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Please Don't Stop The Music Paperback – 1 Feb 2011
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Winner of the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year & the Romantic Comedy award.
The panel of judges described Jane's voice as 'fresh and new with an unexpected hero', and included WH Smith's Matt Bates, Foyles' Jonathan Ruppin, Jane Mays from The Daily Mail and The Bookseller's Sarah Broadhurst. Please Don't Stop the Music was singled out by the judges for its 'dark undertones' and for engaging with 'issues a lot of people recognise'.--The Romantic Novelists' Association
Winner of the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year Award. --Romantic Novelists' Association
~From the start I found myself connecting with the characters. They were believable and I could imagine them as real people. The two main characters, Ben and Jemina both have underlying secrets and as the book progresses, are hinted at. This made me want to keep reading to find out all the whys and hows .... ... I actually found it rather more upmarket than other chick lit. Yes, it was easy to read but with a great plot, really believable characters and lots of laugh-out-loud moments - I loved it! Jane Lovering is definitely an author on my reading list now - I can't wait for her next book!~ --Belinda, Editor. Families, Vale of York Magazine.
About the Author
Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats and two dogs! She works in a local school and also teaches creative writing. Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and has a first class honours degree in creative writing. Jane writes romantic comedies which are often described as 'quirky'. Her debut Please Don't Stop the Music won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Best Romantic Comedy Novel award from the Romantic Novelists' Association.
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Jemima is a struggling jewellery maker who bumbles into a tiny guitar shop in a York backstreet and persuades shop owner Ben to sell her music-themed belt buckles. Her friends recognise Ben and tell her that he was once in a very successful indie rock band until he inexplicably abandoned them mid-tour and disappeared from the music scene. Jemima is intrigued by this and wants to encourage him to start playing guitar again - probably because she too has a history of disappearing from situations.
Meanwhile, they enjoy an increasingly delicious banter. Although initially Ben left her with the impression of a 'skeleton wearing hair', she starts to find him kind and funny, and notices a handsome smile, a guitarist's sinewy arms beneath the old t shirt... Pages from Ben's diary show that he is gradually letting the 'cute, skinny but scared-looking' girl under his skin. It all jiggles along nicely - for me - until Jemima and Ben's Dark Secrets are revealed.
I found their back stories (and that of Jemima's friend, Rosie) somewhat over-dramatic and unfeasible - and in Rosie's case, distasteful and out of character. Unfortunately I can't go into my reasons without creating enormous spoilers. However, it says something about the strengths of this novel that I seemed to over-write these in my mind (all's well that ends well!) and still want to give a four (four and a half?) star review.
This book, without giving away the storyline has some good twists, a couple which I sort of guessed along the way and a couple which took me by surprise. It was one of those books, whcih I didnt rush to pick up, but I was sat down woudl automatically pick up and read a good couple of chapters however towards the end, just didnt want to put this book down.
I feel that we get to know Jemima, and Ben ( the main guy in the book ) and that you want to see how the relationship is going to go however there are parts where you just want to shout and shake them to try and knock some sense into them. Aslo we go into Ben's past as this is a main part of the storyline, and we dabble into Jemima past, but again this is also one of the twist ( one of the ones I sort of guessed ).
I found it hard to bond with the male romantic lead, Ben, who was apparently stone deaf. And yet this bombshell secret wasn't discovered for ages. I once met a husband and wife who were both stone deaf. Trying to understand them when they spoke was a challenge - loads of slurring as if they were majorly drunk - so for me personally, Ben's total deafness wasn't believable. I was intrigued about Jemima and felt sorry for her until she ducked out on Ben and ran off to Scotland. At that point I thoroughly disliked her and felt as though the whole 'running away from self' thing had gone on a bit too long.
Overall a reasonably entertaining read.
I had guessed the identity of the baby's father very early on and worked out why the unpleasant character was acting as she did, but that didn't spoil it for me.
I found myself trying to work out what on earth could be so bad for each of the two main characters, that they could never speak of it to anyone, but I certainly couldn't have come up with Ben's story, nor did I work out Jem's history.
This is a pleasant way of passing a couple of hours and I didn't feel that I had wasted the time.
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