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Waiting for You by Catherine Miller

Yay my first full book review of the year! It’s taken my much longer to get to my 2016 review books than I meant it to and I regret that now because this was good.

Waiting for You by Catherine Miller is being published by Carina as an ebook on 10th March 2016.  I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review.

You’d never guess that Fliss Chapron doesn’t have it all

All Fliss wants is to see two blue lines telling her she is pregnant with her much longed for second baby. But as the negative tests stack up, dreams of completing her perfect family feel more hopeless every day.

After years of disappointment, Fliss’s husband Ben is spending more time at the office than in their marital bed, and Fliss finds herself wondering who could be responsible for their inability to conceive another child. Yet, where do you lay the blame when it comes to having a child – and can anyone really be at fault…

As Ben becomes increasingly distant, Fliss begins to question whether her desire for a baby is just a sticking plaster to save her marriage. Because in the end, how well can you ever know another person…even the man you’re married to?

I loved Fliss, she was a great character. Very believeable and easy to relate to.  Most of the character were like that – I hated the ones I think I was supposed to hate as well as liking Fliss and several others. I also liked the role that internet friendships play in this book, they are becoming more and more common in “real life” but I’ve not read many books with them in. I have some brilliant “internet friends” and I liked seeing a similar friendship in Waiting for You.

This book had many things I love in a good book and it kept me guessing with twists I wouldn’t have expected and moments that made me giggle.  One or two moments may seem a little over the top and unrealistic but I find life often throws moments that others may find unbelieveable when things get tough. It was brilliant and I hope to read more by Catherine Miller in the future.  Really as much as this was the perfect package with an ending that worked I would love to return and read more of the adventures of Fliss.

 

When I was reading this I read it in great sections and found it hard to put down.  I was reading it on the train to Birmingham yesterday and usually when we’ve gone through the last stop before New Street I’m distracted, half reading and most watching out to see where we are and keeping an eye out for the Bullring as a sign that I need to go wait by the door and find a likely looking passenger to act as ramp spotter. This time I was reading and I suddenly thought I should check where we were and Oh. There’s the Bullring already?

At that point my Kindle was saying I had twenty minutes left in the book. And I find that tends to be pretty accurate. So I decided I’d read another book on the way home – an hour and ten minutes to Oxford, then 20 minutes between trains and another 20 ish back here, starting something else made sense. I even decided which one while I was waiting for my friend. But then I got on the train and I couldn’t leave it unfinished. Cue me sitting on the train for a while having finished this and not sure what to do with myself (I eventually read a short story waiting for/on the second train)

 

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