Friday, August 1, 2014

Review: Since You've Been Gone by Anouska Knight

Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: July 29th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Synopsis: How do you learn to love again?

In one tragic moment, Holly Jefferson s life as she knows it changes for ever. Now to the external world, at least she s finally getting back on her feet, running her business, Cake. Then she meets Ciaran Argyll.

His rich and charmed life feels a million miles from her own. However, there s more to Ciaran than the superficial world that surrounds him, and he too is wrestling with his own ghosts. Will Holly find the missing ingredient that allows her to live again and embrace an unknown and unexpected tomorrow?

What I Thought:

This is Anouska Knight's debut novel.  She entered ITV's  Lorraine's "Racy Reads" and won.  It was a big hit in the UK.  You can see the lovely cover here.  It finally made its way across the pond and was released here.  I wasn't sure if the book was going to live up to its hype, but it did and I loved the book.

Holly and Ciaran were so lovely.  I felt so bad for Holly.  The hand she got dealt stunk, badly.  I will gladly admit to crying when Holly shared certain moments in the past.  I understood her hesitation with Ciaran.  Her attraction was unexpected and she felt like the gap between them was too big to overcome.

The book is told from Holly's point of view.  I guess that's why for most of the book I wasn't really sure what Ciaran was thinking or how he felt about Holly.  Of course his actions spoke very loudly and while some may think they border on stalkerish, I thought they were sincere, well intended, and I liked them.  

Anouska Knight really impressed me.  I experienced so many emotions and when that happens, it means I connected with the characters and experienced, rather than read the book.  Of course the fact that I once again lost on sleep and read this book instead also shows how much I enjoyed it.   I can't wait to read her follow up book.  I'm thinking of ordering copies from the UK, just to have those beautiful covers on my bookshelves and of course read A Part of Me before it comes out here. They'll look wonderful next to the copy I bought on Wednesday from my local B&N.  :)

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About the Author
Winner of ITV's Racy Reads! Frantically tapping my way into the great unknown. Like laughing & scoffing, equally :-) Represented by Madeleine Milburn, London

* A copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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