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Bookclub Reads: Then. Now. Always.

Plot:

Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and crush). If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameramen) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way…

Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah’s half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?

For once in her life, can’t Hannah just have one perfect summer, free of any drama?

Review:

First, lets discuss the cover, it definitely sets the scene of Mojacar and easy to picture a village that has never changed up through time with its white buildings, bright colourful flowers and amazing views of the sea.

The story follows Hannah who visits the Mojacar on a work trip with her best friend Tom, her dreamy Greek God of a boss Theo and don’t forget Claudette the presenter. The month long trip includes filming a documentary of a place that is close to Hannah’s heart and also as she describes, the place that has made her into the person she is today. Apart from the crazy teenage antics Hannah got up on her last visit to the Spanish village with her friend Rachel many moons ago, Mojacar is exactly how she remembers.

Then Now Always has been written well balanced between getting to know Hannah and her past including her relationship with her half-sister Nancy, her adventures in Mojacar during her work trip and also the magical history of Mojacar. There are a lot of events that happen in this story and we also get to know a bit about each character that is mentioned. My favourite part of this story is the friendship that develops between Hannah and Elaine and getting to know a lot about Elaine’s life story and the reason why she moved to Mojacar, which is sad but the ending will make you happy and proud.

Unfortunately, I did have an issue with this book and that is that I felt it dragged a bit too long when got to about 60-70% of the novel. I felt a bit frustrated at times and I wanted to get straight to the point. Although I loved the descriptions of the island I did find the main character funny at times however annoying at times.

4/5 Stars

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