Love and Devotion by Erica James

Harriet Swift, a  32 year old computer programmer, living a happy, settled life in Oxford is jolted out of her comfort zone when her sister dies. A few years ago, Felicity, her sister had got her to promise that should anything happen to Felicity and her husband, Harriet would look after her children.

Harriet, is at a total loss. She has no maternal instincts, and has no clue how to handle two young children. To add to that she has to give her life, as she knew it, to relocate to where her parents live, to be able to look after her niece and nephew. She needs her parents to help with this task, but it isn’t easy on any one of them.

To add to it all, her parents seem to be having trouble in their relationship, and she discovers that her sister Felicity was not all that she seemed to be.

Will Hart, is a middle-aged divorced man, with two teenage daughters. He is also leading a well ordered life, and wants nothing to change it. He find out that his older daughter is pregnant, and he plays peace maker between his former wife and daughter, to ensure that his daughter is allowed to make her own decisions, without her mother forcing her into anything. Tragedy strikes and nothing is same again.

A sweet story, a book that leaves you feeling happy at the end. It makes you feel for the characters, wishing that everything could just turn out right. The way the little children face their loss is handled so beautifully, and it feels very real. Little Carrie’s bravado, and Joel’s insecurity, and Harriet’s handling of it all, is very well portrayed.

It is mainly about how people cope with loss, how some go strong, some find other avenues to run away from the grief.. And how things do fall back into place, eventually.

A nice read, a sweet story. Something to curl up and have a ‘comfort read’, if you know what I mean.

Promises, Promises by Erica James

Every now and then I need a good chick-lit to cheer me up, to soak in the warm,warm feelings, and to read,  without thinking.. knowing that everything will indeed be fine at the end.. Erica James’ Promises, Promises fit the bill perfectly.

Ella has just stepped out of a seven year old relationship after realizing that her partner’s daughter would never accept her, no matter what she did. She is determined to stay single, and promises herself to not let her heart rule her head, ever again.

Maggie is married to a man who does not appreciate her at all. She run around earning money working as a cleaning lady and is treated like dirt by both her employers and her family. All she wants is to stand up for herself and she promises herself that she would be more assertive and stand up for herself.

Ethan is caught in an unhappy marriage, working a business which is in a tough spot, and his socialite wife and spoiled teenage daughter do not seem to realize that a recession is on, nor do they care about anything he cares about. He promises himself that he will not resort to meaningless sex with other women to hide his unhappiness.

Fate brings all the three of them face facts that might have been ignoring, and forces them into making decisions which they might have never done other wise.

I can’t tell you anymore without all of you guessing the plot, but would recommend it if you like a light,fun and entertaining book. All the characters are well developed, and you can’t help feel for them. As you read the book, you want things to all work out for them. It is a nice feel good book, and it certainly made me laugh out in loads of places. A nice pleasant, fun and predictable read, and I would give it a 3.5/5.

PS: I would not be pestering you all with reviews for a while, I don’t seem to be making a headway in the latest book that I have been reading. I suspect the term break has been having it’s effect on my reading as well.