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Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Thick of Things by J.L. Campbell - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Khalila is heartbroken because of a terrible loss. Her husband wasn't able to support her and that means Khalila is also going through a divorce. The last thing she expects is to fall in love again. She thought she'd be numb forever, but Douglas manages to reawaken feelings in Khalila that she thought she'd never experience again. She isn't ready to deal with the changes his presence brings and tries to keep her distance. Douglas is persistent though. Will he be able to win Khalila's heart?

The Thick of Things is a moving romantic story. Khalila is grieving and this means she's just going through the motions. She is trying to survive each day and that's all she can manage. Douglas is kindhearted, patient, chivalrous, passionate and sweet. He truly listens and his gentle personality is exactly what Khalila needs to start healing. He's a wonderful man and Khalila deserves nothing less. She's a talented and smart woman who's been through a lot. She deserves some happiness after everything that happened to her and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out if she'd give Douglas a chance.

J.L. Campbell has a vivid writing style. I loved how she makes Khalila's emotions come to life. The Thick of Things is an impressive story filled with hope, true love and silver linings. Khalila will never be the woman she used to be, but being with Douglas and feeling attractive again gives her strength. I loved this honest and open approach of a difficult topic. J.L. Campbell writes with empathy and compassion. The Thick of Things is a beautiful love story that greatly affected me.


If you like emotional love stories The Thick of Things would be an excellent choice.

About J.L. Campbell

J.L. Campbell wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. After a hiatus of more than two decades, Campbell started writing again in 2004, contributing to online craft magazines, including Vision and T-Zero: The Writer’s E-Zine.

After having three novels contracted by small publishers in 2010, Campbell opted to self-publish two collections of Jamaican-themed short stories in 2011 and hasn't stopped writing since.

She has been a contributor to Bookends (literary pages of the Sunday Observer). She has won several awards and medals, for her short stories and young adult novels entered in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Creative Writing Competition, including Outstanding Writer in the novel category.

Campbell learned the craft of writing through workshops, books, reading hundreds of articles. She is an editor and workshop presenter, who openly admits to learning from better novelists than herself.

She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, women's fiction, new and young adult novels. and is the author of twenty-seven books and two short story collections. Her Amazon author page is here.


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  1. The Thick Of Things sounds like an emotional story of moving forward, second chances and letting go of pain and sorrow.

  2. Wow, sounds emotionally written and beautifully choreographed, want to read this badly - bet it's amazing!

  3. Sounds great, thanks for the review!

  4. I do enjoy emotional love stories thank you.

  5. So glad you enjoyed it, Suze! Thanks for the awesome review!

  6. Looks a great read.

  7. Sounds like a great read - thank you

  8. The story sounds absolutely wonderful!

  9. I love romantic stories, this sounds great.

  10. Michelle FergusonJune 10, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Looks like a great book, fingers crossed

  11. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  12. Sounds a emotion-charged story of second chances. sadness and letting go. But a good read that probably requires a tissue or two.

  13. I wonder if Douglas is based on a real person? If so, I need him right now! Or has he got a brother?