Jennifer Young's debut romantic novel set partly in Scotland and partly in Majorca brought a breath of refreshing reality to the genre. Abby Mortimer is grieving her father when Edward's insensitivity derails any healing going on. Scurrying off to big sister, Liv, at her hotel in Majorca, introduces a host of problems and a delicious Spaniard for Abby to cope with. I so much enjoyed a heroine who was multi-faceted and competent. A heroine who had a professional skill and a hobby, but knew the difference, was interesting and entertaining by turn. Young uses the scenery and the differences between St Andrews and Majorca to excellent effect and you can feel the heat of the sun and the sting of the wind. The resolution was cleverly thought through and the endings for all the characters were, as in life, happy for the moment. I recommend highly. Anne Stenhouse
Abby’s having something of a meltdown. Just after the death of her father, her long-time boyfriend, Edward, tells her he’s met someone else – plus she’s uncertain what she wants to do in her career as a graphic designer. Fortunately her sister is married to a Majorcan hotelier and Abby flees to the island to get away from her problems. There, a complication arises in the delicious shape of Rafa ,the hotel’s piano player. So how will Abby choose between them when Edward turns up and apologises? Jennifer Young keeps us guessing. A satisfying read with a great sense of place.
A completely enjoyable romance set in two beautfiul settings, St Andrews in Scotland and the Balearic Islands, both of which are brought completely to life. Slow moving, engaging story with likeable and believable characters. And the very attractive (but imperfect) hero doesn't go amiss. Thoroughly recommended.
A brilliant read. A romantic novel with a few twists in it which definitely made it a more interesting story. Well written characters, especially Abby and Rafa"s. You really felt their desire to do something different with their lives. Looking forward to the next book
Abby has to restart her life, having given up a job to help her mother look after her father throughout the illness which finally took his life. In chilly St. Andrews she's on the verge of marriage to her long-time boyfriend. She expects an engagement and return to her old job. Almost immediately, she has to face another crisis. It's all too much. Having a sister married to a Majorcan hotellier, she leaves quickly for some sisterly comfort and Mediterranean sunshine. The reader can almost feel the welcome warmth and light and smell the rosemary growing among the rocks. Things are not, however, so simple. The author explores delicately the elaboration of her grief, her relationships with her mother and sister, and the complicated romantic situation which leaves her wondering about her future. What qualtities will she look for in the man of her life? How important is her future career? - The ending involves a few surprises for Abby and a bit of a surprise for the reader! The story is well written, well developed. It's not a thriller, the suspense is all in the personal relationships, but it's a most enjoyable read.
Thank You For The Music opens with a surprise, and there are a few more to come in this nicely written tale of love and heartbreak. Scottish and Majorcan beaches are both vividly described and I really 'saw' the hotel and the handsome hero, Rafa. Ellie is a type, but has her own personality and there are some nice twists in the tale. When ex Edward reappears, it looks as though heroine Abby has some choices to make. Jennifer Young has a lovely turn of phrase and this is a pleasant read, perfect for that holiday on the beach!
Thank You for the Music is a very satisfying read from debut author, Jennifer Young. I loved both settings, Scotland and Majorca, and each added an authentic sense of place to the unfolding story. It was good to have Rafa’s point of view as well as Abby’s and I enjoyed the music theme running through the book. Good character twist near the end!