#BookReview : A Falling Friend by @SHUjournalism and @wordfocus @LakewaterPress

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After spending her twenties sailing the globe, making love on fine white sand, and thinking only of today, Teri Meyer returns to Yorkshire – and to studying. That’s when she discovers John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, and poet of all things depraved. What she doesn’t realise is even beyond his grave, his influence over her is extraordinary. To hell with the consequences.
Having gone out on a limb to get old friend Teri a job at the university at which she teaches, it doesn’t take long for Lee Harper to recognise a pattern. Wherever Teri goes, whatever she does, every selfish choice she makes, it’s all setting her up for a nasty fall. But Teri’s not the sort to heed a warning, so Lee has no choice but to stand by and watch. And besides, she has her own life to straighten out.
A clever, raw and hilarious character-driven masterpiece that follows the lives of two friends with the same ambitions, but who have vastly different ways of achieving them.







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Review:


A Falling Friend by Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape has got to be in my top five best books I have read this year. 

From the first page to the last, I loved it! 

The two characters, Terri and Lee are believable the story amazing and the ending? Well let’s not even go there! All I can say is I am eagerly awaiting the sequel – which I am told is in the making. 
The story is told through two best friends, Terri and Lee and you follow them through their trials and tribulations. 

Terri and Lee have been friends since school.  Terri was the confident, spoilt and indulged popular girl and partly as a result of this confidence she felt superior over everybody including her best friend Lee.

Lee was the quieter and steadier girl who would be there for Terri. Lee would listen to all of Terri’s woes and troubles but rarely receive from Terri the same return in return. Lee was always there for Terri and would defend her when no one else would. 

The start of the book finds the two women in a college where they are working as lecturers and we follow them through their trials and tribulations. 
You soon learn that the dynamics of their friendship have changed very little but that is set to change over the course of this book. 

Each chapter is an entry from a character and this really added to the feel of Terri’s and Lee’s relationship. 

Like any friendship there are always two sides to every story and this is made very clear with the style and layout of the book. 

I have to say that whilst reading this book I probably related far more to Lee; I was always the quieter and reserved person I would be the one my friends confided in and I would defend my friends to the hilt.  

However there was a little bit of Terri in me, but that person never got to be seen or heard. 

I may have related more to Lee, but I still liked and ultimately felt sorry for Terri.  Terri reminded me of a swan; elegant to look at, but underneath frantically trying to stay afloat. Terri was probably the loneliest and unhappy of the two but would never admit it.

I honestly cannot find a negative thing to say about this book; I loved the style, the narrative, the characters and feel of it. 

There was romance, heartbreak and humour; which caused me to chuckle away to myself for some time. 

I did not want this story to end. It had me captivated from the very start and to prevent myself from reading it too quickly I would stop after a few chapters – and anybody who loves reading will know how difficult that is. 
I said at the start this would be in my top five of best books read this year and I stand by that. 

This book was reminiscent of the Bridget Jones Diary books and whilst reading it, it gave me that same happy feeling as they do. 
I said I could find no negatives; well I may have told a little white lie! There is going to be too long a wait until its sequel!!

Rating:

★★ ★★★


This review was written by Hannah. Follow her on twitter. 


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