Title: Little Boxes
Suddenly bereaved, Molly White realises that she has never really known her feisty husband Jake when random boxes begin to appear through the post, each one containing a tantalising clue to the secrets of Jake and Molly’s past. Someone who knows them both well, for reasons of their own, has planned a trail of discovery. The clues seem to be designed to change Molly’s life completely, leading her around Britain and then onwards to rural France and deepest Bavaria.
Meanwhile, waiting in the wings is Tom, a charismatic artist who runs a gallery in the same town. Strong, independent and wheelchair-bound from the age of fifteen, he leads a solitary life and has no idea how devastatingly attractive he is to women. When Tom meets curvy, beautiful and funny Molly, he knows that she is his dream woman, but she seems way out of his orbit until the boxes start to weave their spell and the two of them are thrown right out of their comfort zones.
Little Boxes is a story of love in a variety of guises - mother-love, unrequited passion, infatuation and the shadow-love held in memories that refuse to go away.
Author: Celia J Anderson
Published: November 4, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The blurb intrigued me. The story charmed me. In the past I have not been much of a fan of “chick lit”. I find it a bit too emotional for my taste. Not enough escapism for me. However, either I am “growing up” or this was an exceptional story. Both may work, but this is definitely an exceptional story.
From the very beginning, I could not decide how I felt about best friend Shaun. Either he was the best kind of friend in the world or just a total fiend! Who sends their best friend on a “quest” through the past and then not be there for moral support? Diabolical!
Molly White’s “quest” of discovery after Jake’s – her husband – sudden death was . . . So many terms come to mind. Devastating. Enlightening. Empowering. Surreal. Heart stopping. Scary. Frustrating. Angry. Giddy. Yes, emotions tended to be all over the place, but that is to be expected when one is going through the grieving process. But add in the receipt of the “little boxes” and the ongoing “quest” and emotions swung even more.
Learning things about the man she had been married to for going on twenty years, and thought she knew was an eye opener for Molly. Watching her muddle through life after Jake’s death was inspiring. Molly was already a pretty strong woman – raising four children is not easy, whether alone or with a partner. But watching her grow even stronger as she learned these unexpected things about the man she loved – amazing!
Molly’s “romance” with Tom was slow and steady. None of the instant falling in bed to appease lustful attraction. First there was friendship. I liked that. The slow building of their relationship was refreshing, not to mention so much more real.
These characters were well written. They were real and believable. I enjoyed getting to know each and every one. The story was real and believable, and moved along at a nice pace that held my interest and kept me engaged. I was excited and interested when each box appeared. I couldn’t wait to find out what new adventure there would be and what new piece of information would be uncovered – whether it was good or not so good. Something was always learned, and not always just about Jake.
A most enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone.