This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
This month, we read Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley for The Novelicious Book Club. Ahead of our live natter about the book on Twitter at 8pm tonight – join us for virtual wine, nibbles and book geekery if you’re around – a few members of Team Novelicious are here to share their thoughts on the book.
There was nothing I didn't love about Conditional Love. It was such a fresh and funny read, with many hilariously awkward situations that made me chuckle and after reading it I had quite a few post-its scattered across my room with phrases that I wrote down that made me crack up. The humour felt to me similar to that of Lindsey Kelk and Lisa Dickenson, so if you like the novels by those lovely ladies then Conditional Love will definitely be up your bookish street.
It's hard to believe that this was Cathy Bramley's debut as it reads as if written by a much more seasoned author. I am thrilled that she's now published by Transworld and they've released a brand spankin' new version of this fab novel, so even more people can fall in love with the charming story of Sophie Stone!
After reading the Ivy Lane and Appleby Farm series, I couldn't wait to start on Conditional Love. This is another completely absorbing read. The main character Sophie is instantly likeable and, with her inability to stand up for herself and tendency to always see the best in people, even when she is being told otherwise, I really related to her.
Heroine trying to figure out who she really is – check, relationship woes – check; Family drama – check. But what's this? A bit of Grand Design's property porn in a novel? Ooooh. Right up my street. Or rather right through my (imaginary) bi-fold doors! I did have a few frustrations with Sophie, but I really enjoyed Conditional Love – as I did Appleby Farm – and I'm looking forward to the last part of Wickham Hall, too!
I’ve always had a soft spot for inheritance stories, but most of those are historical fiction or gothic romances. Conditional Love was an instantly compelling, modern take on the old mysterious benefactor novels I love. Once again, Cathy Bramley has written a book with a relatable heroine, a snappy, page-turning plot and a simply gorgeous sprinkling of romance.
Join us for The Novelicious Book Club chat on Twitter at 8pm tonight to let us know what you thought of the book!