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Kate & Alf Paperback – 9 Apr 2015
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About the Author
Carrie was born and raised in London and the suburbs, but tired of the dreary weather and her permanently pale skin, has spent the last decade living and working internationally. She is currently living in Bali, Indonesia and can often be found island hopping to far-flung places!
Her next novel, published by Harper Collins will be available in January 2017.
When not writing, Carrie works as a Psychic Medium & Spiritual Coach (www.carriebattley.com). To find out more about her, visit her author website at www.carriestone.co.uk or connect on Twitter @CarrieStoneUK
Top Customer Reviews
Kate has been in a relationship with Alf for seven years. Four yours ago she had a miscarriage, and Alf and Kate, never mention it. Two years ago Alf implied there would be a proposal within a few years. Hence it is now 2 years later, and Kate's 32nd Birthday.
Alf has planned a party and a surprise for Kate, which she is clearly hoping will be a proposal. Nothing about the party is quite what Kate wants, and seems a but surprised and how little Alf knew her. And the real surprise of the evening was a puppy, not a proposal.
Kate realises that she and Alf can't continue like this, and starts to see him in a far more negative light.
Megan is Kate's friend, and Marcus the other main character is Alf's friend, and the storyline involving the best friends was lovely.
Then there is Kate's job, she works at an old person's care home, and her friendships with some of the elderly residents are a real delight to read about.
I didn't have unrealistic expectations about this book. Normally with books I read published by Harper Impulse, I get a nice romance, which is an easy read to while away a few hours, and that is exactly what I got from this book.
Alf was just generally an unlike-able character, I really didn't like the way he was portrayed, but then again, I don't think the other characters liked him that much, and that he wasn't meant to be a loveable romantic hero.
This isn't the best book you will read this year, but if you are wanting something relatively uncomplex to read, to while away a few hours, this works well for this sort of purpose.
As a debut, its a good effort, and I will be interested to see what else Carrie Stone writes as her career progresses
Alf is a difficult character to like he puts the 'self' into selfish but he does illustrate vividly the point, you can't help who you fall in love with.
Kate puts up with Alf because her life is plagued with loss. She can't bear to be alone again. I want her to be more assertive at times but it adds to the story's realism that she isn't. I empathise with her journey and applaud her courage as she takes the steps she never thought she could.
Megan and Marcus are well written and likeable. They cleverly highlight important stages in Kate's life. The give and take in Lillian's and Vivian's rapport with Kate highlights Kate's and Alf's one sided relationship.
The story's slow pacing mirrors Kate's life and makes the good things impact in a meaningful way. I did wonder if the book would be easier to read if it was broken up into parts to coincide with these changes. The unexpected plot twists in the last few chapters make experiencing Kate's angst ridden life worthwhile for me.
'Kate and Alf' is a story of self discovery. The ending perfectly reflects Kate's emotional journey.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
I quite enjoyed this book, despite it having quite a few rough edges. I'd never come across this author before, but I'll be keeping an eye out for future books. The main characters were not the most likeable people, but they were well written, which made the book very readable. Alf, in particular, was not a nice person. He was extremely selfish, but does get his comeuppance when he takes a job elsewhere and Kate doesn't go with him. However, right from the off I was a little baffled, as the pairing of Kate and Alf doesn't really make much sense. Aside from Alf sulking when Kate goes back to one of her favourite hobbies, they just don't seem to work as a couple at all, and I'll confess to being frustrated with Kate when she kept gravitating towards him throughout the book.
Kate and Alf arc aside, the rest of the book more than made up for anything their relationship lacked. I loved reading about Kate's job at an old people's home, and the people she cared for were genuinely lovely and really cared about Kate and her happiness. There are some very touching scene's involving them towards the end of the book, which are equal parts heartbreaking and happy to read. Marcus was a interesting character as well.Read more ›
The book opens in Summer 2010 where the main character Kate is suffering a loss, she has had a miscarriage and it is evident herself and her long term partner Alf have a strong bond and a deep love for each other despite what they have been through. We then fast forward to Spring 2014 Kate is just about to celebrate her 32nd birthday and is hoping for a proposal. Alf brings her on a surprise night out to a greyhound stadium(of all places) where her friends and family are all waiting to throw her a surprise party. Tension builds as Kate awaits the expected proposal but instead she is presented with a box containing a dog tag and then out comes a cute King Charles puppy named Sam. Kate's disappoint is palpable and this sets her heart and mind working.Is Alf really the one for her if he can mess up something so huge that was surely part of the long term plan? Being a dog lover Sam offered plenty of cute opportunities throughout the book but he could have been utilised more to add a bit more wit and sparkle to the book.He could have become almost as famous as Neil the Puffin as used by Jenny Colgan in her Beach Street Bakery series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When Kate receives a puppy at her birthday party instead of a much longed for engagement ring- she has cause to re evaluate their relationship. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kim
The gorgeous cover was what initially attracted me to this book, I love the hazy colours of the skyline and the silhouette couple. Read morePublished 21 months ago by K. L. Beeden
A really lovely enjoyable book. I found to be full of the unexpected and a few little twists to keep the reader entertained. Really well written.Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
What a great book I really enjoyed it , humour, sadness and a happy ending. I will be looking forward to reading more by this author.Published 24 months ago by Kindle Customer
Really enjoyable read. Makes a change from the usual boy meets girl. This time it was boy has already met girl then both get fed up of each other and girl leaves boy. Read morePublished on 5 May 2015 by susanl
I didn,t like the care home side of this story. Viv and Lil and the other residents ? I just didn,t see the connection. Read morePublished on 3 May 2015 by grameesh
Another Harper Impulse title which caught my eye recently was the debut novel from author Carrie Stone. Read morePublished on 26 April 2015 by Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe"
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This book is about Kate who is eagerly waiting for her long-term boyfriend Alf to propose to her. Read more