Sunday, 30 September 2012

Review - The School Gates by Nicola May

Another hilarious and entertaining book from Nicola May.
The book is based around people who meet and form friendships at The School Gates.  There's Dana who used to be an Au Pair and married the man of the house and now lives a life of luxury with husband Mark but really wants to do something for herself, then theres Alana, single mom and such a workaholic that she doesn't get chance to spare any time with her daughter.  Then there's Mo who has an abusive husband, and is trying to plan her escape and being helped by her close friend Joan who experiences a devastating blow to her life and finally there's Gordon whose sister and husband died and finds that he has suddenly acquired twin daughters. 

All of these people have their own trials and tribulations and some are aired at the school gates but some are hidden away. 

I was first introduced to Nicola May when I read Working It Out.  My review can be found by clicking here. A few months later I then read Star Fish and my review of that can be found by clicking here

She has a delightful way of adding the most hilarious of phrases into her books which stay with you forever.  There are quite a few 'rude bits' in her books, which I certainly didn't mind, in fact I found that they made the reading experience a throroughly entertaining one for me. 

She writes about the ups and downs of life and parenthood in a down to earth and humourous manner which never ceases to amuse me.  I'd love to spend an evening sharing a bottle of wine with Nicola, I think she'd be such a hoot!

All of her books are un-put-down-able and easy to read and the plots are all so cleverly written they are full of fun and frolics but there are serious sides to them too. 

I love the way that Nicola writes about close friendships, they're really important in life and her books always highlight some wonderful relationships between friends and her characters are always full of life and full of colour too!   I always find myself wanting to be friends with the characters in her book, or otherwise I find myself wanting to jump into the book and want to be one of the characters.

On a scale of one to ten on entertainingness and enjoyability of her books, I'd have to award this book at least a 12!   Another cracker from Nicola May, I just hope she's got plenty more swimming around in her imagination as I could read her work continuously!

Nicola May lives in Berkshire. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Brilliant. Am so looking forward to reading this. I've read Nicola May before and was thoroughly entertained.

CJ x