Friday, April 28, 2017

With Love For Romantic Books: Sun on Sundays by Wendy Lou Jones - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek
 
Carrie-Ann has been in love with Tom for many years. Tom is a bit older than she is, so they never really moved in the same circles. When the opportunity arises for Carrie-Ann to work with Maggie, a fierce lady in a wheelchair, she takes this chance immediately. Tom works on Maggie's farm, so Carrie-Ann is hoping that she'll regularly run into him. Now that she's an adult she hopes that age isn't an obstacle anymore. Will Tom finally start noticing her?

Tom has always lived in the same small town. His brother became a dentist and is doing well for himself. Tom is satisfied with having his own little home, that he's renovating himself while also still working on the farm. His parents are trying to set Tom up with women they consider a suitable match. At a party Tom meets the now grown up Carrie-Ann and he can't deny that he finds her incredibly attractive. However, there are obstacles in their way. What choices will Tom make when life takes an unexpected difficult turn?

Carrie-Ann is such a sweet girl. She's taking care of her mother and helps around the house. She comes from a humble home, but her mother has taught her to always hold her head up high. Every Sunday they go to church and Carrie-Ann hopes to see Tom there as well as on the farm. She has always dreamed of being a nurse and I kept wishing for her to go for her dream. She has worked hard for everything that has come her way and I admired that about her. Carrie-Ann keeps to herself most of the time, but she has so much to offer. She's the kind of person I would have loved to have as a sister.

Tom is a straightforward kind of guy. He knows what he wants in life, he just doesn't always know how to get it though. He's honorable and has set high standards for himself. Tom can't stand it when people are being treated poorly and he'll help out whenever he can. I liked that quality about him a lot. Sometimes I wanted to shake Tom, because I wanted him to open his eyes and see what's right in front of him. Tom is someone who will love unconditionally and fullheartedly, but he does need some directions every now and then. I really liked his complex and interesting character.

Sun on Sundays is a love story about finding your one true love. Love isn't always easy and doesn't come without sacrifices. Tom and Carrie-Ann are soul mates. I could feel the love they have for each other throughout the entire story. Sun on Sundays is the second book in the Echoes of Nutt Hill series. I love the fact that each of the books can be read as a standalone, but you'll meet all the lovely characters again at some point in the story, without missing out on anything. I'm a big fan of Wendy Lou Jones and Sun on Sundays is another one of her brilliant stories. She has a beautiful writing style and I think this series is very special.

Advice

Sun on Sundays is a heartbreaking love story with meddling goodhearted main characters and wonderful second chances.

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About Wendy Lou Jones


I spent a happy childhood in West Sussex, where I avoided reading at all costs, so much so that my English teacher fell off her perch when I told her I got an A in my English lit. O-level (showing my age there!) “How did YOU get an A?” she was heard to exclaim.

I studied the sciences at A-level and managed to get through the university years without so much as a peek at a library (not entirely true, but pretty much.)

I worked as a doctor in my twenties and then dropped out to have kids. Having read about only one book a year through my teens, I was, by then, up to the dizzy heights of perhaps three? How on Earth did I end up here? Did I take a wrong turning somewhere in life? You might well think so. But what really happened was, one night, in my late 30s, I had a dream. As simple as that. A dream that inspired me. And I’ve been reading and writing ever since.

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Interview

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi, I’m Wendy. I’m a wife and a mother of 2 teenage boys. In my life pre-kids I used to be a hospital doctor, but now I’m a stay at home mum with passions for writing love stories and doing pole dancing!

2. What makes your heart beat faster?

My kids leaving pee all over the seat? Oh. You mean in a happy way. Guinea pigs. I love them. 50% of my Instagram feed is pictures and videos of guinea pigs. I used to keep them. They were my first love, but my eldest is allergic, so these days I have to make do with pining over other people’s.

3. If you could create the perfect romantic day what would it look like?

That would depend on who it was for. I think the most mundane things can be romantic if that is what the person you love likes. It’s thinking of them that counts. For my hubby it would probably be a walk in the countryside, coming home to a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake and then reading a book in the afternoon on adjacent settees smiling across at each other now and again.

4. Who are your favorite romantic couple?

I think any elderly couple you see still walking along hand in hand. That always goes straight to my heart. I hope my husband and I will be like that one day.

5. Could you describe what romance means to you?

Romance is trying to please your loved one. Buying flowers just to show you’re thinking of her, or cooking his favourite meal. Things like that are romantic to me.

6. Do you find it difficult to write about romance?

No. Falling in love is the most exciting thing there is. My ideas for stories come from different angles, but they all have love as the overriding force.

7. Can you tell us about your most romantic experience?

Oh lord! Really? Ummmmm… (Dredging the memory banks of a spectacularly unromantic life…) I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but when we were going out, before we were married, I think, my husband wrote a song for me. I found it again recently.

8. What kind of music do you like to listen to when you're in a romantic mood?

Tricky, because my hubby and I have very different tastes, not a lot would work, but I suppose the song we danced to at our wedding would do it. Procol Harum’s Whiter Shade of Pale. (Getting romantic in my fictional life, I can listen to whatever I want – usually something heartfelt and emotional.)

9. Which country personafies romance for you and why?

I think France is normally thought of as a romantic country, particularly Paris, or the Lavender fields of Provence. Sunshine, wine, soft cheese, sexy voices, Thierry Henry…

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m currently working on a romantic suspense. Something a bit different for me, so it has been difficult to get right, but the love story is still at the heart of it and I’m pleased with how it’s shaping up now. Working title: Because of You. Watch this space.

Giveaway


One very lucky reader of With Love For Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Sun on Sundays, a key chain pendant made by Wendy Lou Jones and a Sun on Sundays book necklace.



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27 comments:

  1. I loved reading the Q&A. This books sounds great.

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  2. Thank you so much for such a wonderful review, Anniek. :-) LOVELY necklace!

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  3. I liked the review. Sounds like a good read.

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  4. Sounds like a fab read. Thanks for the chance x

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  5. I loved reading the Q&A and it sounds a great read. The necklace is stunning too.

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  6. The book review sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover, interview and book trailer too.

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  7. It's sounds awesome!Love that necklace, what a lovely idea :)

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  8. I enjoyed learning more about Wendy and her book!

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  9. It sounds like an amazing book. I love the pretty cover.

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  10. What a wonderful book! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Sun on Sunday's cover is really lovely. I like the color contrasts between the pink rose and the pale turquoise stained boards. Reading the review, I find myself rooting for Carrie-Ann, that she gets her HEA with the man she has loved for years. I can't help wondering what obstacles are in their way, but am sure reading Sun on Sunday will clarify anything I am curious about. I especially liked the interview with Wendy Lou Jones, reading her views on romance & guinea pigs. Thank you for the review :) I really enjoyed it.

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  12. this looks like an interesting read, very absorbing!

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  13. I like that you said love and romance come from different angles. I'm paraphrasing but that's what I took from the interview. It's true because we are all individuals that have many different angles in our lives :)

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  14. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  15. Thank you for the lovely review and giveaway. The book sounds amazing, and the cover and keychain are absolutely gorgeous! I'll definitely be checking out Wendy Lou's work. :)

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  16. looks interesting

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway :]

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  19. I love Wendy's books. Higly recommend.

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  20. Looks like a great read.

    My mum got a couple of guinea pigs in early March 2017, one adult and one youngster. She commented that the young one is soooo greedy, it's getting fatter and fatter! Then on 16 April, it gave birth to 3 babies!! They are very cute. Poor thing was "got at" by her brother before the original owner separated them.

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    1. A vet once told me, you cannot diet a guinea pig. They won't do it. Sensible things. At least you got 3 babies. SO cute! :-)

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  21. I enjoyed reading the interview and the book looks interesting

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