- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1939 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publisher: Carina (19 Oct. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013L2OJLE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amy Lavender is instantly recognisable as being similar to more than a few 'celebrities' over the years. She makes a mistake, one which is caught on camera, and suffers professionally as a result. In order to try and gain her 'celebrity' status once more she is forced to take part in reality tv.
In order to achieve her goals Amy has to do things she really shouldn't, and at the same time learn to dance when she has two left feet. Misunderstandings ensue and she finds herself doubting her own decisions. But are they her decisions, or ones she has been forced to make?
I loved the character of Cora, Amy's upstairs neighbour. When Amy meets Cora she instantly bonds with her. Cora is able to help Amy in ways she couldn't have imagined. And, in a way, Amy repays that favour to Cora right at the end of the story.
The story becomes something more than Amy's as we begin to learn more about Cora's early life and what brought her to make the decisions which dictated how her life ended up. Cora's story is my favourite part of the book. Don't get me wrong, the book as a whole is a great read, Amy's antics are very funny, and her story is a good one. But Cora's story helped make this book, for me at least, what it is.
I recommend this book to fans of Strictly, and also to anyone who wants a feel good story with so much more depth to it than some I have read.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Carina for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Kerry Barrett is a seriously talented writer with a lovely, warm author voice and the ability to completely immerse the reader in her engaging prose.
Just like Amy there is far more to this book than glitter and sparkle. Another story runs throughout the book; Cora's story. Cora now in her nineties lost the man she loved at the end of war. It is the combination of both of these stories set against the Strictly glitter and glamour which gives it depth and makes this book so magical.
On the outside Amy seems to have it all. A buffed boyfriend, celebrating lifestyle and a good part in a soap. Amy has always loved acting but as she finds herself drawn more and more into the celebrity lifestyle she loses contact with her dream of being a serious actress. I really liked Amy she was so easy to emphasise with. Amy has two left feet but when she loses both her boyfriend and her job she accepts a place on Strictly. With no job and nowhere to live she acquires a low rent apartment agreeing to keep an eye on the old lady upstairs. Amy is walking disaster but there is more to Amy than meets the eye. Partnered with the equally buffed Patrick a love triangle of sorts emerges.
This is my first Kerry Bennet but it is so well written with a great plot, easy dialogue and well developed characters that I will be looking for more by this author.
There aren't enough stars for this fun, deeper than expected witty and relaxing read.
(Review copy gratefully received from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
A Step in Time is definitely a book for fans of Strictly Come Dancing, or other ballroom dance TV shows, and even if you aren't, like me, I was still able to enjoy the story, and wished I knew more about the various ballroom dances, to picture them fully as I read this.
After a public brawl with the reality TV star seen kissing Amy's almost fiancee, Amy is in public disgrace, and her soap opera drops her, and all the endorsements she had start drying up. Amy's only option according to her agent Babs, is to take part and preferably win a reality TV competition.
The problem is the only one that Babs can get Amy on is Strictly Stars Dancing, and Amy has two left feet. Added to the fact there may have been a slight incident with her dance partner the night before they are paired up, and Amy is off to a rocky start to repair her career.
Although Amy's story is light hearted and fun and by itself would have made an enjoyable book, but possibly lacking substance.. we are also treated to Cora's story. Cora is the older lady in the apartment above the one Amy has to move into. Amy has agreed to keep an eye on Cora, but if anything its the other way around, as Cora takes Amy under her wing.
In turn we learn about Cora, and her war time romance, which is really bittersweet. Cora is an elegant and wonderful character and also used to teach dance, so helps Amy a lot.
I really enjoyed seeing Amy's interactions with Cora, Patrick her dance partner, Matty the ex-boyfriend, as well as Cora's best friend.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was easy to read, had likeable characters and a good story. I was reading it on my commute and was always disappointed when the train got in and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ann J
I really loved this book and couldn't put it down. Great character building - you really feel like you get to know the main characters well. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs D K Pepe
What a great book! Loved it! Funny, sad, exciting, romantic, intriguing - what more can you want!Published 10 months ago by Libro
I've loved all of Kerry Barrett's books but so far this is my favourite! I loved the balance between Amy's Strictly storyline and her feelings about her reality TV star life, and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Writergirl
I absolutely loved this story but don't judge it wholly by the cover. True, it is perfect for fans of Strictly (of which I am one) with Amy's story as she faces the sack from her... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Annie Peters
A light entertaining read - good for reading when on the beach/beside the poolPublished 13 months ago by Margaret Clark
Not my usual type of book but the cover and rave review from a friend made me buy it.
Cora's story alone had me gripped and with Amy being a starlet who wanted to reach... Read more
Although a complete move away from the previous books and the world of witch craft this story was still magical. Read morePublished 17 months ago by MiniMillis
Get yourself a cup of tea, a cosy sofa and snuggle up with this book! Having read (and loved) all of Kerry Barrett's pervious books, this is by far my favourite. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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