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Sweet Nothing (Choc Lit) (21st Century Bard) by [May, Alison]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3021 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (28 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GZ4577Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With Much Ado About Nothing being my favourite of Shakespeare's works, I was excited to read this story.

Alison May created a story that was filled with likeable characters, a story where you want the characters to have the best outcome possible,
For me the characters made this book, they were what kept me turning the page.
There was something lovely and empowering, reading about such a strong heroine and Trix is definitely that, if not also a little fiery!

My problem is that I didn't find the flow of the story easy, the narrative changed several times and it was a confusing transition for me.
I hate the fact that I let the narrative changes stop this book from gripping me because honestly the characters are great.
It's a shame that with all the descriptiveness that went into the story the ending felt rushed.

Ultimately though it is a nice tale of romance.
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This is the second time I've read this and I enjoyed it just as much the second time! I am a great fan of Alison's Shakespeare themed books and, although I know less about Much Ado, I was still hooked from the start.
If you know the story of Much Ado About Nothing - then you (more or less) know the story of Sweet Nothing.

It is the story of two couples, Ben & Trix and Claudio & Henri. The background characters have a great deal of influence and indeed change the whole direction of the plot. I like Alison's version because she is so good with emotions. I felt I really got to know Ben & Trix - and Henri in shock was described perfectly!

An excellent read and I do hope we will get another Shakespearean treat from Alison!
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Incomplete!! Why after dealing with lovely characters and a good read does the author give a rushed ending? So just when you are beginning to enjoy the story it comes to a sudden end. I would have liked to know what happens to the characters after such a lengthy description. It's okay if you do not like the original Shakespeare so much. I did.
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3.5 Stars

I am convinced I never noticed the bit about this being a retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, when I originally bought this book. It is not one of Shakespeare's plays that I know anything about, and I can't work out whether this put me at an advantage or disadvantage as I started this book.

At least I had no pre-conceptions as to the story, and was happy to go with the flow. We have best friends Trix and Henri, who work and live together. We also have brothers of Italian descent Ben and Claudio.

Henri and Claudio had one date a year ago and then Claudio spent the year in Italy, and they emailed each other daily. She is very excited about seeing him again. Trix though doesn't really appear to get on with Ben, and it turns out he broke her heart when they were at uni.

The story is split into the various points of view, of the girls and the boys, and we also jump back and forth in their timeline, to up to twenty years previous, to get insights into Trix and Ben's previous relationship, and all of their childhoods. We discover something upsetting that has clearly had a long term affect on Henri and definitely explains some of her personality traits.

I enjoyed the way Alison May crafted the story, and you really got a feel for the four main characters distinctive personalities, and seeing Ben's thoughts were as awkward as seeing him in conversation. He is a maths geek, and just slightly socially awkward. Henri is a people pleaser, Claudio is I would say manipulative towards woman, but charming with it, and Trix seems like a regular girl.

This is a cleverly interwoven tale of the protaganists, as we see if they will or won't get together. It is well paced, although I felt the book finished a bit abruptly.
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No messing around folks! Here's a story about multiple couples and the ins and outs of their various relationships, as told by each person per a chapter. Individual quirks abound, but all are believable people that you'll fall in love with, each in a different way. Sweet Nothing will give you a 'sweet' feeling in that special place, but with enough of a 'bitter' aftertaste in just the right places too.

Treat yourself to it, lie back on the sofa, switch off that phone (yes, it is possible, even these days), pour a glass of your favourite tipple and have a bowl of nibbles handy as you immerse yourself into a touching romantic novel to savour.
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This is a contemporary novel, classed as Chick Lit. It is a well written book and a good read, although not a thrill-a-minute, there is enough going on to keep your attention with some surprises along the way.

Other reviewers have mentioned it being a take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, not having read this particular piece of Shakespeare I had no idea what they were talking about and to my mind it is a great stand-alone novel.

I am not sure which big city it was set in, I presume it wasn't London as travel seems to be reasonably easy, public transport and by car, so I’ve imagined a middle sized English market town.

Each chapter is written in first person of a particular character which leant a certain charm to the book as you understand each person’s particular perspective, even going back a decade, weeks or months made it an interesting read in how the characters have developed in to adulthood.
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