Bridget Jones, Mad About the Boy. By Helen Fielding

I found out Mark Darcy had died in a tragic accident before reading the book, as a lover of Bridget Jones I was traumatised feeling let down that such a wonderful character had been killed off. 

The book started slowly with Bridget attempting to adapt to modern life, technology, dating again and being a single parent. Coupled with mourning her beloved Mark.

At points early on I nearly gave up but as ridiculous as it sounds I felt giving up would be disloyal to Bridget. I know how can you feel loyalty to a fictional character, maybe I need to get out more?  However I do believe lots of Women readers or filmgoers of a certain age feel she is like an old friend.  

By the end of the book I was feeling her distress, laughing at her dizziness and sympathising with her attempts to be the perfect parent.  I am glad I persevered, after a slow start I enjoyed the book and sharing another stage of my life with Bridget Jones.

Stephen King 11/22/63

OMG this is the best book I have ever read, I ordered it on my kindle after reading the reviews, and instantly regretted it as I do not like horror films or books. I could not have been more wrong!  I could not put this book down. As a result I recommended 11/22/63 to a friend whist on holiday, but wished I hadn’t as she to could not put it down and became a very boring sunbathing companion.

The tale begins when a teacher called Jake Epping asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay wrote by Harry Dunning shocks him to the core; a terribly distressing story about the night over fifty years ago when Harry’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. 

Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, reveals a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past.  Al enlists Jake to take over his mission that has become his life obsession; to prevent the Kennedy assassination. But First Jake has other events of history he wishes to change, what he does not count on is finding love in the past.

This book is in essence a love story/thriller that has elements of real historical events. I was engrossed in the book, I found it so interesting, romantic and gripping all in one.


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  1. 24th July 2015 / 7:25 am

    I really resonated with the part about Mark Darcy’s death – very well written. I have always connected with Bridget’s character and it was nice to see how she had grown up and her Twitter obsession was hilarious (and a little close to comfort since blogging!)

    • SarahJChristie
      25th July 2015 / 8:14 pm

      Ah I bet you do lovely, I love Bridgette and this book was just great x

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