This is a totally different sort of book review for me. One that I have to admit to being very nervous about!
The reason for my nerves is that this book is written by someone that I know just a little bit. As far as I know I have never met someone in person who has written a book, but this is the nearest thing to that. Linda Kay, the author of Sophie Writes a Love Story writes the blog Senior Adventures, which I follow. Linda Kay is also an author of several books, you can find out more about them here.
Linda Kay was kind enough to send me a copy of this book just before Christmas - signed to me! I have never had a book inscribed by the author to me before either! Lots of wonderful firsts.
I didn't start reading straight away because I was finishing my Christmas reads and I also wanted to savour this book and take my time with it.
The story is the second in a series that Linda Kay is writing about different stages of love. This one being about Puppy Love. Sophie is the teller of the story. She is recently widowed and starting the journey of moving on with her life. As an author Sophie's love of writing helps her in that journey and takes us on an interesting journey too.
Don is also trying to move on with his own life. He too has been widowed and is somewhat stuck in one place until painting brings a change to his life. The two tales are interwoven and linked in a wonderful way.
I was fascinated by the way that the story was told, it includes both the story moving on and glimpses of the story that Sophie is writing. The reason for my fascination is that I have been trying - for several years! - to write a book in that way and haven't managed it. So it was a great read and a great inspiration to me too.
Moving on to whether or not I would recommend the book. Well, I am being totally objective and not swayed at all by the fact that Linda Kay sent me this book or that I know her through her blog. Yes, I would most certainly recommend it!! When I have reduced my pile of books to read the others in this series - there are two more, the third was just released in December! - will be on my list of books to read.
It is a good story, moves along well, is interesting, tells about a side of normal American life that many will be familiar with and others will find interesting to read more about. It is also interesting to read a book by a "real" and "normal" person and to see how they do it.
Thank you so much Linda Kay for sending me this book and for allowing me to share it. I wouldn't have got to read it otherwise due to my large book backlog, so without you I would have missed out on this charming tale. Thank you!!
I could go on more, but I think that Linda Kay will be embarrassed, so I will leave it there. I recommend the book, go read it!
p.s. messing around with my blog right now. Yes, I will back it up! I wanted to let you know that you may see some changes, and I will be changing my link buttons - top right - bur for now I have added a slightly clunky link so that you can now find me on Ravelry. Hope that you stop by and then I can come and find you too!