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I Cried
Saturday, July 08, 2006
I've just finished A Mother For His Daughter by Ally Blake and cried at the end.

Ok... go on, laugh at me. Finished? Good.

I have to admit that I'm pre-menstrual at the moment and tend to get weepy (have been known to cry at Coronation Street) but this is a seriously good read. One of the best 'Tender' stories I've read, anyway. It's full of unexpected twists and turns, the hero is absolutely adorable, and while I have to admit to not much liking the heroine to start with—she came across as immature and 'common' and I couldn't quite understand why the hero had fallen for her—she definitely grew on me.

I knew straight away, within the first few pages, that this was going to be a good read, and I believe I emailed Ally and told her so. If I didn't, then I certainly intended to (it's the memory, y'know... ). She took me straight to Rome - I was there, sitting by the Trevi Fountain, watching the gorgeous Italian as he looked around him, trying to locate his daughter.

It's a shame HMB books are only available for a short time because this is one that I'm sure anybody who generally enjoys 'Tender' romance would love. Your local library may well have it, though, and it's still available on Amazon, albeit at a ridiculously inflated price.

This was the first book I'd read by Ally Blake but it certainly won't be the last. She's now right there at the top of my 'must read' list.

Now... what next to read? A Liz Fielding, I think :-)


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Posted by Sharon J on 2:54 AM   

Blogger Minx said...

Sharon, I can send you an 'invite' for Googlemail if you wish but you will have to mail me your email address. It will give you the information about the services but you don't have to take it up if you don't like it.
The 'chat' feature just adds a little to your mails and you can 'talk' to non- googlers as well!

8:29 AM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Am on my way to your blog to leave my address now, Minx.

10:33 AM   

Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

As one who only has to see the last minute of either The Railway Children (Daddy! My Daddy!)or The Incredible Journey (When the animals appear)I am not laughing, and what a clever author to bring you to such emotion!

9:15 PM   

Anonymous Karen Lee Field said...

What's wrong with crying? I love books that make me cry. I feel like I didn't waste my money buying them.

I love a good cry.

2:13 AM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Cherry. The Incredible Journey does it for me every time! But yes, you're right, she's a very clever author indeed.

Karen. That one question "What's wrong with crying?" made me stop and think. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it at all but I think my childhood/teenage influences mostly told me that crying was a sign of weakness when in fact, the opposite is true. It's actually a sign of strength because strength is in being tough and brave enough to care. My mum cries at films, but my dad always poo-poo'ed anything like that. She was a "daft cow" as far as he was concerned if she shed a tear watching a sad film. He was very much a 'stiff upper lip' Brit who believed that showing emotions was a sign of weakness. Because I desperately wanted his approval (something I don't feel I ever got), I did everything within my power to hide my feelings.

Thanks for giving me something to think about, Karen.

1:28 PM   

Blogger Fiona Harper said...

Sharon, I cry at practically every M&B I read. Ally's books are fab, aren't they? I love her quirky style.

5:48 PM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Fiona. It's the fact that I rarely cry over a book that surprised me with Ally's book. It must've been good to get that kind of reaction! It's not so much the quirky style as the number of surprises she managed to weave throughout the story. A very clever author, indeed :)

8:05 PM   

Blogger allyblake said...

Sharon! I just found your post. And no you didn't email me to tell me you loved this book! But I'll take this post as email enough. I'm chuffed!

Thank-you sooooo much for your lovely comments, and especially for crying ;). You too, Fiona my sweet!

The books that get me everytime are 'Cyrano de Bergerac' by Edmund Rostand - the final line makes me blub every time, I don't even have to read the rest of the play to get the same lip quiver. And John Christopher's 'The Prince in Waiting' trilogy. Another final line that sends me over the edge into pure melodrama.

FYI, 'A MOTHER FOR HIS DAUGHTER' will be released as a Silhouette Romance in North America this December! Stoked, moi?


7:54 AM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

I didn't email you, Ally? I'm seriously starting to think it's about time I switched this head of mine with a model that has more cache.

10:30 AM   

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