Sunday, 7 August 2016

REVIEW~ Beneath the Apple Blossom by Kate Frost


Four women, linked by blood ties, friendship, betrayal, loss and hope, struggle with the choices they've made and the hand that life's dealt them.

All Pippa's ever wanted is marriage and kids, but at thirty-four and about to embark on IVF, her dream of having a family is far from certain. Her younger sister Georgie has the opposite problem, juggling her career, her lover, a young daughter and a husband who wants baby number two.

Pippa's best friend Sienna has a successful career in the film world, and despite her boyfriend pressurising her to settle down, a baby is the last thing she wants. Happily married Connie shares the trauma of fertility treatment with Pippa, but underestimates the impact being unable to conceive will have on her and her marriage.

As their lives collide in a way they could never have predicted, will any of them get to see their hopes realised?

Ratings:3.5 Stars
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Firstly, If you follow my reviews you know I hate to restate a blurb. I think the author gives you a great insight into what the story is about.

My views on the story:
The blurb for Beneath the Apple Blossom grabbed my attention initially. I always love a book with struggles and a story with depth. Kate does a good job by keeping me interested in each character. I also enjoyed that each Heroine seemed so real.

If there was a character I felt most connected with it would be Sienna, which was so scary.  I have always been career orientated and also 30 years old chasing a dream and running away from a family and such. We had a lot in common which was refreshing to read.

Georgie another female lead was my least favourite. She seemed so lost, selfish, naive and at times I wished I could skip her point of views. She reads as a 18 year old girl instead of a woman with responsibilities.

Overall, the Plot for Beneath the Apple Blossom flowed well and was full of surprises.
Beneath the Apple Blossom is full of drama, friendship and an overall feeling of hope even though there was that hint of darkness lurking.
The story is told in the third point of view which is my least favourite however I was able to look pass this and rate the book a decent star.

Kate  Frost
Kate Frost has wanted to be an author ever since she wrote her first novel during the long months she spent off school following open heart surgery when she was seven. The novel was called London's Burning and was a time travel story set during the Great Fire of London. 

Over the years Kate has worked in a cinema, a bookshop, a factory and as a part time lecturer at Bath Spa University teaching lifewriting to Creative Writing undergraduates. She's also worked as ground staff at Edgebaston Tennis Tournament, as a Virgin Vie consultant and as a Supporting Artist in the films Vanity Fair, King Arthur and The Duchess.

Kate has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and has had articles and short stories published in The London Magazine, New Welsh Review and QWF. She now works as a freelance writer/author and lives in the UK with her husband, her son and their dog.

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