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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The Time of my Life by Cecelia Ahern

The Time of My Life

The stunning and magical new novel from the Number One bestselling author Lying on Lucy Silchester's carpet one day when she returns from work is a gold envelope. Inside is an invitation -- to a meeting with Life. Her life. It turns out she's been ignoring it and it needs to meet with her face to face. It sounds peculiar, but Lucy's read about this in a magazine. Anyway, she can't make the date: she's much too busy despising her job, skipping out on her friends friends and avoiding her family. But Lucy's life isn't what it seems. Some of the choices she's made -- and stories she's told -- aren't what they seem either. From the moment she meets the man who introduces himself as her life, her stubborn half-truths are going to be revealed in all their glory -- unless Lucy learns to tell the truth about what really matters to her. Lucy Silchester has an appointment with her life -- and she's going to have to keep it. Touching, warm, funny and poignant, Cecelia Ahern's new novel explores what happens when you stop paying attention to your life.

I have been looking forward to Cecelia Ahern's new release for some time. I first found Cecelia when P.S. I Love You featured in Richard and Judy's Book Club back in 2004. I have enjoyed most of Ahern's subsequent books, a couple were not my cup of tea, but most I would recommend to others.

In this book, The Time of my Life, Lucy Silchester, receives a letter from her 'life', After a couple of weeks of letters each day at her home, her work and her family's home she reluctantly makes an appointment. When she arrives at her appointment,  a scruffy looking man, working in an office where he rents a desk, in a crumpled suit introduces himself as her life. As Lucy starts to take control of her life and face up to  others' feelings, Life starts to undergo a transformation too, with smarter clothes and looking after his appearance. One of the main issues in Lucy's life is her ex boyfriend, Blake. Blake actually broke off their relationship but at the time, it was decided that their friends and family should think that Lucy broke it off, which has caused issues with a number of friends and families. Lucy has found that since Blake has finished filming his travel programme, he has set up a centre where he can take people up in a plane and then do tandem jumps from a plane - Lucy finally plucks up the courage to go and see him, will they their relationship or will Lucy return home to carpet cleaner, Don, a one night stand who would love to have a relationship with Lucy.

As with most of Cecelia's books, there is a magical/imaginative side to the book which I think shows Cecelia's unique storytelling style and I enjoyed this side to the book. It was a slightly unusual idea, about meeting someone who was your 'Life' but Cecelia writes as if it is a  regular occurrence and I certainly enjoyed this unusual idea - sometimes I think it would be a very useful meeting to have.

i really enjoyed the book, another story in which i could loose myself in. The story was believable, a girl who felt sorry for herself, was working to pay the rent but not taking pleasure in her work, going through the motions of the day and not much else, something I am sure many of us can relate too.  It is a story many of us could relate to and I am sure many of us will take points from the story away with us after reading this book.

I would recommend this book as a great gift for female friends and/or family members who are going through a bad point in their life and need to read something uplifting and fun. There are many times of laughter and happiness throughout the book.

Thank you to the publishers, Harper Collins, for sending me this book to me to review.

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