Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Book Review: Tell That To My Heart

By Sara Steven

Jemima Dewberry wears her heart on her sleeve. Her weakness for bad boys, coupled with her track record for making bad decisions has led to endless heartbreak. The only trouble is, she can’t seem to kick the habit.

On top of that, her “dream” job at Yorkshire Portions magazine hasn’t turned out to be what she’d hoped, and she seems to have developed the knack of annoying her boss without even trying. It doesn’t help that the new girl seems to have taken an instant dislike to her. All that’s keeping her there are her best friends Anna-Lisa and Aidey, who have picked up the pieces of her shattered heart more times than they care to remember.

When Jemima’s latest boyfriend turns out to be no better than the rest, the hurt and humiliation is almost unbearable. She declares she’s finally through with love, and swears off men for life. But when charismatic Caspar De Verre walks into the office with his dangerous good looks and mesmerising smile, she’s utterly captivated, and her promises to Anna-Lisa and Aidey not to let her heart rule her head are soon forgotten.

But is Caspar all he seems? Anna-Lisa and Aidey have their doubts. And Herbert, the happy-go-lucky black Labrador Jemima’s looking after, doesn’t seem to like him either.

As Jemima falls for Caspar’s charms she finds herself being forced to confront the struggle between her head and her heart. But which one will prove the most powerful?

And will Jemima get the happy-ever-after she so desperately craves? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

I couldn’t help but feel for Jemima, or “Mim” as she’s known to her friends and family. She is a sweetheart of a character who does her very best where relationships are concerned, yet she can’t seem to find someone who will treat her the way she deserves to be treated. Add to that the constant contention with her boss, as well as the new girl Honey, who is the complete opposite of Mim. If I had a list of contemptible characters, Honey would be a quick addition to it. Mim’s work life would be completely volatile if not for her best friends, Anna-Lisa and Aidey. They provided a nice balance to the drama Mim finds herself in at nearly every turn.

It doesn’t get much better after Caspar is in the picture. While Mim falls head over heels for the new man in the office, Anna-Lisa and Aidey have a lot of issues with him. Even Mim has doubts that mingle with the obvious attraction she feels for Caspar. There are layers of intrigue and questionable opinions on who he really is and what he is about. She also questions his loyalty and the ultimate outcome he’s looking for when it comes to their relationship. I felt the utter confusion and profound murkiness that can only come from an undefined beginning. Mim isn’t quite sure where she stands.

There were plenty of scenarios within Tell That To My Heart that clearly defined who Honey is. I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride, with highs and lows for Mim. On the one hand, she can’t seem to escape the clutches of Honey, and then on the other hand, she doesn’t really want to escape the clutches of Caspar and wonders why she feels that way. She walks a fine line that only blurs into thinner margins the more in depth the storyline goes, and it made me wonder where her pressing point would be. How far will she go before she can’t take anymore? The catalyst comes by way of something sinister and completely unforeseen.

While I appreciated the ending and was glad to see how everything had come to fruition for Mim, I felt like it ended a bit abruptly. I would have liked to see a bit more. With that said, however, I enjoyed her story and really, her opportunity in making choices that might ultimately change the course of her life forever. And this has to be said: Herbert the black Labrador? A great character addition. He appeared life-like and lovable and made me yearn to add another pet to my family!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase links:
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Eliza J. Scott is proud to be a member of the RNA. She lives in a 17th-century cottage in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.

When she's not reading or gardening, Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Her biggest weakness is ginger biscuits dunked in tea.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. She enjoys exploring the dynamics of female friendship, with a key feature of her books being how women pull together and support one another when things get tough.

Eliza's novels will always have happy endings.

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