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KINDLE ó One Day In May ⚡ Single mother Hattie has plenty of reasons to be happy with her life Her antiques business is flourishing, her teenage son is settled at boarding school and she s enjoying a fling with a younger, very sexy man But all that changes one fine day in May The author does a good job of making you like the characters in this book except for the main character, Hattie From the beginning, she oscillates wildly between uninteresting and grating The story moved along at a good pace and was organized in an interesting way, but the end felt rushed, sloppy and awkward It is one of those books that you read KNOWING it is building to a big reveal, and once the reveal happens in this book, it renders everything you read previously pointless and makes yo The author does a good job of making you like the characters in this book except for the main character, Hattie From the beginning, she oscillates wildly between uninteresting and grating The story moved along at a good pace and was organized in an interesting way, but the end felt rushed, sloppy and awkward It is one of those books that you read KNOWING it is building to a big reveal, and once the reveal happens in this book, it renders everything you read previously pointless and makes you dislike the already unlikeable Hattie even This is a story all about lies Big lies, little lies Lies to yourself and lies to your family I first started this book some time ago, and I trundled along with it, but in the last two weeks I have seriously started to get back into it I have to admit, that I was bowled over by the shocking admission that happens towards the end of the story I, as a reader, had been suckered into the lies that Hattie had managed to weave around her life, and when I read it, I was as shocked as the character This is a story all about lies Big lies, little lies Lies to yourself and lies to your family I first started this book some time ago, and I trundled along with it, but in the last two weeks I have seriously started to get back into it I have to admit, that I was bowled over by the shocking admission that happens towards the end of the story I, as a reader, had been suckered into the lies that Hattie had managed to weave around her life, and when I read it, I was as shocked as the characters in the story.And that is why I loved this story It was gritty, it was life, it was fantastic, and was real Hattie had spent a lifetime telling herself lies to make herself feel better, and while they didn t unravel, it struck a chord, because often we tell ourselves lies in order to feel better about ourselves and our lives Hattie as a character was shallow to start with a married man that she had left and mourned for the rest of her young life with a younger man that she told herself she wasn t serious about an adopted son that she adored, a thriving business, but there was something missing By the end of the story you knew what was missing And so did Hattie After years of lies, she finally found the truth I absolutely love Catherine Alliott s books and have read the majority of those she s had published so far She has a quirky kind of writing style and although some of her plots are a little bit odd see Rosie Meadows Regrets to know what I mean , her books are ultimately enjoyable Therefore I was thrilled to see Catherine was back after a two year absence with a new book The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton and I couldn t wait to get my hands on it The fact it s still sitting on my shelf is irr I absolutely love Catherine Alliott s books and have read the majority of those she s had published so far She has a quirky kind of writing style and although some of her plots are a little bit odd see Rosie Meadows Regrets to know what I mean , her books are ultimately enjoyable Therefore I was thrilled to see Catherine was back after a two year absence with a new book The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton and I couldn t wait to get my hands on it The fact it s still sitting on my shelf is irrelevant I was then sent One Day In May to read and have only just gotten around to it as I knew it would take me a few days to read as it s quite a large book The book, as I mentioned, is rather large and the trade paperback the only version of the book available the paperback is out in 2011 comes in at just over 450 pages It makes a change to read something a bit meatier and I couldn t wait to get sucked in The book easily sucked me in, as I expected, and I managed to finish the book a mere 48 hours after starting it For such a long book, I was incredibly worried that it might lag in places but it never really does Catherine has always written relatively long books so I always know what to expect and I found One Day In May a very absorbing and fantastic tale.While the main plot at the beginning of the review may well be about Hattie bumping into the widow of her first love, Dominic, there is actually so muchgoing on in the book There s the fact Hattie and her partner Maggie are co re decorating Laura and Hugh s, Hattie s sister and brother in law, house along with a completely different designer Ralph De Grandville which causes much consternation between all parties concerned Hattie s relationship with Ivan, her younger boyfriend, is also a bit of a talking point throughout the book But my favourite sub plot to the book was learning all about the younger Hattie and how she came to fall in love with Dominic, a married politician I found that part of the book entirely absorbing although I was constantly telling Hattie not to go there or do that Another fantastic part of the entire story was Hattie s visit to Bosnia where she joins her brother Kit who was working with the International Red Cross during the war there Catherine must have really had to do her research about that and it sounded like such terrible things happened there The terror and sense of not knowing what may happen to you was palpable and it was really gripping.As far as characters go, One Day In May had plenty of fantastic characters I must of course mention Hattie first as she s not only our main character but the book is also told entirely from her point of view Hattie was immensely likeable and although some of her decisions may have been questionable, I could completely understand everything she did I absolutely loved Seffy, Hattie s son He was a typical teenager but he definitely had some hidden depths which are revealed as the book progresses I also really loved Maggie, Hattie s best friend and business partner She was very forthright and vocal and was completely unafraid to voice her opinion, no matter who it offended The sparring between herself and Ralph De Grandville the other interior designer was legendary The rest of Hattie s family were great, too, and they sound like a family anyone would be proud to call family I couldn t mention the characters without mentioning Letty, Dominic s widow, and Hal, Dominic s brother We didn t really see much of Letty, though, but I really liked Hal I also must mention Ivan, Hattie s young boyfriend We don t actually see much of him but he is quite an important character To be honest, we see so little of him that I still don t really know what I thought of him Catherine s writing is as fantastic as ever She seems to have a similar writing style to Katie Fforde, whom I adore I hate to tag the style as old fashioned as it s not really old fashioned but it s different to the younger chick lit generation More mature, perhaps It s a hugely enjoyable writing style though and I hugely enjoy reading it As it usual with a Catherine Alliott book there are plenty of twists and turns I actually thought I had the ending all sussed out but no, Catherine came up with another twist We also find out just why the book is titled One Day In May I got about halfway through the book and I was wondering where the title had come from I suppose the only downside for me was the ending Don t get me wrong, it was a good ending but I just wasn t expecting it and it kind of felt a bit rushed.Overall One Day In May is another fantastic read from Catherine Alliott I, for one, am thrilled she s back and I really missed her books in her two year absence Here s to manyfab Catherine Alliott books One Day In May is a fine read and I look forward to getting stuck into The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton Hugely recommended 3.5 stars single parenting There s a twist on story Again peoples should learned from this book No right in any parts of the world to love someone which already committed to partner wife husband etc It s not yours no matter how fault toxic their relationship, you are no angel Stay away because when you took things that wasn t yours it will never end well If it s mean to be you it will come back to you as your own , not a stolen thingWell written book why I don t give it like 4 or 5 3.5 stars single parenting There s a twist on story Again peoples should learned from this book No right in any parts of the world to love someone which already committed to partner wife husband etc It s not yours no matter how fault toxic their relationship, you are no angel Stay away because when you took things that wasn t yours it will never end well If it s mean to be you it will come back to you as your own , not a stolen thingWell written book why I don t give it like 4 or 5 stars, despite the fault of Hal by sending h some short harsh letter , of all their interaction attraction I hope h give him back his love and be happily together Nope it s end rather dry