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April 3, 2014 / ljbradburn-Smith

100 Names

 

100 names

 

1 Death + 100 Names + 1 Disgraced Reporter = Cecelia Ahern’s heartwarming new novel.

I choose One Hundred Names, on my last trip to the bookshelf, because I was a bit fed up and I can always rely on Cecelia for a bit of comfort. She is my hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows) in book form and never fails to make me feel content. As a general rule a Cecelia Ahern novel paired with a soak in a bubble bath is my idea of  chick-litty book heaven.

After the death of her friend and mentor, Constance, and a disastrous attempt to further her career, protagonist Kitty finds herself struggling to remember why she fell in love with journalism in the first place. Losing Constance acts as a wake-up call and forces Kitty to realise that she has long since strayed away from writing about subjects close to her heart, in favour of raising her career profile. In a desperate attempt to honour her friend, and claw back an ounce of dignity, Kitty takes it upon herself to write the story Constance always wished she had written, as a tribute to her. Armed with only a list of one hundred names and the threat of having “one last chance” to prove herself spurring her on, Kitty embarks on a journey to track down the story that links them all. What she finds surprises and intrigues her and reawakens her passion for life, love and a good story.

I wouldn’t say that this was my favourite Cecelia Ahern novel, I’m not sure that anything will be able to beat The Time of My Life (my favourite of her novels), but as always it is plain to see that Cecelia Ahern writes from her heart. In a world of fantastic authors, amazing suspense novels and twists that have your mind reeling for at least a day, after putting down a book, Cecelia is unwavering in her belief in happy endings, redemption and the subtle magic that exists inside the simplest of moments. That isn’t to say she doesn’t have the ability to take the reader on a worthwhile journey and keep them guessing about where the story will lead, it just always feels as though it isn’t her who decides but the characters themselves. The beauty of her writing comes from her undeniable understanding of what makes people tick.

If you are searching for a gritty story that will have you on the edge of your seat then this isn’t the place to find it, but if you are in need of a little book warmth, to remind you to never stop searching for the good in the world, then look no further.

 

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