It's very real. Down to earth. A Sign Of The Times by @susan_buchanan

A Sign Of The Times

By Susan Buchanan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Book Synopsis

Twelve people. Twelve starsigns.

Sagittarius Holly, a travel writer, visits Tuscany to research her next book. Seeking help when her car breaks down, she gets more than assistance when Dario, a vineyard owner, puts temptation in her path.

Gemini - Holly’s sister, Lucy, a serial man-eater finally meets her match, which puts her long-term relationship and career in jeopardy. Cheating she discovers, can have devastating consequences.

Libra - Jack, an eminent prosecutor, juggles a difficult teenage son with his high profile career and finds himself lacking. It's not long before the balls all come tumbling down and Jack finds his family on the wrong side of the law.

One event binds them all.

Serena's Rating

Serena's Review

I love to read romances. I've been hooked on them for the last few years and having followed Susan on twitter for a while, I thought it would be pretty cool to review her book and see her writing style. I've given Susan's debut novel three and a half stars. There were aspects of the story construction that didn't gel well for me, repeated phrases and words which drove me around the bend and really short sentences too, which make it a three. But I enjoyed her characters and the story was pretty good, so that was the four. Plus, I think Susan was a miracle worker to wrap the stories of twelve people together and to actually make it work! To have pieced it all together- all I can say, I applaud you, Sooz!!

The premise is based around the twelve signs of the zodiac and each character depicts one sign. Susan does a really good job with the character development and even though there are so many characters and quite a few story lines going on, it´s all easy to follow without being boring. In fact, so much is going on that it´s a really great read and flows well. Holly takes the lead as the main protagonist for me. She´s a bit annoying at times, but in a weird way, it makes it very realistic. You can´t like someone all of the time. I think it was clever how Susan managed to add personality traits relating to their star sign to each individual character.

Some parts of the story were abrupt and you were left hanging at every chapter, which isn´t necessarily a bad thing- definite encouragement to read to the end.

I´ll be honest and say it isn´t my most favourite book in the world, but it´s great chick-lit. Hope I´m not spoiling it by saying it doesn´t have my requisite HEA, but again, there´s a pleasant bluntness about the story. It´s very real. Down to earth. I liked that.

For me, 3.5 stars.

Keep up the good work, Sooz and congratulations on your new book!

Review Disclaimer: The book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.