Review: Linda Green – And Then It Happened

and-then-it-happened-linda-greenMel Taylor thinks she’s got it all, an amazing house in Cragg Vale, a beautiful daughter, and most of all – a husband with whom she is completely in love. But she’s always waiting for something bad to happen, thinks it must be too good to be true.

And then it happens. While Adam is working at the museum, he’s stood under the huge dinosaur skeleton when some building work causes the skull of the dinosaur to come crashing down on him. Mel receives a phone call to say that Adam is in the hospital, and when she gets there, her husband is in a coma.

The story follows Mel’s efforts to get Adam back to the man that he used to be – starting off with getting him out of a coma. She believes that he is there and can hear everything she can say, even though she is doubted by almost everyone else (including the doctors).

The book wasn’t quite what I expected when I saw the front cover, it was a lot more serious. It was loosely based on a number of true stories (as explained by the author in the back of the book), but at some points, I did find it a little hard to believe. I know that there is always the exception to the rule, but this story seemed to be full of miracles that made it slightly unbelievable. But I suppose that’s what a good book is supposed to make you do, believe in the impossible.

I did enjoy the book, the writing was fast paced and the plot was full and well thought out, so I just didn’t want to stop reading, especially when it got within 100 pages of the end. I won’t spoil the end of the book, but I will say that it wasn’t how I expected it. Although I’m kind of glad it didn’t end how I expected it though!

Not bad for the first book of the year, and I would definitely read more books written by Linda Green.

4-5

Leeds German Market in Millennium Square

I’ve been having a tough couple of weeks at work, so when I had a day off yesterday (although not the original 2 and a half that I had planned), Cameron took me into Leeds for lunch and some Christmas shopping. I’ve never been to the German Market before, so that was our first stop. I’m not sure why I’ve never been as it sets up in Millennium Square every year, but I really loved it. I had to reign myself in to stop from spending all my money, but I could seriously have spent a fortune. I did buy a couple of lovely presents for my Mum, although I’m not sure how authentically German they are.

After we’d been around the market, we had lunch at the Cuthbert Broderick (Wetherspoons) in Millennium Square before setting off into the centre of Leeds to do some last bits of Christmas shopping. I’d already bought all my presents so it was mainly for Cameron, but I still ended up spending way too much money! It was extremely windy and very cold, but thankfully there was no rain or snow, so it was a really awesome day. It really helped take my mind off everything for a little while.

Anyway, here’s a few snaps of the German Market, only iPhone pics as I didn’t even think to take my camera with me.