Book Review : The Art of Forgiving by Anna Bloom

February 6, 2014 Book review 2 ★★★½

The Art of Forgiving is a Christmas novella retelling the Christmas scene in The Art of Letting Go from Ben’s point to view.  It’s fun and messy and a very quick read that brought some smiles back to my face.

Book Review : The Art of Forgiving by Anna BloomThe Art of Forgiving by Anna Bloom
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on 11 Dec 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Author
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three-half-stars

Benjamin Chambers found the girl, won the girl, and then lost the girl all in two months. It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t that girl. The one that had already got away once.

Left to his own devices, wallowing in self-pity, drinking whiskey and killing ballads on his guitar Ben is looking forward to the worst Christmas in history. That is until an unexpected offer of help arrives.

Given the best Christmas gift he could ever wish for, the chance to spend one more day with the girl that got away.  Ben knows he just has one day to convince Lilah that they are meant to be together, before he has to make some big decisions about his own future. Just one day to set right the mistakes that he has made, but will it be enough?

Ben may end up finding out that The Art of Forgiving isn't something you can teach, it is something that you have to earn.

First Line of The Art of Forgiving:

“The call that saves Christmas arrives at ten”.

My Thoughts on The Art of Forgiving:

This novella captures a lot of fun and wit that makes this series stand out for me.  I’m not the biggest fan of novellas as I prefer a book I can sink my teeth in to but this novella is a fun teaser that reminds that I’m looking forward to book 2 in this series.

Again (similar to my feelings on the other Uni novella – The Saving of Benjamin Chambers), I feel it will work better if you read it as part of the series and not as a standalone.  If you read it on its own, I don’t know if you would fully get behind the characters.  Ben and Lilah might just seem like a couple of drunks getting it on!  Believe me, not the case!  They are a great couple who have a few hiccups but the intensity between them gives me shivers.

Short as this book is, there is a reunion scene that gave me a burst of satisfaction, I am rooting for Ben and Lilah to find a happy ever after.  Bring on book 2 ASAP, I need to know what happens in Year 2 🙂

Rating Report
Characters
four-stars
Setting
three-half-stars
Pace
three-stars
Did I feel it?
three-half-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

 

Who should read The Art of Forgiving?

I’d recommend you read this novella AFTER you read The Art of Letting Go.  If you enjoy NA, then you should check out this hilarious and emotional NA series set in an English University.

Thanks to Anna for giving me a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

three-half-stars

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2 Responses to “Book Review : The Art of Forgiving by Anna Bloom”

  1. Rashika

    Oh mann I wish I could read this novella as a stand alone. I am not a huge fan of NA but my achilles heel is second chance romances so this novella is calling to me BUT I WON’T. Because I can see that prior knowledge would be really important for this.

    Lovely Review, Trish!
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