Katherine Dale lives her life according to her daily horoscope forecast. Having recently hit forty, Katherine is living with her partner, James Kingman, and their delightful little six-month-old daughter, Leyla. James is an up-and-coming name in astrology and that’s how they met. At a party to celebrate the publication of Katherine’s first novel, James was about to propose when Katherine announced the news that she was expecting a baby. ‘Ask me later, when I can fit into my dream dress’ she’d told him.
Wind forward thirteen months and while there is an engagement ring on Katherine’s finger, James still can’t mention the ‘m’ word. Leyla suffers from colic and won’t settle into any semblance of a routine. The lack of sleep is taking its toll on them all. James is at his wits’ end trying to cope with his increasing workload, while handling a hormonal woman who feels like an abject failure. And then there’s his boss, who has designs – on him!
With feline help from No. 4, plus a little timely advice from old postman Tom and neighbour Ed, can James and Katherine’s love for each other survive all of the challenges that life is throwing at them? Will there ever be time to plan that dream wedding?
I read the first instalment of this book, Under The Stars, several months back and really enjoyed Katherine and James’ story. Although this novel can be read as a stand-alone, I love stories that continue on after the first book ended. It might just be my nosy personality, but I always wonder what happens to the characters after we turn the last page.
Quintessentially Yours again places Katherine, James and Mark (a well known astrologer) at the heart of its storyline. However, this time round each of them is dealing and facing completely different “problems” than before. Although I liked Katherine in the first book, I felt that I could identify with her a lot in this second instalment. Her struggles of juggling a new baby, her career and finding herself again reminded me very much of the first few months with our little bundle of joy.
Whenever I read a Linn B Halton book, I feel that one of her strong points is the development of her characters. Quintessentially Yours is no exception to this. It quickly becomes clear how much work and research must go into bringing these characters alive. With many books I remember the storyline and maybe the name of the hero/heroine, but because the reader gets to know so much about Katherine, James and Mark these names somehow stick and as mentioned before, I read Under The Stars several months back, I could still remember all three names and what their characters were about.
Quintessentially Yours is a refreshing and touching read about relationships, parenthood, the juggling of work/family life and not to forget – a little astrological guidance.
Many thanks to the author for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.