The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton [review]

The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton by Catherine Alliott[Synopsis]

Evie Hamilton has a secret. One she doesn’t even know about. Yet . . . She’s blissfully unaware that her charmed and happy life is about to be turned upside down. And it all begins one sunny, Oxford morning when a letter – a ticking time bomb – lands on Evie’s immaculate doormat. Something she never anticipated threatens to sabotage all that she holds dear. It’s time for her to reappraise everything in her carefully arranged universe.
Is Evie strong enough to fight for what she loves? What will be left and what will change forever? And can her world really be as fragile as her best china?

[My Review]

The Longest Holiday

The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton was so much fun! I laughed out loud at Evie’s antics countless times; often ‘chick-lit’ which is supposed to be humorous is actually a bit try hard, or not quite to my humour, but I found this novel really entertaining.
There were some pretty emotional parts to The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton, and the way Alliott blends humour and poignance so seamlessly is a testament to her writing and skill. The characters are just brilliant, some more likeable than others, and I got so into the story that I really wanted to give some characters a good slap at times!
Having read Wish You Were Here recently I wanted to read more by her, and this certainly didn’t disappoint! She’s up there now with some of my other favourite authors in this genre (Marian Keyes and JoJo Moyes are another few of my favourites) and I’ll be reading more as and when I can!
[Rating: 4/5]
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  1. I have to admit I regret the time invested in reading this book. It’s left me feeling depressed, trapped and lacking faith.
    The small advances and growth in this character towards the end of the book, don’t really make up for her vacuous, selfish, weak minded narrative. I guess I was hoping for profundity, but found an almost personality that still, was never interesting enough to be the focal point of any story….

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