Review: Somebody to Love by Sheryl Browne
Publisher: Safkhet Soul
Age recommendation: Young adult, Adult
After a turbulent marriage to a man who walked off hand-in-offshoot with something resembling a twig, divorced mum, Donna O’Conner, doubts happy endings exist. She’d quite like to find herself an Adonis with… pecs …and things. Alas, that’s not likely, when her only interest outside of work is hopping her three-legged dog in the park, carrying a poop-scoop. In any case, Donna isn’t sure she’d know what to do with an Adonis if she fell on one. When PC Mark Evans comes along, gloriously gift-wrapped in blue, however, she can’t help wishing she did.
Mark, a single father, is desperate for love. He doesn’t hold out much hope, though, that there is a woman out there with a heart big enough to love him and his autistic son. Enter big-hearted Donna, plus three-legged dog. And now Mark has a dilemma. Pretending not to mind her house-bunny chewing his bootlaces, he’s smitten with Donna on sight. Should he tell her his situation up-front? Announcing he has a child with autism spectrum disorder on a first date tends to ensure there isn’t a second. Or should he skirt around the subject, which amounts to a lie? When one lie leads to another, can he ever win Donna’s trust back? Admit that he didn’t trust Donna enough to let her into his life?
What caught my eye and made me want to read this book is the fact that one of the protagonist has a special needs son – an autistic son, to be specific. While I don’t have family members with special needs, I have encountered special needs kids and they are absolutely adorable. So I read Somebody to Love. And fell in love with the story, and Karl.
Okay, I’ve got to say that the writing style isn’t top-notch. It isn’t literary standard. But for a light read, it definitely is cozy. It is the type of story you’ll want to curl on a comfy chair and read. There isn’t mystery, but there is some good drama. You can’t forget the humor too, especially when there is a three-legged dog in the story!
Mark is an easily likeable character; Donna? Hm. She is a nice person, but she draws conclusions way too fast. Maybe it has to do with the fact that she had been in a bad marriage once. Nevertheless, I sometimes thought that she needed to give Mark the benefit of the doubt. Whenever there is scenes with Mark and Karl, I can’t help thinking “aw…”. The way he cares for his son is just so touching and “personal”. There isn’t major character development for the main characters, just sufficient to display the various dimensions of each character.
All in all, Somebody to Love is foremost a light read. I always enjoy the occasional light read and this was no exception. The shenanigans of the characters kept me entertain throughout the story and the portrayal given in the raising of a special needs child and care of a handicapped dog is accurate. There is fun and there is times when the characters have to make important decisions. What I liked about this story is that the funny scenes and heavy scenes are nicely balanced out to keep the story a light read.
About the author
Sheryl Browne grew up in Birmingham, UK, where she studied Art & Design. She wears many hats: a partner in her own business, a mother, and a foster parent to disabled dogs. Creative in spirit, Sheryl has always had a passion for writing. She has previously been published in the US and writes Rom Com because, as she puts it, “life is just too short to be miserable.” Visit her website at www.sherylbrowne.com.