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By Virtue Fall: the perfect heartwarming romance for a cold winter night (The Shakespeare Sisters) Paperback – 11 Oct. 2018
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- Publisher : Piatkus (11 Oct. 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0349415536
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349415536
- Dimensions : 20 x 2.2 x 13.1 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 358,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Love blooms when you least expect it . . .
Juliet Shakespeare is done with love. With a growing floristry business and an adorable daughter to raise, life after separating from her husband is complicated enough - the last thing she needs is a man.
But when handsome single father, Ryan Sutherland, arrives in town, everything changes. As much as she tries to distract herself, Juliet can't help but be drawn to the easy-going Romeo next door and the way he makes her feel.
Photographer Ryan is only back in his hometown for a few months so there's no point falling for someone he'll just have to say goodbye to. But he didn't account for Juliet - the intriguing and beautiful, red-haired woman next door. And in her, he might just have found everything he ever wanted . . .
'Simply a wonderful read' A Spoonful of Happy Endings
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We meet Juliet about six months into her divorce proceedings. She just wants to settle into her new home with her daughter Poppy, establish her business, and negotiate a favourable divorce settlement. She tries to steer clear of her soon-to-be ex-husband’s temper, so as to not upset her careful balance. She is definitely not looking for love.
Enter Ryan, moving back to his hometown after years of absence. Coincidentally, he moves in next-door to Juliet. Poppy quickly befriends Ryan’s son Charlie, and as a result Juliet is often exposed to him. Their attraction is mutual and immediate, but they both have their reasons to fight it. The scenes where they obviously struggle to contain themselves are full of sizzling UST, which raises anticipation for when they finally give into their feelings.
Juliet’s British heritage shines through in her language and mannerisms, which I really liked. It shows the reality of retaining bits of where you came from. I also highly enjoyed her interactions with her sisters, which made me want to pick up the other books in the series as well.
It is clear that Juliet is working to carve out a new life for herself and finding her own identity. She tries to follow her passions and strives to be responsible. I found her very likeable, although I’d have preferred for her to stand up for herself some more in regards to her ex-husband.
Ryan is the right guy at what at first looks like the wrong time. He’s a breath of fresh air in a town where everyone knows everyone’s business, and where Juliet finds herself left out since her separation. He’s clearly into her, but doesn’t want to rush or pressure her. Earning points there, Ryan. Not hiding his desire for her, though? That’s downright swoon-inducing.
I really disliked Thomas, which is a testament to the character description. I found him selfish and unreasonable, a master of double standards. At times I wanted to just pummel him. It was interesting to see how Juliet dealt with that.
Juliet and Ryan's story is about moving forward and of starting a new life after they have both had a bad start. Ryan is estranged from his family and Juliet is getting through a bad divorce as best as she can from a man that cheated on her but tries to blame her for all his misgivings. Juliet and Ryan become neighbours and a mutual attraction becomes apparent between them that neither of them can stop from happening.
This is a beautifully written story and Carrie writes with such deep heartfelt emotion, she manages to capture the mood of her characters so well on paper that you start to feel everything that they feel right along with them. This book has romance in abundance and a storyline that had me gripped so much that I just couldn't put this book down even though I didn't want it to end. Her narrative and attention to detail gets your imagination running wild, so that you can see everything in your head as the story plays out. I absolutely loved this book, it was an absolute pleasure to read and will be sure to read more from this author in the future.
5 wonderful stars!
The man next door intrigued Juliet, try as she might to simply live life and build a life for her daughter, she couldn’t ignore her new neighbour. Will this be the happiness she deserves?
The Shakespeare Sister series is one I have thoroughly enjoyed and loved every minute of. I’m sad to see this series end. However, Carrie Elks has not disappointed with the fourth and final book in the series. I was hooked to Juliet’s story from start to finish, and I honestly struggled to put this book down.
I loved Juliet, even though the last year or so had been hell for her, she was still very upbeat and wasn’t going to let life bring her or her daughter down. She worked hard to be able to fend for herself and not rely on her ex husband who at ever turn tried to control her every move. Her strength and determination are an inspiration to everyone.
By Virtue Fall is a story that has that perfect balance of heartache, humour and romance. I loved how Juliet and those she chooses to surround herself with, were about embracing life and having fun. Her neighbour was a great guy, supportive, friendly, and fun, it was hard to not get sucked in by the happiness that surrounded him.
Carrie Elks has delivered another fabulous story, and one fantastic series, one of my top reads for 2018!