Alphabet Weekends

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Alphabet Weekends: Love on the Road from A to Z by Elizabeth Noble, book reviewA while ago I read ‘Things I want my Daughters to Know‘ by Elizabeth Noble which I found to be one of the most emotional and heart wrenching books that I had read in a long time. As a consequence, I was keen to read more by this author and have just finished her book ‘Alphabet Weekends‘. It is another very good book but nowhere as near as emotional as the other one and is actually written in quite a different style. Nonetheless it was a very enjoyable read.

Alphabet Weekends is a bit of a romantic tale about two friends who have known each other for many ways in a purely platonic way. The story starts on New Year’s Eve with Natalie nursing a broken heart after having been dumped by her long term boyfriend Simon. Tom, her old school friend, comes to her rescue and she spends the evening with him and his friends. As he is also partner less at that time, he half jokingly suggests that they spend the upcoming weekends together, taking it in turns to decide what to do based on the letters of the alphabet. Natalie, having nothing better to do, agrees and there then ensues weekends of abseiling, ballet, canoeing and so on. It is often quite funny as they try to test each other’s staying power for activities that they might not really enjoy. However, as time goes on, and as they spend more time together, they both start to feel a little more for the other. But, as Natalie feels, that would be ridiculous and a bit like kissing the boy next door! As the story progresses, she continually fights these feelings, but will she succumb in the end?

This was a very enjoyable light read with some extremely likeable characters. I really warmed to both Tom and Natalie and really enjoyed reading about how their friendship progressed throughout the book. The alphabet idea seemed quite clever and it makes me wonder what I might have chosen for some of the letters. It also helps the story to move along at a good pace with twenty six clearly defined weekends. This makes it very readable as it is broken down into fairly short sections so it’s always easy to read just a little bit more.

Alongside the main story of Tom and Natalie, are a number of sub plots too relating to their friends and family. Some of these are pretty poignant too such as the decaying health of Natalie’s parents and the rocky relationship between Tom’s brother Patrick and his wife Lucy. I found all of these different stories totally absorbing and I thought that they all merged together very well.

Overall I think that Alphabet Weekends is a great read and I think that it shows that Elizabeth Noble is quite versatile in her writing. I’m now looking out for some of her other books to read too.


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My name is Jo and I have been married to Simon for nine years. We have two beautiful daughters – Rachel who is six and Natalie who is almost five and starting school in January. I also have two step children aged twenty one and seventeen so family life is never dull. I also manage to work three days for a local education authority where I support the teaching of literacy in primary schools. I love my job and it’s ideal for a book lover like me. In my spare time I run, dance and occasionally tread the boards with my local amateur dramatics group. My first love is reading though and you will never find me without a book on the go. My husband is also an avid reader and we are hoping to pass on our love of reading to our daughters. They certainly love their bedtime stories every night. Although I have and English degree and I am familiar with most of the classics, I generally read much lighter stuff these days. It’s mainly ‘chic lit’ but I also enjoy a good thriller or courtroom drama. I have so many favourite authors and this list tends to change regularly depending on what I am reading.

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