book Spring At Lavender Bay it’s all about Beth (and Sam). I have to say that while it was a nice enough read, I did feel that some of the charm of the Bluebell Castle books was missing. I think this has mostly to do with the fact that I struggled to warm up to Beth herself. There was just something about her that irked me considerably, and it’s not just the fact that she lets people walk all over her. Thankfully we had Sam’s POV too, who was a lot easier to like. I also really liked the setting itself as the beach town and its shops sounded wonderful. The plot itself is nothing too exciting and mostly focused on the attraction and budding relationship between the two main characters… And as I wasn’t a really fan of half of that duo during a long time, I sometimes struggled to say invested. That said, I liked her friends (and especially Libby) a lot better, so I do have hopes for the other two books of the series.