Saturday, 4 January 2014
Review: A Toast to the Good Times by Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt
You know those books that you buy and have every intention to read them immediatley, then find yourself a year later still waiting to read said book. A Toast to the Good Times is one of those books. Steph and Liz are authors that I don't even have to think before buying, and unfortunately I just never got around to reading their book.....until now.
Landry, owns and runs a bar, estranged from family after they posted his bail after getting into a fist fight with his Dad. When I began reading how he hadn't seen them for a year, no more making popcorn strings for Xmas tree I was expecting him to say they had died, so when I got to the fist fight part I couldn't help but laugh. He lives with room-mate and friend Mila, who looks out for him and although she is slightly away with the fairies, from seeing the first interaction between them I knew they were there to balance each other out.
I instantly like Mila with her crazy fashion sense and quirky personality, yet Landry had to earn it in my eyes, and as he slowly realises the truth about himself I began to warm up to him. This is helped when he gets to see parts of his families past that he never knew about, and while he initially tried to blame everything all on his Dad, he soon realises he had the wrong end of the stick and goes about trying to make amends in his own way.
Once Landry came to the realisation of who he wanted I liked how he went out of his way to prove himself worthy, and I thought his gift for Mila was perfect. Of course after this my heart melted just a little bit and I made the decision that he isn't so bad after all.
This duo together made me smile, even if it was just as friends, and I liked seeing the banter between them as A Toast to the Good Times progresses. I loved watching the relationship between Landry and Mila grow from friendship to something more, and while it's not an easy journey, and there are definitely some bumps and hurdles along the way, seeing them in the final chapter was worth this rough start.
While it took me a year to actually pick up A Toast to the Good Times and read the book, it only took a few hours to actually read it, and now that it's finished I kinda wish I had read it before Christmas and not after it, A Toast to the Good Times has all the Christmas spirit you could ever need in a book.