Review: Rachel Schurig – In Search of a Love Story

Rachel Schurig - In Search of a Love StoryI read a few of Rachel Schurig’s books earlier this year and really enjoyed them. It’s typical predictable chick-lit, but that’s not always a bad thing. If you want to get lost in something easy to work where you can become completely absorbed with the characters, there’s nothing better than a good chick-lit book.

I found it very easy to get lost in this book, Em was a very likeable main character, not stuck up or pretentious like some lead characters can be. And I liked most of her friends too, although I did find the character of Ashley quite annoying.

The basic premise of the book is that Em has just broken up with her latest boyfriend, and feels like her track record of men is terrible and she may as well just give up (she’s only 25!), but her friends decide that the reason she can’t keep a boyfriend is that she’s no good at romance; she never watches romantic films, doesn’t read books like Pride and Prejudice, and doesn’t pay much attention to her appearance. In Em’s defence, she has way more important things to be interested in, like her flourishing career as a physical therapist, but her character in the beginning is a bit of a weak pushover, and she lets her friends bully her into a ‘project’ to make her become more romantic.

Needless to say, Em falls head over heels for a guy that she believes is the perfect man. He buys her presents, takes her to expensive places and generally treats her like a princess. But when he starts to become more controlling over her, Em feels like she should be grateful that someone like him would be interested in someone like her. At this point, you’re practically shouting at the book for her to open her eyes and realise that he’s a tool. Especially since you’ve already known for half the book that the perfect guy is right in front of her and she just can’t see him.

Being a chick-lit book, you can probably guess where the ending is heading, so I won’t go any further into the plot. But I have to give props to Schurig for the way that she allows Em to realise the truth about where her future should be. I’m not ashamed to admit that I may have shed a tear or two towards the end.

After reading and enjoying four of Schurig’s books, it makes me quite happy to open her author page on Goodreads and find she’s written many more! Although I think I should read some more off my shelf before I spend any more money on books!

I’ll just leave you with my favourite quote from the book, it really stood out to me.

“If this guy was the one, you’d know it. And if he is, it’s worth losing all the friendships in the world. I can promise you that. If you’re really in love, your friends will know it. If they don’t, they weren’t worth being friends with in the first place.”

4/5

Review: Rachel Schurig – Three Girls and a Leading Man

Rachel Schurig - Three Girls and a Leading ManI have to say, this was definitely the most disappointing book of the series. Having read Three Girls and a Baby from Ginny’s perspective and Three Girls and a Wedding from Jen’s, I was right about Three Girls and a Leading Man being all about Annie.

But for some reason, I just couldn’t click with Annie. She seemed to be constantly whiny and wrapped up in herself, and she just wasn’t a pleasant character to read. I found myself continually wanting to slap her round the face and tell her to snap out of it!

The book starts off with all the main characters jetting off on a trip to Las Vegas, which seemed completely random and not really tied into the book, apart from the fact that it was where she met Nate. And since he lived in Detroit anyway, it seems like she could have just met him there and saved a load of pages for the part of the story that we actually wanted to read, namely their on-off romance.

Then finally once they get back to Detroit, it seems like Annie’s self obsession is destined to keep her alone, just how she thinks she wants it. But as a reader you know better and you’re screaming at the book telling her not to be so stupid.

Typical chick-lit, I’m sure I don’t need to give you three guesses as to the ending, although Annie does make some decisions that are a bit surprising.

The book did provide me with a lovely quote though. I’ve not had many stand out quotes recently since I’ve been reading mostly crime books, but I thought this was beautiful.

“Being with someone is not a burden, not when you’re right for each other. We don’t hold each other back. We make each other better.”

Having just looked online, I can see that there are a couple more books added to the series since this bowser was compiled, so I may have to give them a try, but not until I’ve made a bit more headway into my ‘to-read’ pile which seems to be growing forever longer!

2/5

Review: Rachel Schurig – Three Girls and a Baby

Rachel Schurig - Three Girls and a BabyWell after reading crime books back to back for a few weeks, I figured it was time to revert back to my old favourites for a while, so up rolled Three Girls and a Baby by Rachel Schurig. I bought this on Amazon quite a while ago, part of a set of three by the same author which were pretty cheap and looked kind of promising.

When it finished, I was left with mixed thoughts. I had really enjoyed the book and found myself completely attached to the main character Ginny. But I was also left with a feeling that not much had happened and that the book could have been made much longer if it had been padded out more in the middle.

The book centres around Ginny, who has just found herself pregnant after a one night fling with her ex boyfriend, who then decides that he doesn’t want anything to do with Ginny or their baby. We join her throughout the ups and downs of the next nine months, helped along by her two best friends/roommates. The thing that I think was missing was that we seemed to skip huge chunks of time during which we could have learned more about the character to get a better feel for her.

Because actually, the feeling that I got about her was that she was (to put it bluntly) a whiny little b*tch. She spends the entire book moping over her ex-boyfriend instead of focusing on what’s in front of her and the more pressing matter of a baby arriving in less than 9 months. At times, I wanted to slap her out of her pathetic obsession and tell her to get on with it.

Considering that it’s a chick-lit book, you can probably tell that the ending was going to be quite predictable. And while most of the chick-lit books that I’ve read have had a bit of a twist or something that wasn’t expected, this was straight down the line to the end. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but since the book was so short, it was a little disappointing to not have at least some sort of twist involved.

There are two further parts to this story, so we’ll see whether Rachel Schurig develops the story any more or if we end up with a rather predictable middle and end to the trilogy. And we’ll see how Ginny’s character develops and whether she can become a bit more stable and mature now she has a baby to worry about.

3/5