Thursday, June 23, 2016

Learning to Love by Sheryl Browne - Double Book Review & Giveaway

About Sheryl Browne

Heartache, humor, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you sassy, sexy, heart-wrenching fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for the Best Romantic e-book Love Stories Award 2015, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

Recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer, Sheryl’s contemporary fiction comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.

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Review by Anniek

Andrea lives in a small town where everybody knows each other. She shares a house with her three children, her boyfriend, soon to be fiancé, Jonathan, her mother, who is suffering from early onset dementia, and her dog Dougal. Her household is full of chaos and Andrea wants to take a little bit of time back for herself. She has very good taste in vintage clothes and accessories. Andrea would love to quit her teaching job to start her own business. Jonathan is not really supportive about anything Andrea does though.

David Adams is the new doctor in town. He just moved with his son Jake to a nice quiet location. David hopes that he can find a way to get close to Jake again. The boy has lost his mother to a terrible illness. David thinks he failed his wife and this makes him feel guilty and sad. He wants his son to be connected to him again, but David doesn't think that will happen any time soon.

When Andrea is supposed to go out on a date with Jonathan he doesn't show up. On her way home she spots the fire trucks and firemen are trying to control the flames that are burning her house down. Andrea is scared for her family, but luckily her son Ryan noticed the smoke and together with David they got everybody out on time. Having nothing but the clothes on their backs David takes them in. Jonathan is nowhere to be found, so Andrea has to face these struggles alone...

While I was reading Learning to Love I was amazed with the strength Andrea showed. She is a great mother and an amazing daughter who chooses to take care of her whole family. Even with everything that is happening Andrea keeps standing tall and she has a big forgiving heart. She is going through so much and she always manages to stay positive, while many people would probably break down under the pressure. David is such a sweet and kind man. It doesn't show all the time, because of the frustration he feels about the situation, but he truly cares about people.

The eldest children are real teenagers. Sheryl Browne's descriptions of her younger characters are spot-on. Little Chloe sounds adorable and is a sweet toddler. I absolutely devoured Learning to Love. Your house burning down with your loved ones inside must be the worst possible nightmare. The story evolves naturally and I believed every word. I already was a big fan of Sheryl's work and this book only added to that.

Learning to Love will make you go through all kinds of different emotions. It is an amazing story about love, loss, betrayal and learning to love again through all the pain and chaos. Sheryl Browne writes about the early stages of dementia with so much dignity and it truly captures the essence of what it means when this happens within your family.

If Sheryl Browne is a new author to you I highly recommend any of her books, since I know she will pull you in with the fiery way she writes her stories. If you have read a book written by her you are without doubt already a fan and I'd highly recommend for you to pick up Learning to Love as soon as you can.

Review by Suze

Andrea and Jonathan are going through a rough patch in their relationship. When they are supposed to have dinner at their favorite restaurant together he even stands her up. At the same moment their house burns down. Andrea, who's taking care of her forgetful mother and three children, has nowhere to go. Fortunately her new neighbor David, who's just moved into the area, offers them a place to stay. Andrea and her family bring some much needed liveliness into their new temporary home. David is getting used to raising a son by himself and he needs help to improve their relationship. He's a GP and seems to be able to be there for others, but not for himself.

While Andrea is waiting for insurance money Jonathan keeps being absent. There's something strange going on and she has no idea what. While being away from Jonathan she has the chance to think about her fiancé-to-be and what they still mean to each other. He doesn't want her to follow her dream of opening her own shop and he isn't particularly friendly about her mother. David on the other hand is kind and he's there when she needs him, while the man she's supposed to get married to is nowhere to be seen. Andrea has lost so much, will she lose even more or will she also gain something from these unfortunate circumstances?

Learning to Love is a wonderful romantic story. Andrea and David are both warm and caring people and it was a joy to read about their kindness. They went through a lot and they truly deserve happiness. Life is unfair sometimes and Sheryl Browne writes about the sad parts in an empathetic way. I could feel the grief and the misery. The happy times are being described in a spirited cheerful way and they put a smile on my face. There's a great balance between the positive and the negative, which is something I enjoyed very much.

Sheryl Browne's writing is energetic and uplifting. Her stories are whirlwinds made of beautifully controlled chaos. I love that she has such a unique characteristic style. The enthusiasm she has for writing oozes of the pages, which is absolutely fantastic. I like that she writes about people who are human, characters with flaws. It makes them more realistic and approachable and they're even more lovable because of those character traits. It takes me seconds to start sympathizing with them and I laugh when they are happy and cry when they are going through a difficult time. I really like this way of telling a story.

Learning to Love is set in a small town and I'm a big fan of them. Andrea doesn't have a rich social life and David's just moved there, so there aren't that many nosy neighbors, but the inhabitants who are on the scene are fascinating. Sheryl Browne loves writing about animals and the dogs in the story have distinct personalities. I absolutely adored them. The joint families are good together and I loved the cozy feeling of the household. Every detail in this story is exactly as it should be. I really enjoyed reading this brilliant book, it's compelling, gripping, moving and heartwarming.


One international winner will receive a digital copy of Learning to Love. One winner from the UK will receive a paperback copy of the story. Good luck!


  1. The cover is amazing and the plot is intriguing.

    1. Thank you so much, Mai! I adore the cover. I can't thank Choc Lit and their designer, Berni Stevens, enough. Or Anniek and Suze for their gorgeous reviews. 😊 xx

  2. Anniek and Suze, thank you SO much for your totally stunning, gorgeous reviews! I actually filled up when I saw them. There are two beautiful comments I will take away and quote (if that's okay with you both). "It is an amazing story about love, loss, betrayal and learning to love again through all the pain and chaos." and "Her stories are whirlwinds made of beautifully controlled chaos." These are just so perfect. The reviews are spot on and I couldn't ave wished for more. It was so very kind of you both - I honestly don't know what I would do without your lovely support. Please accept my sincere apologies for not commenting sooner - my partner managed to detach a retina, meaning a dash to various hospitals. Personally, I think he just likes the nurses uniform. Thank you again, both, from the bottom of my heart! 💕😊 xx

  3. I love the sound of this book. I enjoy a good read. Thanks for the chance x

  4. I am a bookworm and always enjoy descovering new authors.

  5. I am a bookworm and always enjoy descovering new authors.

  6. During Choc-lit's birthday celebrations I read a short story by Sheryl and loved her writing so would love the opportunity to read this book, which sounds brilliant and just my sort of book.

  7. Such a great storyline Sheryl. Thank you for linking on #TalkoftheTown lovely xx

  8. This sounds a good book. Have entered the giveaway. Fingers crossed :-)

  9. I love Sheryl's book The Rest Of My Life. I would love to read this book by her as the storyline looks great!

  10. I love to read and your book sounds like one I would like to read. Must keep an eye out for more of your books if this is an example of what they're like.

  11. This sounds like a really good read. Just my type of book.

  12. I love reading and I am just coming to the end of my other book! X

  13. id love to read this. i can never have enough books

  14. this looks like a fun and entertaining read xx

  15. It sounds like an interesting read

    saf khan

  16. I love to read and this sounds like a perfect book to unwind after a long day :)