Today's book review is Lovers by Fran Clark. I'd previously read and reviewed another of her books, written under the pseudonym, Rosa Temple. That book was called The Slow Lane Walkers Club and was a charming story that I enjoyed a lot - you'll find my review here on one of my earlier blogs.
Thank you Fran for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to reading more of your books. 📚
Fran Clark writes Women’s Fiction, both contemporary and historical. Her first novel was published by Indigo Dreams in 2014. In the same year she achieved a Distinction in her Creative Writing MA from Brunel University. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize. In February 2024, her Island Secrets Book Series will be published, starting with Holding Paradise Book 1. Originally from London, Fran moved to the English countryside with her musician husband. A musician herself, Fran teaches vocals and leads a local choir. She has two sons. Fran also writes under the pseudonym, Rosa Temple, writing contemporary fiction and published by HQ Digital and Simon & Schuster UK.
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A chance meeting sparks a journey of love, loss, and hope in this evocative story that begins in London’s Soho, 1983.
Charlie is captivated by the female singer in a blues band at the Soho Cellar and is about to begin a love story that was never meant to be.
Fast forward to 2020 and the lives of five West London strangers intertwine, pulling them into the heart of Charlie’s story. As they search for friendship, compassion, and love, they must each take a chance and risk it all.
In this heartwarming story of fate and second chances, will a perfect stranger become a perfect lover?
Lovers is a story that captivates from page one. It follows the lives of five people who initially are strangers. However, coincidence and fate bring them together subtly and beautifully in this book. Fran Clark cleverly interweaves these lives together in a touching and moving story that'll have the reader reaching for the tissues and feeling every wave of emotion along with these characters. Each character jumps from the page as a real person. I became so immersed in this book that there were many moments when I forgot that these characters weren't real! They're all a figment of Fran Clark's amazing imagination and huge talent for creating stories.
Lovers is a book where there are a number of storylines which ultimately become one. A genius of a book and one which even a person with the coldest heart would warm to and empathise with. Not once was there a moment when I was tempted to skip a paragraph or two. On the contrary, I needed to know what happened to the characters, and how their stories progressed - why? Because I cared for each and every character. Their stories captivated me.
I'm not a fan of romantic fiction. Usually, I'm drawn to mystery, supernatural, historical or crime fiction, but Lovers has changed all that.
Thank you for reading my latest blog/review. I hope you enjoyed it.
Until next time, take care and happy reading 📖