Somebody to Love by Sheryl Browne
Through this book, Sheryl Browne has captured the essence of love, life, family and the fear of giving away your heart.
Sigh with contentment, scream with frustration. At times you will weep.
Dumped by her husband for a blindingly blonde twig, single mum Donna is getting on with her life, albeit not very confidently. In her dreams, she’ll meet a drop dead delicious hero who will love her and her three-legged dog without question.
Alas, in reality, they don’t exist. Dashing policeman Mark does what men do: hides his hurt well. Mark has a lot riding on any sort of relationship he might enter into. He has a special needs son. But should he tell Donna, the quirky, sassy, caring woman he’s fallen in love with? Or will he scare her away?
Could Mark be the hunk Donna needs? Could Donna be the rock Mark can lean on? If they look hard enough, can they find Somebody to Love?
Review by JB Johnston:
Donna is a single mum, getting on with life albeit not very confidently. The three greatest loves of her life are her son Matt, her rabbit Findus and her three legged dog Sade. Donna has had her heart broken, her confidence shattered and every ounce of self-worth drained from her body. Does Donna really need a man in her life? Cue the dashing policeman Mark, also having been hurt in the past, Mark falls head over heels for Donna. But, he has a lot riding on any sort of relationship he might enter into. He has a special needs son. But should he tell Donna? Would this frighten her off?
This fabulous book is a Rom Com with a difference. It’s funny, its heart-breaking, and it will either make you sigh with contentment or scream with frustration. At times it made me weep. The special needs thread running through this book will tug at your heartstrings and give you a greater understanding of what it’s like trying to find love when your life is full of complications.
Through this book, Sheryl Browne has captured the essence of love, life, family and the fear of giving away your heart. She has also perfectly captured the highs and lows of parenting a special needs child. But, this is a story focusing on the highs of life too and there are plenty of laughs throughout the book too and I did get caught out unawares sometimes by the comedic element of the book and found myself chuckling away, much to the amusement of those around me.
If you are a fan of Jill Mansell you will love this book. The characters jump of the page at you and make you instantly care about them – whether you want to or not! They are interesting, funny and are as vital to the book as the main characters. Each one offers something valuable to the story and you just can’t stop yourself liking them. There’s a villain and heartbreaker there too and by the end of the book I was baying for his blood!
Sheryl Browne is without doubt a very talented writer and I could imagine her being offered a movie deal for this book at some point in the future. It’s just crying out to be made into a good rom-com movie. Yes, it’s that good! One of the best books I’ve read this year. I’ll certainly be reading more of her work.
Review by Harlequin Junkie Blog:
This book is a laugh a minute from the beginning to the end!
Somebody to Love is a truly heartfelt and emotional read! The budding romance between Donna and Mark (and yes ladies he is a man in uniform so you get my drift when I say YUMMY) was so sweet and tender.
I love how the author shows that it is easy to get caught up in a tangle of lies and when it comes crashing down you wish that you had not started with lie number one to begin with. The book had depth, romance, life lessons and tons of laughter.
The author exceeded my expectations on the incorporation of autism, and just how a child with it can grow. I fell in love with the three legged dog so sad and at the same time so cute. The author perfectly captured how two people can find love again and be happy no matter the obstacles.
If you need to just relax and escape from it all this is the perfect little pick me up!