Ella Emerson is a busy bee! Having only just released Freak Out, she has re-released Sky Watcher, just weeks before she releases I Am Atlas! I’m struggling to get one book finished, never mind three! I’m in awe of her!
Sky Watcher is about Allison, a recently divorced 35-year-old who is taking baby steps into the dating game. After going on a date with Gavin McDermott, a hot-shot lawyer, she manages to come away with a new job, a new home and a potential new boyfriend. Allison takes up Gavin’s offer of being a help to his mother Maggie on the family chicken farm but little does Allison know that there is a more impressive prospect of a new boyfriend in the shape of Gavin’s brother, Luke, who is living at the farm and helping his mother out too.
The beginning of the book seems a bit unlikely, although this doesn’t cause any issues with the overall narrative. I mean, that would be some first date, to be offered a new job and a new home, as well as the attentions of a successful man! That said, once you are past this point, what you have is a really pleasant love story. This was a really easy read and I bought into Allison’s situation quite quickly. I can understand her dilemma. Luke sounds hot and Gavin appears to be a bit shallow. However, this works well so that the reader is cheering on Allison and Luke as a couple, right from the start.
Whilst the plot is a little predictable at times, this is a really nice book to read. Emerson harnesses the importance of family, and that age is only a number. As Luke says “Age is like mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” (I smiled at the reference to Breaking Faith by Joy Eileen too, my August Book of the Month.)
I enjoyed Sky Watcher. The characters are likeable, even Gavin, even though he is a bit self-centred, and Emerson keeps you invested in the plot so that you want everything to work out for all the main players. Sky Watcher is a great book for reading on the beach or if you’d just like to cosy up on the sofa with hot chocolate and a nice, romantic read.
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