Thursday 28 July 2016

Review: The Trouble with Henry and Zoe by Andy Jones


Henry and Zoe have more in common than they realise. For a start, they both have pasts they'd rather leave behind.

After jilting his childhood sweetheart on the eve of their wedding in the small town where they both grew up, Henry runs away to London, planning to reinvent himself and start afresh.

Zoe has her own healing to do and so she plans to leave London, travel the world, and figure out just what it is she wants out of life. She doesn't know where she's going, but she is determined to go there alone.

If Henry and Zoe had met one year ago, perhaps things could have worked out differently. But that's not the way it works; they meet seven months after their worlds have been turned upside down. And four months before Zoe is due to climb on a plane...

I have been approached by the publicist about this book and while its not my favourite genre i do sometimes like to read a good chick lit. I haven't read one in a while so it was certainly the right time. The Trouble with Henry and Zoe is the story, of well Henry and Zoe. Starting with two separate stories really. Henry's story begins on his wedding day, where he finds himself really unsure weather he really loves his childhood sweetheart or not. Making a tough decision he runs away to London. Zoe's story begins with her questioning her relationship too. But fate has other plans for her and she finds herself planning to travel the world. They couldn't have met at a more inconvenient time, but they do anyway...

I am not going to lie I have a few little issues with this book, one being that I didn't really feel any real connection between Henry and Zoe. Which is a bit of a bummer as i like to fall in love along side my book characters. The other being a lot of their conversations, they was almost to much like insider jokes, I didn't always get it. Not only that its as if they was all constantly interrupting each other and finishing each others sentences. It seemed like they always knew what the other one wanted to say before they even did and I wasn't able to always see why.

But I still rather enjoyed this book. It was very real and honest. It paints a very realistic picture of relationships in a way that is believable and not to soppy. With two very likable characters it was an easy book to pick up at every opportunity. During the story we are going through all the emotions, with many sad parts and equally many that made me laugh out loud. The book left me feeling that anything is possible no matter what life throws at you, it is possible to start again. And it is never to late to find and reinvent yourself. Quite the opposite actually, it inspires to try something new if you are unhappy with something, be it your love life or be it your job. You never know what you may find.

It is not a book that will haunt me for a long time but nevertheless it is totally worth a read. This would be perfect on a holiday in the sunshine somewhere... even if it takes you back to rainy London.

Honest, funny and inspiring.

The Trouble with Henry and Zoe is out today, 28th July.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for my copy.

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