Thursday, September 1, 2016

Review ‘The Things You Do For Love’ by Rachel Crowther'A wonderful page-turner of a novel about the complexity of female life, by a new writer who
- Fay Weldon

An elite surgeon with a brilliant but philandering husband, Flora Macintyre has always defined herself by her success in juggling her career and her marriage. Until, all at once, she finds herself with neither.

Retired and widowed in the space of a few months, Flora is left untethered. In a moment of madness, she realizes there's nothing to stop her running away to France.

But back home her two daughters - the family she's always loved, but never had the time to nurture - are struggling. Lou is balancing pregnancy with a crumbling relationship, while her younger sister, Kitty, begins to realize she may have to choose between love and her growing passion for music.

And even as the family try to pull together, one dark secret could still tear them all apart...

"The very best sort of fiction that makes you really MIND about those people who you have only just met but whose existence throbs with vitality." Juliet Nicolson, author of A House Full of Daughters understands it all too well. You can have it all, but only if you're prepared to pay the price.'

The Facts:

Publication Date:
August 11th, 2016
Woman’s Fiction
eBook, Paperback
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My Review:

A view weeks ago I received an email about ‘The Things You Do For Love’. After I read the book description I was really curious about this book. Especially as a Nurse, the whole surgeon part sounded very interesting and I couldn’t wait to start reading.

When I started ‘The Things You Do For Love’ I sort of expected to read a real romance novel. But this book is definitely not just a ‘romance’ novel. ‘The Things You Do For Love’ is the story about three woman, a mom and her two grown up daughters. The woman need to find a way to go on with their life after their husband and father suddenly dies. And this is not easy, especially since their relationship with each other is bumpy to say the least.

‘The Things You Do For Love’ is written through the point of view of the three main characters Flora, Lou and Kitty. I definitely enjoyed reading this book through all three point of views. I really felt like I got to know this family. I also liked that the story went from the present time, to the past and never got confusing. Rachel Crowther definitely did a great job with this book.

What did bother me a little was the way the main character Flora reacted at moments. I found her reactions a little frustrating at times. As a surgeon your supposed to be tough. As a woman especially, I think, because you constantly need to prove that you’re as good as the ‘man’. But at times I wondered if Flora’s character really fitted that of a surgeon. But maybe that is because all the woman surgeons I know, are strong independent and tough. It didn’t bother me so much I stopped liking the book, but it was a down point for me.

Although this book was different than I expected it to be, I truly enjoyed it. ‘The Things You Do For Love’ is definitely worth your reading time, especially if you like books with an underlying message. 

To read a Q&A session with Rachel Crowther, please visit my July post

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About the Author: 

Rachel Crowther qualified as a doctor and worked in the NHS for twenty years before succumbing to a lifelong yearning to write fiction, previously indulged during successive bouts of maternity leave. She has an MA in Creative Writing with distinction from Oxford Brookes, and a string of prizes for her short fiction.

Her first novel, ‘The Partridge and the Pelican’, was published in 2011 and was a Tatler ‘sizzling summer read’. ‘The Things You Do For Love’ is published in August 2016 and has been called 'a delight of a read' by Fay Weldon, 'the very best sort of fiction' by Juliet Nicolson (A House Full of Daughters) and 'a richly textured tale of life and love' by Richard Mason (The Drowning People).

Rachel has five children, two mad dogs and an abiding passion for music, art, cooking and travel, both in Britain and further afield. She currently lives in Surrey.

For more information about Rachel Crowther please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Amazon.  

I received this book from Bonnier Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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