Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Love Shack – by Jane Costello

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

Life's great when you're 29 years old with a gorgeous girlfriend and fulfilling job. Until you have to move back in with your mum . . .

Dan and Gemma have found their dream first home, but the asking price is the stuff of nightmares. The only way they'll ever save enough for the deposit is by moving in, rent-free, with Dan's mum.

It's a desperate solution, but it's only for six months. And Gemma's determined to
make it work, no matter how bad things get.

But between Dan's mum's kitchen karaoke, her constant innuendos, irrepressible argumentative streak and - worst of all - her ham and pineapple curries, life back at home would test the patience of two saints. Which Dan and Gemma most definitely are not.

Then, as they're trying to convince themselves it will all be worth it, Gemma's past comes back to haunt her. And suddenly the foundations of their entire relationship are shaken to their core…

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Oh look, it’s another Jane Costello book, yay!!! I love Jane’s books and her writing, so I couldn’t wait to dive into this one.

The story follows Dan and Gemma, a young couple who is looking for their perfect dream house, but that is not easy…

Everything is so expensive or just not what they want. They fall in love with Pebble Cottage and the only way they can come up with the deposit is selling everything and moving in with his mum. Dan is NOT thrilled and their everyday life changes dramatically. They don’t have any couple time and his mum has her drama as well.

On top of that Gemma’s past is going to haunt her, in form of her ex Alex. Let’s just say Gemma spends time with him and gets confused.
There are also issues about the cottage, connected to other people who are interested and the owners.

The Love Shack is a real test for Gemma and Dan’s relationship. They go through a lot and also get to know each other from a different side. It includes their careers, their love, their families and much more.

The storyline is gorgeous and cute. It’s written in alternate chapters, so we get to experience both Gemma’s and Dan’s feelings. I always love reading a story from a man’s perspective; it just gives you another insight.

Gemma and Dan are a great couple and wonderful characters. However, the character I loved most was Dan’s mum Belinda. She was so much fun to read about and she had her own story to tell. The thing that made me feel close to all characters was, that they were not perfect at all, so genuine and real.

Jane’s writing is great. Full of funny moments, although I have to say I didn’t have as many LOL moments as in Jane’s previous books. It’s a light-hearted, feel-good novel, combined with some deeper and soulful elements. Sometimes I wasn’t happy with Gemma and her actions and I felt that at times, the story didn’t really move, so I can only give 4 stars. It’s still a wonderful book, the catching spark was missing for me though.


My possible cast:

Gemma: Rachel Bilson

Dan: Adam Brody

Jane on Twitter: @janecostello

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