by Jane Moore
Not to be confused with the relationship between Fox Mulder and Dana Skully, Jane Moore’s Ex-Files examines relationships between people with very different characters. At a push, I could extrapolate on several similarities between the stories but that really would be pushing things a bit too far.
The Ex-Files is a rom-com, but like most of Jane Moore’s stories, there is a twist. In this case the main focus of the story is Faye and Mark’s wedding weekend. Inviting four exe’s may not have been the best idea either of them has had, but as it turns out, it was not the worst.
Over the course of the weekend Faye, a successful model, comes face to face with an unexpected extra ex, the consequences of which will affect everyone involved.
Although the book deviates slightly from the traditional rom-com format, the plot is intrinsically the same as her other books. Whilst there are opportunities along the way for the plot to deviate, the end result is pretty much as I expected.
The Ex-Files is a quick and enjoyable read. Not in any way taxing but all the better for it. The characters are all well developed and the narrative fairly interesting. I enjoyed the book which provided some light relief.
by Jane Moore
The book follows a year in the life of singleton Jess Monroe. For her 34th birthday her friends set her up with an ad on an internet dating website. Despite her initial rejection of the idea she is eventually persuaded to give it go. After all, what could she lose?
A humorous insight into the foibles of the world of internet dating. But that is not all there is to this story. As the book progresses Jess must face not only her fears of loneliness, but also of mortality. Alongside the warm humour Jane is so good at is the more serious look at a family struggling to cope with serious illness. Jane mixes the two with great skill and compassion.
There are plenty of interesting characters, driven by a plot that keeps the pages turning. Will Jess find the man of her dreams on the internet? Will she see though the half-truths and lies? Or has she already found her perfect partner out in the real world?
Perfect holiday reading.
by Jane Moore
Having read only one Jane Moor novel before (Fourplay) I was expecting the same sort of thing – a light, funny chick-lit book with just enough plot to keep me amused for a couple of hours. What I actually got was a surprisingly touching story with characters I found some sympathy for.
In a nutshell, Karen and Joe Eastman have a far from perfect marriage but they are happy, never more so than when their son is born. But when they discover that young Ben has a terminal illness, their lives are changed forever. The only way they can cure Ben’s illness is by having a “designer baby”. For any parent this would be a no-brainer, but things are not as simple as they seem. Well, it wouldn’t be a very interesting book if it was would it?
For Karen and Joe, the secrets that are revealed during the search for a cure threatens to break up the whole family. They must both make very difficult decisions and face some unpalatable truths if they are going to save their son.
From the very first page, Perfect Match was compelling, emotional and entertaining and completely different from “Fourplay”. It is not exactly great literature, but it is a very engaging read.
by Jane Moore
Let’s get this straight from the start. If you want a literary masterpiece, or an essay on the trials and tribulations of of the human sole, you will be barking up the wrong tree with this one. But, if like me, you want something light and “fluffy”, this one fits the bill with bells on.
“Fourplay” follows the rather mixed up love life of wife and mother Jo who, after throwing out her husband when she discovers his affair, finds herself embroiled in a love triangle with extras! Four very different men are competing for her affections, and she just can’t decide which, if any, deserve it.
Firstly, there is her husband, Jeff, who is thrown out after a dalliance with his secretary. Then there is Conor, her brother’s best friend who has held a torch for Jo since he first met her. A car accident introduces her to the sophisticated and confident Sean, whilst successfully businessman Martin wines and dines her in an attempt to make their relationship more than just professional (Jo has her own interior design company).
There is plenty of pace and humour, with some interesting and at time hilarious insights into relationships and how they can go so wrong.
For Jo, helped by her brother Tim and friend Rosie, finding the right man is proving to be a minefield, not helped her mother’s campaign to get her back with her husband.
I actually read the book in just a few days. It was easy to follow and kept my interest from the very beginning.
A great holiday read.