Sunday 8 February 2015

Review of Kate & Alf by Carrie Stone - Three*


Kate loves Alf. And Alf loves Kate… Doesn't he?

Kate can’t wait for her long-term boyfriend Alf to propose. So he might be a bit of a control freak who’s obsessed with his career … and he also seems to have conveniently forgotten their two-year plan to get married, buy a bigger house and have children. But Kate’s sure that ring will be on her finger soon.

When her thirty-second birthday ends in humiliating, proposal-less disaster, even Kate is left wondering if Alf really is The One. Then Alf’s friend, Marcus, needs a place to stay. With his dark eyes, easygoing manner and kind concern for Kate, Marcus is everything Alf is not - and it's not long before Kate begins to wonder if there’s more to life than diamonds.


** spoiler alert ** 

I like books that have shade and light - contrasts of happiness and sorrow - much like life. Sadly this book concentrated far more on the sorrow and less on the happiness.

Alf was a character I couldn't get on with at all. After 7 years with someone, you become attuned to their moods and wants and desires. Not Alf. He didn't have a clue - and that was so unrealistic.

Kate's story was more realistic but the ending ruined it. She should have become more powerful and life-affirming instead of latching on to the new Alf in a very hurried last chapter.

Megan and Marcus' story was far more interesting and I enjoyed that - I have a feeling Carrie should have concentrated on the 3 "M's" and less on Kate and Alf.

Sorry - this one wasn't for me, but I will have a look at her next book. 

Amazon UK: Kate & Alf

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