It provided a nice outlet for me. However, I found myself enjoying the quiet times in her country cottage more than her busy times in Rome. I knew who she was going to end up with from the beginning it is one of those books that you can guess the ending within the first chapter and the whole time I was hoping she would end up with the other guy, but I chose the wrong side of the triangle. She meets Peter, an American journalist living in Rome, and they have a weekend romance. And it is about twice as long as most chick lit books I've read. However, on the flipside of that, I thought the descriptions of the classic things Tess described to her students were quite long winded and, as I have no interest in the subject whatsoever, I found myself skipping passages.
It was a pretty close portrayal of real life relationships. It was a nice story idea and you really felt for the characters at times. Which author or literary heroine would be your confidante and adviser, and why? Adam, her best friend from childhood, still lives in the town and has squandered his talent by tending bar and working in the Jane Austen museum. It started well and the build up of brooding atmosphere and anticipation was done really well, but in the end it was all a bit of an anticlimax. He helps her to find a cottage and soon Tess has a new housemate to share it with. But her magical Roman Holiday is about to turn into a nightmare. Whist it may simply be me, I do believe this book had its faults: I found I had absolutely no sympathy for the characters, and when it just started to get good the plot fell flat once again.
Never felt like Tess was making much of a choice. I thought Tess was quite whingey most of the time and yes, of course, I felt sorry for Adam but Tess was right: what had he done with his life? Or maybe I just wasn't in the mood for chick lit by the time I got to the heart of the story. I'll be honest with you, the book didn't grab me. She apparently starts off as intellectual chic, goes through stages of acting old and frumpy she's 30 and then back to glowing and Hmmm. But after 10 years in London, she is back in Langford, after a failed relationship and a lost job. A book should not bore me after 250 pages, it should just be getting exciting and I should be raring to finish it.
Introduction Tess Tennant moves from London to the sleepy picture-perfect town of Langford, where she grew up, to teach Classical Civilization at illustrious Langford College. The Eternal City in May is beautiful, and soon Tess is swept off her feet by Peter, a charming American newspaper reporter who takes her around the city for a magical week. I wanted to get into magazines, but the only place that would employ me was the Lady magazine, which turned out to be one of those awful first jobs where you think your working life will always be like this: I was wholly unequipped for office life, its politics, its mundanity, its tensions. I was left thinking, 'er, was that it? She takes on a job as a Classics teacher at the local college, and rents out a cute little cottage. She reignites her friendship while starting her new job as a classics teacher at the local college.
I liked reading about their childhood days and about life in Langford. Or is she destined to flounder in the old one — alone? But Adam is preoccupied with a new girlfriend, and the past - which Tess thought she'd put behind her - is looming large again. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. This was the first time I had read one of Harriet Evans books, although there are a couple which have caught my eye. Tess and Adam went their own way after doing their A Levels.
Her trip Straight away you want the friends to get together. You really learn to love the characters although I wasn't too fond of the Tess' room mate. For as lenghty as it was though, I still felt like there were a few holes. They are great friends, but something has happened between them. It's English chick lit, of course Jane Austen's got to be there somewhere.
Tess Tennant is moving back to Langford, the place she grew up in. I liked Tess enough, but I kept feeling like she felt bad about herself over the decisions that she would make and the life that she lived, but she never really did anything to change any of that except go to Rome, but after Rome she became the same person again, and I just was confused because I think that she was supposed to develop as a character, but she really didn't in my eyes. A fabulous feel-good love story of friendship lost and love regained' Woman and Home 'A cute story about a girl's search for happiness. First, we don't have that important of a steel industry anymore that a writer for the Post-G I liked this book well enough. . But Adam is preoccupied with a new girlfriend, and the past - which Tess thought she'd put behind her - is looming large again. She moves away to London to experience the city lifestyle, only to return twelve years later after a difficult few years of failed relationships and money hardships.
Or look further into this author. It didn't seem to add any value to the story. After many years apart, Tess returns to town from London and finds Adam — handsome, gawky, Best friends Tess Tennant and Adam Smith grew up in the tiny English town of Langford, made famous for its connection to author Jane Austen — and for its gorgeous vistas, including the historic water meadows. For as lenghty as it was though, I still felt like there were a few holes. She was his only family, as he never knew his father, and he loses his way, gives up his spot at school and seems to give up on life and just stay in town. Independent Reading What do you think about the book and what could have been better? But again, we seem to only really see this after the fact, based on character commentary.
But her magical Roman Holiday is about to turn into a nightmare… Back in Langford Adam is gone and everything has changed. Tess can't seem to leave Langford fast enough. The way I treated her over the summer. And then, in true Harriet Evans fashion, everything goes wrong. The flashback element of the novel was good, and I liked how the author held back on the character's past and then staggered the flashbacks to reveal what had happened between Tess and Adam in the past. My joy, however, was short-lived. There were also too many villagers and I never felt I 'knew' any of them, I kept forgetting who was who and the worst thing about that was that it didn't seem to matter.