Thursday, 24 November 2011

Review: Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

Mad Love
Suzanne Selfors
Bloomsbury
Publication date: 6th June 2011
Guest review by Pauline



Writing her own love story could drive a girl insane!
When you’re the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can’t write it. Alice needs a story for her mother—and she needs one fast. That’s when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol’s voice in her head and see things she can’t explain, she must face the truth—that she’s either inherited her mother’s madness, or Errol is for real

Set in Seattle, Alice,the daughter of best selling romantic author, Belinda Amorous, is desperately trying to conceal the fact that her mother has mental health issues from the world and more importantly her avid admirers. Alice has sacrificed a normal teenage life to manage her mother's secret and affairs, ranging from book signings and fending off publisher's requests for a follow up novel, while her mother secretly receives treatment in an exclusive hospital. It all becomes too much for Alice when the publisher threatens to withhold the advance payment which Alice so badly needs to pay Belinda's outstanding and ongoing expensive medical fees - which means going public and undoing all the good work of the doctors.  And to complicate things further, Alice falls for a boy who passes her house each day and just when she thinks things can't get any worse, she meets Errol, a strange yet intriguing boy, who claims he's Cupid and that he has chosen Alice to write his real story for the world to know.  But time is a factor - not only for the publisher's deadline but also for Errol, who needs to tell Alice his story before its too late.  Is this the answer to Alice's prayers or the start of a new nightmare?...

This is a book which absolutely sits at the teenage girl market, but I enjoyed it because I was able to read it easily and totally fall into the story! It tells a really sweet story, tinged with a touch of mystery and intrigue. The author portrayed Alice and her predicament so well that you totally related to her every word, thought and emotion and as a result I found myself gripped.  I read this book on holiday and it was a total switch off from the craziness around me.

Guest reviewer Pauline lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons. As a typical busy working mum she don't get much time to be a serious reader, and therefore hasn't a preferred genre, but instead uses reading as a way to unwind before bedtime. However having reached the ripe old age of Forty she was keen to try new types of books and was more than happy to provide some guest reviews for My keeper shelf.
Pauline and Lesley actually work together and are often found mid afternoon raiding the chocolate machine at work, having cups of tea and swearing loudly in a random manner.

3 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this book. Great review

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  2. This book sounds fun and fast! I like a light hearted read every now and then- especically after something heavy! Excellent review.

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com

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  3. I really liked this book as well, and it always makes me happy to see reviews of it :)

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