- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 803 KB
- Print Length: 413 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (1 August 2017)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MSDWDKP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 31 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Beautiful Messy Love: a novel about love, culture, sport, celebrity, family and following your heart Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Tess Woods lives in Perth, Australia, with one husband, two children, one dog and a cat who rules over them all. Her debut novel, Love at First Flight, received acclaim from readers worldwide and won Book of the Year in the AusRom Today Reader's Choice Award. Her second novel, Beautiful Messy Love, was a 2017 Better Reading Top 100 pick. When she isn't working or being a personal assistant to her kids, Tess enjoys reading and grannyish pleasures like knitting, baking, drinking tea and tending to the veggie patch. She's also moderately obsessed with the TV series Nashville and Buzzfeed quizzes. Tess loves connecting with her readers on Facebook: @Tesswoods.harpercollins and Instagram: @tesswoods_author--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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I think it would be a good book for a book club, with many topics to explore: grief, identity, refugees, religious beliefs, social media, paparazzi, media in general, fame and infamy.
It’s fitting that her first novel was called Love at First Flight, because for me it was. I fell in love with her storytelling then and there is no doubt she will continue to soar because she’s followed up with this — a contemporary tale about four characters and their complicated and interconnected lives. Beautiful Messy Love is the perfect title and in only two novels Tess has positioned herself as: ‘the voice in Australian literature that is unafraid’.
Distinctly and honestly Australian (and as a modern, multicultural society should be portrayed more often) I believe Tess is leading the way in a new genre I’m calling: Stories That Need To Be Told.
She has touched on a subject close to my heart (the ugly side of social media and media scrutiny and made me grateful I am not young any more and having to traverse this minefield! Happy to read about it (and you may have taught me a few news words, Tess!)
After fifty pages or so I knew I loved it, but was it going to be a 5 star read?
As you can see, it made it to five stars. Honestly, I loved everything about this novel. The characters were realistic and very interesting, and there was no over-the-top drama.
Two love stories make the bulk of the novel. For Lily, a five year medical student, and Toby, a building supervisor and aspiring photographer, was love/lust at first sight, when they came across each other in a café. The only problem was that Toby’s wife was dying of cancer in the same hospital Lily was about to begin her medical rotation.
Anna, a nineteen-year-old Egyptian refugee, works in a café, where she meets the football superstar, Nick Harding. She’s got no idea who he is, as she’s too busy working two jobs, looking after a refugee boy in hospital and volunteering at Asylum Assist, while also looking after her depressed mother. Nick is, or better said was, your stereotypical football star – attractive, cocky, and full of himself, a womaniser, who only thinks about football and his next lay. But he’s unexplicably drawn to the kind, not-his-usual-type Anna. Their relationship won’t be easy as they’ll have to face lots of obstacles, including the pressure of being in the media spotlight and prejudice as Anna is a Muslim girl.
Without a doubt, my favourite character was Anna. Her backstory was heartbreaking. Through her, Tess Woods, brought to our attention the plight of refugees, and re-affirmed that each person has a story, more often than not, a very traumatic one. The refugees are not statistics! They deserve compassion and help, not the awful treatment that our heartless government bestows upon them. It’s outrageous and I am disgusted. Don’t get me started …
Beautiful Messy Love is a women’s fiction novel, but it’s an outstanding one, as it manages to be relevant, funny, occasionally sad, and overall it made for an enthralling read.
I can’t fault it in any way.
I ♥ it!
NB: I received an advance reading copy from the publishers, in exchange for an honest review.
Top international reviews
She proves this again in her sequel, “Beautiful, Messy Love”, a novel filled with passion, truth and the unpredictable emotion that is love.
Tess writes honest characters with flaws but endows them with the potential to change. You want to see them to succeed. You want to see them happy. This is the key to Tess’ readability.
“Beautiful, Messy Love” is the story of Nick and Anna, two people who could hardly come from more diverse backgrounds. Nick, the injured footballer, is captivated by the lovely, young refugee whom he can’t impress with money or fame. No game on a field has ever challenged Nick the way this intelligent girl does.
Something primal draws them together but will it be enough to fight the social, familial and emotional challenges that would keep them apart?
Tess needs no vampires, dragons or exotic backdrops to write a compelling love story. Real, believable people that you want to root for are more than enough to keep you turning pages.
The main storyline focuses on Nick and Anna as they seem drawn to each other even though they are from different lifestyles. Anna is young Egyptian woman with strong cultural and family commitments creating conflicts within her family and her Muslin community. Woods skillfully describes how Anna balances her private life, working two jobs, caring for her depressed mother, volunteer work at the Asylum Assist and her support and caring for Ricky and his fight with cancer. Nick is a famous star football (footy) player with a bad reputation. Nick and Anna find they have to deal with mounting problems of the media interest in their love affair and the effects their relationship with having on his career. Woods creates food for thought on such matters as treatment of refugees – particularly the young children in detention facilities without representation. She weaves issues of religious/cultural persecution, terrorism, media corruption, complicated moral issues, and treatment of depression. Readers will not want to put Wood’s book down until they reach the emotional heart-wrenching ending. BEAUTIFUL MESSY LOVE is a must read earning a five-star ranking.