The Colwich Lake Series (3 book series)

Where did I find it: on Facebook. I saw the image below and loved the covers. It made me want to read them.
What I liked: the exploits of Abbi and Elliott. They had me laughing with them. They had a great relationship having been friends since they were small children. Then, as the story moved along I cried with Abbi. It was so beautifully written, it pulled at my heartstrings.
What I didn’t like: no spoilers, but what happened to Nonna was the saddest thing ever. I was really moved by the sadness and heartbreak that Abbi went through.
Overall: it’s a beautiful story of teenagers coming of age. All the things they get up to, and how they related to each other, I just loved the book! I can’t wait to read the series.

Where did I find it: on Facebook when the author posted the image below.
What I liked: that the story was told by the main character, Tom. All the narrative was from his point of view. That mean we got to know exactly what he was thinking. What I found fascinating was the front Tom put up. He was a confident happy boy who wanted to be friends with everyone. But on the inside Tom was constantly afraid of revealing his true self. It was beautifully written, poignant and moving.
What I didn’t like: that ugly world, bullying. It’s haunted me because I didn’t see it at the time. I thought it was just the antics of boys when in fact it was much more. Also, there was scene at a party that was totally humiliating for poor Tom – and riveting reading. I felt so sorry for him. What his friends did was wrong, but for the right reasons, just the wrong place. I was totally transfixed with the tense situation.
Overall: it’s an emotional, tender, and poignant read. A lot was moving in ways I hadn’t thought about. Initially, I didn’t think the story was for me but couldn’t have been more wrong. This story is for everyone because love has no boundaries, and young love is sometimes bitter sweet.

Where did I find it: I saw the image below on Facebook and it attracted me.
What I liked: all of it! The shock of finding out who Beatrix bumps into at the pub they both worked at; how their blossoming relationship would take them on an enlightening journey and finally, the secrets they were forced to keep, along with the knowledge that when revealed it would be painful beyond words. I hadn’t read the description of this book before I read it. All I knew when I downloaded it was the main character Beatrix, who was Tom’s friend in Chasing the Sunrise. On reading it now, it gives away nothing. So this story is full of surprises, and shocks.
What I didn’t like: the heartbreak that some people are forced to endure alone. The sadness some people carry and the message that we should think before we judge people.
Overall: this third book and it ramps up the emotions of the readers through the lives of the characters. For me, there is one stand out scene that will stay with me long after closing the final page. It happens in Llandudno, a seaside town not far from where I live. Beatrix’s boyfriend finally reveals his dark secret to her. It’s a heart rendering shock I hadn’t expected, even though readers, along with Beatrix, will have been waiting for this revelation. This is a stunning series beautifully written and will leave its mark on every reader.