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Beautiful Messy Love: a novel about love, culture, sport, celebrity, family and following your heart Kindle Edition
When football star Nick Harding hobbles into the Black Salt Cafe the morning after the night before, he is served by Anna, a waitress with haunted-looking eyes and no interest in footballers, famous or otherwise. Nick is instantly drawn to this exotic, intelligent girl. But a relationship between them risks shame for her conservative refugee family and backlash for Nick that could ruin his career.
Meanwhile, Nick's sister, Lily, is struggling to finish her medical degree. When she meets Toby, it seems that for the first time she is following her heart, not the expectations of others. Yet what starts out as a passionate affair with a man still grieving after his wife's death slips quickly into dangerous dependency.
Scarred by tragedy each in their own way, these warm, hopeful couples must overcome prejudice and heartbreak to prove just how much they will give for beautiful messy love.
A gorgeous, hard-hitting novel that touches on celebrity, asylum, cultural integration and family tragedy, this is a book with heart and soul.
PRAISE FOR BEAUTIFUL MESSY LOVE
'Not since Melina Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi has an Australian author presented the cross-cultural challenges of new Australians quite so beautifully. Beautiful Messy Love is my pick for 2017 book of the year' AusRom Today
'Tess Woods writes with unusual intensity about relationships between men and women. There are few authors who can dramatise high-voltage sexual attraction in the way that she does. It is a rare and precious gift in a storyteller who is also not afraid to tackle serious issues and I love it' Rosie de Courcy, UK editor of The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough), Circle of Friends (Maeve Binchy), and It Was Only Ever You (Kate Kerrigan)
'a story that does everything a publisher says not to do in such a way that has you laughing and at the same time reaching for a box of tissues to wipe those stray tears away' Lana, Goodreads
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B01MSDWDKP
- Publisher : HarperCollins (1 August 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 803 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 413 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 139,875 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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!)
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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.