Francesscas Romance Reviews

Simple Pleasures -

Annette Evans


Simple PleasuresSimple Pleasures is the story of 3 generations of women in Hollywood. The story spans over 70 years and begins with Gwen, a Hollywood starlet who is trying to overcome a horrific childhood and find love in a town that is known for disastrous relationships. Her daughter, Vicky, grows up in her mother's shadow and comes of age in the free love era of the 1960's. Vicky's daughter, Jenna, must come to terms with the choices of her free spirited mother without becoming a victim.

Simple Pleasures follows these women as they look for love and try to build relationships with each other all while trying to leave their own mark in the acting world. Fame and fortune does not guarantee happiness as they learn the most important thing in life --- Simple Pleasures.

The Review

I have to start by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; it had me crying tears of sadness and also tears of joy. I loved the concept of this book been set across three generations, it certainly makes me wonder what I would find if I looked back over three generations. I loved the concept as it was something that I had never read before; it gave me a new experience for which I am very grateful. It was a heartfelt journey for all three of the characters on their way to experience the simple pleasures in life. All the characters made mistakes and had to live and learn by their decisions.

I have to say I have really struggled with this review as I love the story and the characters, but part of me is torn from giving this novel a 5* rating. I feel as though there is just something missing. As the book is spread across 70 years, some parts of the book felt rushed and I personally felt these could have been expanded slightly to give slightly more emotion to the story. This is already a very emotional story about a family that suffered emotional turmoil throughout their lives, so when Jenna was reading her mother and grandmothers journals I felt that maybe we as readers should have had a little more insight in to Jenna's frame of mind and what she felt and thought whilst reading of her families lives.

The only other was that there was a few typos which I noticed whilst reading, but this has obviously just been overlooked.

All in all this is a wonderful Romance and I do think that everyone should try this. It is defiantly a story I would re-read as it’s a great story about life and what life can throw at you. It took three generations for them to find the simple pleasures in life and it certainly opens your own eyes in the way in which we ourselves live our lives.

I would appreciate it if you could leave your feedback, thank you for taking the time to read this review.

You can purchase the book here:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Posted on: 10/19/2013 - Posted by: Francessca Webster

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