I received a copy of The Golden Apple by Faerl Marie in exchange for my honest opinion.
Somehow, Faerl Marie managed to write a cast of characters that I instantly loved. I’m not entirely sure how, but within the first few pages, I was already rooting for Poppy – sharing in her emotional move to New York city, and feeling for her unbearable loss. As the story unfolded, I continued to love Poppy, despite her naturally being the kind of upbeat, bouncing blonde that can sometimes rub me the wrong way.
Rather than the usual ex-boyfriend, new boyfriend drama, The Golden Apple differs in that the main character is dealing with the unexpected death of her husband. This meant that Poppy was struggling to answer a question that has no real answer; how soon is too soon to move on?
I really enjoyed this book. It was a little more serious than many chick lit novels, with death as the central theme rather than a cheating boyfriend, but I found that refreshing. The secondary characters were upbeat, balancing the sombre Poppy, and hearing part of the story from Austin’s point of view added another layer of depth. This is the second book I’ve read this year that had some of the book written from the perspective of the male protagonist, and in both cases I’ve found that it’s lead to my enjoying the book more than others in the same genre.
I’ll admit, I was thrown by the somewhat obscure cover art, that does little to give away much about the book. I’m a chronic ‘judge a book by her cover’ girl – but I’m happy to re-evaluate my opinions quickly!
The Golden Apple wasn’t especially long, so it’s a good one to read in a sitting. If it sounds like your cup of tea, you can find a copy on Amazon here. If it doesn’t, no fear! I may have slightly over-committed to book reviews this week, and you can look forward to two more reviews before the week is out! Plenty to choose from.