Another cup of coffee, Jenny Kane

Thirteen years ago Amy Crane ran away from everyone and everything she knew, ending up in an unfamiliar city with no obvious past and no idea of her future. Now, though, that past has just arrived on her doorstep, in the shape of an old music cassette that Amy hasn’t seen since she was at university.

Digging out her long-neglected Walkman, Amy listens to the lyrics that soundtracked her student days. As long-buried memories are wrenched from the places in her mind where she’s kept them safely locked away for over a decade, Amy is suddenly tired of hiding.

It’s time to confront everything about her life. Time to find all the friends she left behind in England, when her heart got broken and the life she was building for herself got completely shattered. Time to make sense of all the feelings she’s been bottling up for all this time. And most of all, it’s time to discover why Jack has sent her tape back to her now, after all these years…

With her mantra, New life, New job, New home, playing on a continuous loop in her head, Amy gears herself up with yet another a bucked-sized cup of coffee, as she goes forth to lay the ghost of first love to rest…

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Ok peeps so it’s been a while and thank ya’ll for being patient with me (I’ve not a clue why I did that as I don’t live I the deep south of America!). Life has been somewhat hectic lately, with one thing and another and between working my little (ahem) butt off at getting a job. I finally not only get a job but a job that I LOVE! It’s hard, which is why I come home and pass out and not do much most nights, but now I’ve finally got round to actually finishing a book (normally the eyes get heavy after one chapter…yes I know sad!) I can finally get round to doing a review (yay I hear you all cry?!)

When I first started to read this I thought to myself, a nice light hearted ’easy reading’ story with a group of friends with their other halves and family’s, spending time with friends and working day to day life. Or perhaps not?

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I love the way this story takes you one route where you think you’re going whilst predicting in my head what I think will happen then ’bang!’ I actually realised this is not where it’s going! BUT then I don’t have the chance to work out where it is going, because wow what a story and what an unpredictable, fun, happy and lovely ending. I really did not see that coming (…and breathe!)

Amy Crane is a delightful character, she’s obviously a very caring individual who loves her friends but thanks to Jack (selfish, mean but oh so lovely and irresistible) she threw that all away and moved up to Scotland for thirteen years to get away from him. She thinks she did the right thing at the time, and all that time she spent wallowing in pity about the past waiting for a sign from Jack to invite her back to London and before you know it she gets it and moves back without question of where, why and what she will do…very brave lady!

I loved how each of the characters in this book have their own story, sometimes when I read a book I feel that one character gets all the attention because the story line revolves around them (not a bad thing of course). With this, however, the story gives the variety of lives between all these characters and their connections within the circle of friends.

Kit was my favourite character of the book, one of the obvious reasons was because she had an unusual talent for writing porn, ok ok, erotica but at the end of the day it’s porn right? Also because no matter what her personal feelings are she always gives good advice, the sort of advice you actually need rather than being bias or telling someone what they want to hear. It also must’ve been hard to be second best (you’ll have to read it to find out what I mean by that!) but she dealt with it in the best possible way.

I would recommend this book if you want something to get your teeth into (after dinner perhaps? Ok it wasn’t funny!), chic lit readers could easily enjoy this as well as if you like a bit of comedy and drama…it’s all rolled into one.

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