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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.A Different Reflection by Jane L Gibson
Published by Troubador Publishing Ltd on May 28 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, General
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Katharina Stuart, nicknamed Kat, has a pretty normal life. She has a great job in London writing for a magazine and comes home every night to her beautiful apartment and her fiancé John. Most people would envy her, but Kat has always felt like something is missing from her life… After being assigned a new set of stories, from which she is struggling to gain any enthusiasm, Kat is given a new lead on an old property for sale called ‘Northfield’. It intrigues her that the old butler still lives there and she finds a flurry of excitement that this could be her new story, so proceeds to try and get him to agree to an interview. Northfield does not disappoint in any way. It is old, in beautiful grounds and the grandeur it radiates has Kat captivated from the moment she arrives. She befriends the charming George who still lives there, and as he gains her trust he allows the story of how he came to live there to unfold. He is not alone in the house, and his unbelievable tale of witches, magic and spells makes Kat begin to question her own beliefs… It’s not long before Kat experiences the magic of Northfield first hand, and as she spends more time with the occupants of the old house she so desperately wants to help her new friends. But in doing so, her relationship with John becomes strained, with the added complication of Nadine, his work colleague… Will Kat decide to follow her heart and her dreams, or follow her head and the voice of reasoning? Whatever path she chooses, she knows that her decision will change her life forever. A Different Reflection is a modern day fairytale that captures the lives of regular people alongside romance and fantasy.
Kat Stuart is a typical 29 year-old Londoner, she writes for a magazine and has a fiancé John. Given an assignment to find a story that is true and heartwarming she discovers Northfield. Northfield is an old estate that comes with its own butler George, whose wild tales intrigue Kat. Soon Northfield becomes a haven for Kat, and she all she can hope, is that the stories are true.
A Different Reflection is a typical formulaic chick lit book. Kat’s job is as a journalist, her fiancé is good, but not great, and she has a quirky girlfriend Claire. The addition of the ghost story/ fairy tale aspect could have elevated this above the typical but that outcome was transparently obvious as well. But in chick lit obvious is not necessarily a bad thing, a good chick lit book is comforting, like putting on your favorite jammies after a long day. The problem with this book was not the story but the author’s fondness for certain sentence enders. I have never seen more excited characters, exclamation points ended at least half of the sentences in the book. Then when the sentence was finished you were constantly told that someone had spoken. In the following except there are more exclamation points after someone speaks than any other punctuation mark and someone asks (twice), replies, states, confirms and says. The entire book is patterned this way. Excerpt from book –
John asked him. “So how is the house hunting going?” “Oh, don’t ask. It’s not as easy as I expected it to be!” Charles replied “I didn’t know that you were planning on moving home!” I stated with surprise. “Well we want a garden for the children, and plenty of space, including a spare room for guests to stay. It’s not as easy as you might imagine near London!” Helen confirmed. “Oh, Charles, tell them about the house we went to see on Wednesday!” She then excitedly said, “It was so strange!” “How so?” I asked curiously.
These ways of ending the sentences were distracting and broke up the conversations so they did not flow but seemed very stilted. The story and premise were a solid 3 star read, but the sentence structure issues pulled it down. It was a fine story, but not a book that I will re-read.