Thursday, 28 March 2013

Book Club: Amy & Zach by Sarah Louise Smith

The Blurb
Meet Amy & Zach

Flying home to the UK from the US for her sister Libby’s wedding, Amy has some major issues with her homecoming.

She is furious with Zach, who should have been travelling with her, but after he dropped a bombshell the day before she left, she hid his passport and flew alone.

Now, can she act normal when she meets Libby’s fiancé Tim?

After he finds his passport, Zach heads for the UK to surprise Amy. He wants to apologise to her and finally meet her family. He has kept his secret for way too long and knows he has a lot of explaining to do.

So, how did Amy and Zach get to this point? What is Zach hiding anyway? And what's going on between Amy and Tim?

How well do Amy and Zach really know each other?
The Review
I was looking for a new book to get my teeth into, and this one came up as a recommendation whilst browsing Amazon. The blurb didn’t blow me away, but with a lack of anything else interesting to read I thought I would give it a go. This is Sarah’s first novel, and I was pleasantly surprised.
The book tells the story of Amy and Zach’s relationship, going through their first year together and is narrated by both characters going back and forth from Amy to Zach. Previous books that I have read that have been narrated like this, I have found hard to follow or get engaged in. However in this case it was really well done, it kept the story moving along at a good pace and I felt really connected to both characters, it was great to get both perspectives. There was no repeating of the story, they just seemed to pick up where the other one left off and this flowed really well.
It starts off with Amy travelling back to London for her sister’s wedding. Amy has been gone for a year, living in Boston, finding herself, finding love. Zach shows up in London in a big and unexpected way and we flash back a year when Amy moved to the US to ‘start over’. The book is mainly set in Boston, USA but as Amy is from the UK there is a fab contrast between the two countries.
This story of their relationship is creatively weaved with complex relationships with various family members and you can really understand how they are feeling and why they act the way they do. I wouldn’t say it’s a fairy tale love story, it’s a story of a couple who face real issues that anyone can relate to.
The book as a whole was really charming, funny and entertaining, there are some great little surprises and twists. I couldn't help but smile, laugh and gasp whilst reading. My only criticism would be that I wanted a bit more detail in some parts but I think that’s just me getting drawn in and liking to know everything!
Once I started I couldn’t put this book down, I really want to meet my own Zach now. It’s a great story that really has you cheering for the couple to have a happy ending. The ending was lovely but I wanted it to continue, I wanted to know what happened next and feel there is more to be told....please write a follow up Sarah!

1 comment:

  1. +JMJ+

    I giggled at the part where she hides his passport! Depending on what Zach's secret was, I would have either done the same thing or BURIED it in the desert. ;-) LOL!!!


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