Liv and Adam are at the end of a dream holiday in Mexico. Liv is waiting for Adam to propose, knowing that it’s meant to be a secret. And Adam? Well he has the whole night planned – the restaurant, the music – it’s going to be perfect. Except the evening gets off to a bad start and as Adam begins to second guess himself, everything starts to fall apart. What should have been a sure fire proposal turns into a mess of poor communication and misunderstandings and before they know it, they’re on a ‘break’.
Their family and friends cannot understand what went wrong. Neither can they. And yet neither one can find the words they need to clear the air, and as their loved ones start to meddle and, in Liv’s case, make life altering decisions for them, the gap between them begins to widen. And despite saying that they won’t see anyone else, both of them are tempted, and, with the benefit of distance, begin to wonder – what if?
‘We Were On A Break’ is all set to be a Lindsey Kelk classic. In her very true-to-life style, Kelk nails the insecurities felt by couples everywhere, and the miscommunications between the pair, while full of the kind of humour that you come to expect from the author, also ring true. Caught in a tangle they don’t know how to get out of, each and every choice the protagonists make pushes them further apart, not helped by their friends and family.
The characters are so well rounded, from Liv, the country vet who seems to be suffering a very early mid-life crisis, to Adam, a carpenter, crushed by a crisis of confidence which makes him feel unworthy of Liv. Even Adam’s brother, Chris, the kind of over-the-top, arrogant, supercilious fool you’d want to slap if you met him, adds a good level of humour to the story, even if you are mostly laughing at, rather than with, him. Liv’s friend David is a perfect partner for her, adding a touch of good cheer and humour to her working day. In fact, all of the characters add a little something to the plot and Kelk is excellent at the observational comedy and identifying the traits in people which capture their true character.
‘We Were on a Break’ is full of all the elements you expect from a Lindsey Kelk novel – romance, a touch of drama, tears and most importantly, a lot of humour. If you have enjoyed any of her previous books or series, then you won’t be disappointed. The characters are likeable, even if you do just want to bang their heads together, and Daniel Craig (the cat not the actor) is a hero in his own right. Indifferent, unimpressed and with all of the attributes of the perfect kitty, I found him just about adorable, reminding me very much of one of my own moggies. Three legged he may be, but boy does he have a real presence.
There were so many great one-liners in this book (what can you say about a story that opens with a character asking if you can see his knob through his trousers?), that it will have you laughing out loud at times and smirking to yourself at others. As for Adam’s designer t-shirt from Milan? Well let’s just say I hope never to see one in real life…
Kelk’s writing style really suits this almost comedy of errors-esque story. The setting is perfect, the extra pressure of a small English town, so very well observed and described here, just adding to the myriad of problems faced by the pair.
This was a really pacy read, and by that I mean that I whizzed through it in a day. A brilliant story and a great addition to any Kelk collection.
A huge 5 stars from me.
My thanks to NetGalley and publishers Harper Collins UK, Harper Fiction for the copy of ‘We Were On A Break’ by Lindsey Kelk in exchange for my review.
‘We Were On A Break’ is released on 6th October and is available to pre-order here: