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As Weekends Go (Choc Lit) by Jan Brigden

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Kindle Edition: 307 Pages.

Published: 04 December 2015 by Choc Lit

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What if your entire life changed in the space of a weekend?

When Rebecca’s friend Abi convinces her to get away from it all at the fabulous Hawksley Manor hotel in York, it seems too good to be true. Pampering and relaxation is just what Rebecca needs to distract herself from the creeping suspicion that her husband, Greg, is hiding something from her.

She never imagined that by the end of the weekend she would have dined with celebrities or danced the night away in exclusive clubs. Nor could she have predicted she would meet famous footballer, Alex Heath, or that he would be the one to show her that she deserved so much more …

But no matter how amazing a weekend is, it’s always back to reality come Monday morning – isn’t it?

Reviews

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Fame, fortune and football attract

Rebecca goes on an unexpected weekend away with her friend Abi to a very posh spa where she meets, literally bumps into, a very famous footballer. They find themselves attracted and spend quality time together but it goes no further because Rebecca is already in a relationship. On returning to "real life" after her very special weekend Rebecca finds that she is having more and more trouble with her boyfriend who is increasingly unpleasant and eventually impossible to remain with - is Alex the answer ?

The book actually deals with Abi's relationship as well and parts of the narrative are from the point of view of the two men who are not on the weekend away and what happens to them, including how they are tempted themselves. This adds depth to the story as does the side issue of Alex's team mates and their problems and relationships. Although the plot is slight it is worked out well and feels realistic - ending with a really heartwarming conclusion.

The main issue for this book, for me, was a personal one. I just don't get why the fact that someone is a famous footballer should make everyone around him act so strangely. Rebecca seems almost attracted more to his image and the unlikeliness of her meeting such a famous person than with Alex as a person. His fame makes him more attractive to her - I understand that this is true for many people but for me it is not a point of view with which I have a lot of sympathy. I also thought that the way he was treated by other characters because of his fame was a little creepy - although, again, I suspect that it is true to life. As I said, this is my own prejudice.

The fame/football issue meant that I didn't sympathise with Rebecca as much as I was supposed to and I also thought that she should have left her boyfriend ages ago - it does rather seem as though when one relationship goes bad she jumps immediately into another as though she couldn't be happy on her own, without a man. I did think, however, that the book was nicely plotted and read well - those readers who don't have my issues should enjoy it as an easy but interesting read. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley

 
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