Clare Lydon is one of my favourite authors and once again she delivered a heart warming story of second chance love. Maddie left Justine ten years before , without an explanation but now, unexpectedly re enters her life at the funeral of a mutual friend.
With several deaths in my own family and aging parents with health issues I really had my emotions stirred with this story. Especially as Maddie faces the decline in health of her Uncle. I felt Lydon, truely captured the variety in people’s grieving and how it impacts on their everyday life. Although we only had Justine’s point of view, you could feel the heart break of Maddie and Kerry as she struggles with the loss of her husband and the ever closer birth of her fatherless child. I would have liked to have been inside Maddies head, just to balance things out more.
I really liked the thread of the constant inner rambling of Justine’s questioning, of will she ever cry again. A lovely piece of symbolism of her relationship with Maddie. Over all, this story will warm your heart. Even though it’s a story of deep emotions as always it’s filled with Lydon’s humour that I have come to love so much. A wonderful Lesfic Rom-Com of the highest order.
Justine never understood why Maddie, after 3 happy years together, left her without an explanation. Justine has never really gotten over Maddie and still measures up every woman to her and even now, after ten years, she’s the only woman who she has really connected with. So when a mutual friends funeral comes along, she is pretty nervous about seeing her for the first time in ten years. Hoping this is a one-off, she braces herself and needs to get through the day but Maddie has other plans. She’s moved back to the area and she wants, at minimum, a friendship with Justine. But how can Justine ever trust her again?
This story was really fun to read, with a great premise and steady pace I really fell into the story from the get go. Clare Lydon has a way of making British Rom Com stories come to life and she certainly did with this one.
The book is written from Justine’s point of view and she really captures the reader’s attention with her inner battles about Maddie and how much after all these years she still harbors some feelings for her. I would have liked to have Maddie’s point of view as I think it would have added another element to the story and given a bit of contrast in Maddie and Justine’s differing personalities.
The connection between Maddie and Justine was written really nicely and left me really backing these two for a happy ending every time they interacted. I think most readers are going to love Justine but my affections in this book lean more to Maddie. She was a bit broken and had a hard few years. She was a good soul and needed someone to understand her and I love that that person was Justine and really always had been.
The sex scenes in this book were fantastic and left me a little hot under the collar but Clare Lydon knows how to not hold back when she is writing intimacy between protagonists.
I also enjoyed all the secondary characters but Kerry in particular stole my heart. The story wouldn’t have been the same without her contribution to her friend’s life and theirs to hers. She was such an inspirational character to read.
Another heart warming and fun romance from Clare Lydon. 4 stars
I'm not a great fan of 'second chance romance stories'. Having said that, it was hard to not to like both Justine and Maddie from the start. The storyline is strong and interesting. Both main characters have depth and I enjoyed the interaction of the cast of friends and family who support them. The story revolves around past mistakes and unanswered questions. It's the past mistakes interweaved with current day encounters that keep the story progressing. Can Justine get past old hurts and allow herself and Maddie a second chance? It's worth the read to find out! Lydon is one of my favourite authors and this book is another winner.
This is another sweet, easy read romance from Clare. Second chance romances are probably my favourite and this was an easy flowing, nice light read. For me personally I love my romances to have more of an emotional punch, to go on a journey that has the highs but also the low of lows and I find Clare’s style for me keeps its a bit light. But it’s still a good read, the characters are well developed and the story is interspersed with flashes of humour (added bonus a bit of swearing which always adds that perfect emphasis that I love)
This book has all the ingredients that I love in a story:
• sweetness (and not just in the cakes) • plenty of humour from all the characters, but especially Justine • real people - or as real fiction can get • a second chance at romance
The story drew me in from page one. I loved the first few chapters. Then I became sceptical - should Justine really give Maddie a second chance? I continued reading despite Maddie’s infuriating behaviour and I was so glad I did. It proved to be an unexpectedly satisfying and thought-provoking story.
I had a gamut of feelings and felt connected with the characters' many varied emotions (similar to Elliot in the movie E.T.). I really enjoyed the romance, but I found other aspects such as handling grief, family and strong friendships equally captivating. I also found myself nodding in agreement to some of the wise advice.
Humour released the tension. On a personal note, it was a reminder of what I love about British humour.
I read this on the go whenever I had time and I found myself thinking about the story during the day, looking forward to the next chapter and I did not have trouble picking up where I left off.
I felt the novel ‘You’re My Kind’ could be adapted into a movie or TV series. I had the same thought about Clare Lydon’s other second-chance romance novel ‘Twice In a Lifetime’ (which was completely different and equally funny, if not more so). I don’t usually imagine a book becoming a movie when I read, I just found it easy to visualise the funny parts in this one.
The length of the story (‘You’re My Kind’) was just right but I could have easily read more, for example when the characters are going through better times. I’d also like to find out more about the business partners Gemma and Ally.
I think that’s a sign of a really good read - when you turn the last page and just want more!