Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for That Certain Spark, a women’s fiction novel written by I Hart.
First thing first, let me thank Rachel for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
A one-bedroom apartment with creeping damp.
Depressed cat, complete with litter tray.
Neither was part of Claire’s five-year plan.
Nor, for that matter, was divorce.
Left with a comfort eating habit that’s costing her a small fortune in ice-cream, and panic attacks flooring her in front of the supermarket meals-for-one, Claire turns to her mum and Mindfulness in the hope that one of them can help her find real happiness.
She thinks she’s cracked it… but then her past comes creeping back.
Now she has to work out what really makes her happy or risk a life where Ben & Jerry are the only men who matter.
Publication date: 28/05/21
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: awwwwww. Not wild about the background, but I can live with it.
First thing first, I have to apologize to Hart. I won a round with Covid after almost two years of dodging it, and while it didn’t kill me (or hospitalized me, or, well, endangered me in any way), it gave me a serious case of brain fog. For that reason, a review that would usually take me very little time to write? It took me two days.
That Certain Spark is a delight. It’s also my first five stars of the year because it’s that good. I mean, I’m sorry I read it during trying times, as I’m sure I would have enjoyed it even more if I was 100% functional.
First of all, it’s a funny story. Claire, the MC, is clever, smart, and a walking disaster, aka someone it’s easy to relate to. Her life is a mess in every aspect, and while she tries to fix it (over, and over, and over again), she doesn’t succeed just like that. She’s characterized as human, with flaws and all, a detail I appreciate a lot.
Her arc is a thing of beauty, too. I don’t want to say anything that could spoil the ending for y’all, but her growth. The ending. Wow! I’m so glad about it. So, so glad. Thank you, Ms. Hart, for choosing to wrap it up that way. It means more than I can express, and it’s also a refreshing take after countless of same old, same old endings.
The cast of characters is big-ish but nice, well-crafted. I’m not sure I’ll ever forgive Hart for Daphne, but I’m aware that a certain event is the cause of more emotional growth for Claire. Jack and Ben are the ones that stand out the most after Daphne, their voices clear and in juxtaposition. Of course, everyone pales when compared to Sukie. 😉
That Certain Spark is told in first, not my POV of choice. Still, it rings true, and it’s done well overall. Maybe the only tiny flaw I could mention has to do with the beginning: for the first two-three pages, the flow is a bit hindered by the ‘I, I,I’ curse, but it picks up soon enough.
5 stars on GR.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Born in London, Isobel Hart’s childhood was spent in the Middle East before being sent to boarding school. It meant she had a lot of time to read. Now based in the UK, she writes about what she knows – real women, with flaws.
A romantic at heart, happily married for nearly twenty-five years, her novels focus on relationships – good and bad – and the women at the heart of them. She is ever hopeful others will find their happy-ever-afters or Happy-For-Now’s too.
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