Monday, March 25, 2013

Book Review: Sophie's Run

By Melissa Amster

Sophie Penhalligan is back....with a vengeance! (Not really, I just thought that would be fun to say.) This time, she isn't being forced to choose between two men. However, her story still comes action-packed with plenty of drama and lots of twists. Hopefully, you've read Sophie's Turn so that you're all caught up and I'm not spoiling anything. If not, read no further until you've delved into that novel. at your own risk. Just don't say you weren't warned.

After turning down proposals from Tim (her now ex-fiance) and Dan (her rocker friend who still wants to be part of her life anyway), Sophie finds the guy with whom she is meant to fall in love. And then he disappears, leaving her to only hope she'll find him again somehow. When she does, the results are rewarding, until one heartbreaking day when her world comes crashing around her, thanks to a misunderstanding with her new love and her best friend's betrayal. What else is Sophie to do but run....far away! Will she even want to be found by those she cares about most, even though they hurt her terribly?

I found it very easy to get into Sophie's Run, right from the beginning. It picked up seamlessly from where it left off and even though I read Sophie's Turn a while back (reviewed here), I had no problem remembering what happened from one book to the next. I found Sophie to be more likable than she was before, even though I felt she over-reacted and jumped to conclusions in regards to both the misunderstanding and the betrayal. It was like she made everything all about herself instead of considering what was going on in other peoples' lives. Still, she seemed less uptight this time around, which made her more fun and entertaining. I enjoyed living vicariously through her, like when she got to travel or do fun things with Dan. How cool would it be to be best friends with a rock star, no strings attached?!? (Not that some of us would mind the strings....just saying.) I appreciated the "Rocky Horror" references at one point in the story, but that's just me and my nostalgic side.

There was really a lot of drama this time around. That made for a very long story, where some scenes got dragged out several chapters. I think they could have been cut down and the story still would have flowed nicely. And although I mentioned Sophie's exaggerated reaction to the misunderstanding and betrayal, I liked where it led her. That part of the story was very interesting and made me feel like even more of an armchair traveler.

Now that I've become strongly acquainted with Sophie through two books, I'm interested to see where the next book will take her and what adventures she'll face along the way.

In the meantime, here are some treats for you:

Nicky Wells is giving away one delicious chocolate gift to a lucky winner in the UK or North America!

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The small print: This Gift prize is a product of Unique Chocolate. The Gift prize is subject to availability in your country. If the Gift prize is not available in your country, Nicky Wells reserves the right to offer a substitute gift prize of a similar nature at her discretion. Nicky Wells will require the winner’s postal address for shipping purposes.

Bonus Giveaway: Nicky Wells offers a giveaway of ONE Amazon gift voucher worth $20/£15 for one lucky winner. To enter, simply share your thoughts on Sophie’s Run with Nicky. Email your comments to and your name will be entered into the drawing. Competition closes May 1, 2013.

Thanks to Nicky for the e-book in exchange for an honest review.

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Nicky Wells said...

Hi Melissa, thank you so much for sharing your review of Sophie's Run here today. I am so excited that you connected with Sophie and took part in her journey. :-) Personally I'd quite like to be friends with a rock star, with or without strings (although my OH might have other opinions on that matter, LOL).

Here's wishing good luck to all giveaway entrants ~ this is a brand new round of chocolate giveaway so anyone can enter, even if you've already entered in a previous round! Rock on!

Book Mama said...

Thank you for telling us about this book. It sounds great and I look forward to reading it :)

Nicky Wells said...

Hi Marlene, thanks for visiting and commenting, it's so lovely to hear from you. Happy reading if you do get a chance ~ and good luck if you've entered the chocolate giveaway!!! :-) x

Jessica said...

Sounds like a good book!

Sheryl Browne said...

Another excellent review! I have to say, I can't get enough of Sophie ... and Dan! :) Thanks for sharing, Melissa!

Nicky Wells said...

Hello Jessica and Sheryl, thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! :-) Rock on and good luck with the giveaway! XX

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for the review! I too am looking forward to seeing where book three takes us!

bn100 said...

Very nice review

Nicky Wells said...

Thanks for visiting, Steph and bn100, glad you enjoyed the review. Good luck with the giveaways.... X

Maureen said...

I haven't read the first story but it sounds like an interesting series.

Nicky Wells said...

Hello Maureen, thanks for your comment. You don't have to read Sophie's Turn to enjoy Sophie's Run. I've heard from readers who've dived straight into Sophie's Run and they found the backstory sufficient to get swept up in the plot. But obviously there's a lot of fun going on in Sophie's Turn, too, so I consider it well worth a read (but then I'm biased, LOL). Thank you so much for visiting and good luck with the giveaway, if you've entered. Oh and ~ don't forget to get in touch if you do get a chance to read either book, there's a bonus giveaway in play here... Rock on! XX