19.10.10

Book Review: 10 Reasons Not to Fall in Love by Linda Green

1. I'd have to shave my legs- even in Winter.
2. Couldn't get away with wearing big knickers.
3. Or having spaghetti hoops for tea.
4. He'd have to meet my mother.
5. My boss is my ex and no man could accept that.
6. Single mums are about as attractive to men as syphilis.
7. 'I'll Never Fall in Love Again' is my theme tune.
8. Last time I was dumped for a weather girl.
9. I no longer trust men.
And most importantly...
10. Can't risk Alfie getting hurt again.
Jo Gilroy gave her heart away once. She won't be making the same mistake twice. In fact, she's got 10 reasons not to fall in love. Until Dan Brady comes along, with some reasons of his own...
The lovely Verity recommended this book to me and I'm so glad she did as I really enjoyed it.
Jo Gilroy is a very believable character, she has had her life turned upside down by the birth of her first child and the fact that her husband walked out on his new family just one year in. She has no confidence and no interest in love until Dan Brady, a balloon sculptor, comes into her life.
The chapters alternate between the present situation and Dan's childhood. The reader gradually builds up a picture of the domestic abuse that Dan witnessed his mother suffer at the hands of his drunk and violent father. Linda Green deals with a very sensitive subject extremely well, she shows through Dan, the emotional scars that people are left with in their adult lives.
10 Reasons Not to Fall in Love contains a lot of humour, most of which is provided by 1 year old Alfie in the way that only children can. I was willing Jo and Dan to get together from the moment they met but everything seems against them.
I would highly recommend this book, Linda Green has a good mix of humour and romance whilst also exploring a serious and sensitive issue. I have read Linda Green's other book Things I Wish I'd Known which is also very good, you can read my review by clicking here.

7 comments:

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Great review! I've also read and reviewed Things I Wish I'd Known. Which one is better, TIWIK or 10 Reasons Not to Fall in Love? I'm curious, as I've only read one novel by Linda Green.

fiction-books said...

Hi Dot,

This is not the usual kind of book I would choose to read, but after reading your review, I may need to have a re-think.

I like books that can deal with some of the serious issues in life, without being actual biographies or autobiographies and this seems to tick the boxes.

Another for the 'Wish List' and I think the book cover is great as well

Meg said...

Sounds like a really cute, fun read with a lot of heart -- and I love those ten things, haha! I think we could all make a list like that... but then we wind up chucking the whole thing when the right person steps into our lives. :)

verity said...

Really glad you enjoyed it!

Nadia said...

This sounds like such a fun read! Great post, Dot! I can't wait to pick up a copy of it. Cheers!

Dot said...

Nadia- Thank you, hope that you enjoy it!

Dot said...

Nadia- Thank you, hope that you enjoy it!

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