Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be one of the bloggers taking part in the blog tour for Saturdays at Noon by Rachel Marks. With a big thank you to Sriya at Michael Joseph for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. First of all though let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
Emily just wants to keep the world away.
She doesn’t want anyone to know all the ways her life is messed up.
Going to anger management every Saturday, talking to strangers, was not part of the plan.
Jake just wants to keep his family together.
He’s also messed everything up.
Going to anger management is now his best hope for bonding with his six-year-old Alfie.
Emily can’t understand why Jake – who seems to have it all – is even there.
Jake can’t understand why Alfie – who never likes strangers – lights up around spikey Emily.
Everything they think about each other is about to change.
But can they change how they feel about themselves?
I’m really not sure where to start with my review other than to say I loved this book! Saturdays at Noon is told from three perspectives and this works so well to create a beautiful and heartfelt story. It all begins when Jake and Emily meet at anger management and unexpectedly Jake’s son Alfie bonds with Emily. What follows is truly special as you see a story play out filled with themes of family, friendship and love. There are so many brilliant interactions between the characters from the prickly conversations that Jake and Emily have to the wonderful bond between father and son that is at times near breaking point. Then add in the sweet and patient moments between Emily and Alfie which brings an extra level of charm to the story.
Some of the characters in this book could definitely be described as flawed but let’s be honest aren’t we all flawed to a certain degree. To be honest I think this is the reason why I became so attached to them. The characters felt so real to me and Alfie especially was written in such a beautiful and honest way. I loved the parts told from his perspective as they really gave me an insight into his thoughts and feelings. Showing the reader that even though some of his actions might not make sense at first glance, Alfie definitely has his reasons for them. Maybe we should all take a moment and think a little bit more carefully before we act or how we judge other people.
It is safe to say that his book made me feel so many emotions from laughing one minute to tears the next and that is the true sign of an engaging story. From the very first chapter I was invested in these characters lives hoping that everything would work out for them. There is romance but it isn’t the central theme and I think that it just enhanced the plot rather than dominate it. Rachel Marks really got this balance perfectly in my eyes letting the characters grow and learn while still making mistakes as new situations cropped up. This book shows that everyday life isn’t necessarily easy but that the special moments even during a bad day can bring joy too!
When I finished Saturdays at Noon I felt as if I was saying goodbye to friends. I’m sure I will think about this book for quite some time because Saturdays at Noon is emotional but in such a wonderful way! This book reminded me that life is messy and doesn’t always go the way we might imagine but that it’s okay. All that’s left for me to say is that this book has oodles of hope and love wrapped up in its pages, leaving me with a smile and a warm glow. I loved it!