Author: Nancy Peach
Published: 2nd August 2021
Rating: 4.5 Stars
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Yorkshire lass in possession of a career, a house, and a cat, must be in want of a husb—
Oh get a grip!
Dr Tess Carter is no starry-eyed Jane Austen heroine. After all, if your dad left without a backward glance and you found your last boyfriend in bed with another guy, you wouldn’t believe in romance either. And the voices in Tess’s head – you know, the ones that tell you you’re not good enough, not pretty enough, not clever enough – well, these voices are very loud. Very loud indeed. Especially when the proud and disagreeable son of one of her patients starts challenging her every decision.
Edward Russell might have a big job and a posh voice, but Tess is determined not to let him get to her, especially if she can get her inner monologue to stop with the endless self-sabotage. And Edward, it turns out, may be less of a prat than he first appears; he’s certainly handy in a crisis.
In the real world, where gentlemanlike manners and out-of-the-blue declarations of love are a story-book fantasy, it’s up to Tess to decide whose voice to listen to … and how to make her own heard.
Thank you to NetGalley, HarperCollins Uk and One More Chapter for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I devoured this book! It was such an enjoyable read. I couldn’t sleep and decided to read for a little bit, then suddenly it was half 5 and I’d read 80% of this book. I couldn’t put it down and I would have continued reading if I wasn’t exhausted!
Love Life follows Tess, a Doctor working at a hospice. She doesn’t fully believe in romance as her Dad left when she was 5 years old and she found her last boyfriend in bed with another guy. The voices in her head are very deprecating and she does mention how she suffers with bulimia. If you would find that triggering then I wouldn’t recommend reading this book, as although it isn’t a constant presence, there is a recurring mention of it. Tess’ inner voices take the form of a TV show host and Jane Austen herself. I love that over the course of this book, she learns to love herself and combats her inner negative thoughts.
‘None of us wish to be in calm waters all our lives.’
Whilst this book was enjoyable, it wasn’t quite as lighthearted as I thought it might be. It deals with heavy themes and sometimes I found Tess’ inner monologue to be too much, or distracted me slightly from the story. I think the idea of the two voices was interesting, but I found myself skipping over them occasionally.
‘It does really make you think life is too short to be spending it doing something you don’t enjoy.’
This is an emotional romance book as the setting of the story is in a palliative care hospice. Tess meets her patient’s son, who she had previously met but he had no recollection of her. Edward Russell is struggling to come to terms with his mother suffering from cancer. He comes across as bit of a prat, but as Tess gets to know him more and spends time with him and his mother, she soon thinks differently. I loved their relationship and was constantly rooting for them to realise their feelings for each other. This was a fun read, and if you like romance books with a bit of a heavier theme, then this is the book for you!