Kirsty Young, a 40-year-old single woman, is at a crossroads in her life. She works hard and enjoys socialising, especially with her best friend Henrietta Green and the rest of the gang. However, something is missing. Has she left it too late to meet Mr Right and become a mother?
With life-changing decisions to make, she packs her bags and travels off to Ibiza and Cyprus on a six-month sabbatical.
Max Bright, now in charge of the family business, Brightside Hotels, is emotionally exhausted. All the travelling and keeping an eye on his mother and playboy brother is taking its toll. He is unhappy with his lifestyle, and he wants balance. Is there room in his life for romance?
Max and Kirsty’s paths cross and it isn’t love at first sight. Fortunately, they head off in different directions. When fate and a little help from their friends intervene, they meet again. Is there such a thing as a second chance?
Kirsty is 40 years old, single and finds herself stuck in a rut. So she decides to take a sabbatical from work and go travelling to Ibiza and then she ends up going to Cyprus. Before she’s even left the country she has a less than ideal first encounter with Max Bright, the owner of Brightside Hotels. Let’s just say that for both characters the meeting leaves a lasting impression on not a very good one. After spending a short time in Ibiza with friends Kirsty then goes to Cyprus where she ends up staying in one of Max’s hotels. Its clear there’s chemistry between the two but they don’t seem to get to know each other properly due to a series of misunderstandings. Will Kirsty and Max find what they’re looking for in each other?
I really enjoyed this book. Like the first in the series it was quite an easy read and it was nice to escape to Ibiza/Cyprus after a long day at work. I loved Kirsty’s character. Although she’s very confident, she hides her vulnerability well. She’s not happy where she is in life and all she really wants to do is settle down and have a family. However, she keeps making the same mistakes over again and choosing the wrong man. Similarly, Max is in the same position. He too isn’t happy with his life. Since his father died he’s been running the chain of Brightside Hotels and has become somewhat of a workaholic. He too wants to settle down and have a family but hasn’t found the right woman because she just doesn’t have the time. Its clear there’s something between Kirsty and Max when they first meet even though their first meeting is less than ideal. I loved the aspect off Kirsty journaling and trying to find herself using mindfulness. I did feel sad for Max at times especially because his mum Margot seems to dismiss his feelings off hand and really doesn’t know him very well.
What I liked about this series is that in the first book Love Is Crystal Clear we are introduced to Kirsty as a secondary character and then part way through that book Kirsty leaves for her sabbatical before returning at the end. No other information is given as to what happens to Kirsty while she is away and this book covers Kirsty’s story and her travels.
This is the second book in a trilogy. It can be read as a stand alone but I would highly recommend reading Love Is Crystal Clear followed by this one. Having read the first two books back to back I am really interested to see how this trilogy ends and hopefully catch up with the characters.
Joanna Cates is married to a patient and kind man and is a mum to four children. She has a vivid imagination and is a born romantic. Although Joanna spent her working life as an accountant, she’s always felt far too creative for mere numbers—for which she blames her beloved mother, who introduced Joanna to Catherine Cookson and Stephen King at an early age.
Joanna loves photography, travelling, reading, health & fitness, and socialising with her friends & vodka. Easily distracted, Joanna visualises many of her tall tales whiledoing the housework.
Two years ago, Joanna decided that she wanted to write a book, oh and also to have a new wardrobe. She’s still waiting for the wardrobe.
Love is Crystal Clear is Joanna’s debut romance novel.
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