Written, alternately, from the point of view Jamie as a blog and Laura as a diary entry to her mum, it gives a realistic insight in to how situations are viewed differently from the male and female psyche.
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Having moved to Australia the traditional roles are reversed and Laura becomes the breadwinner which, eventually, begins to irritate them both for different reasons. Their relationship is tested to breaking point and they strive to fix things before it is too late, for the sake of their daughter, if not themselves. You would expect this kind of story to be dramatic, tense, and emotional, and it is; the climb up to Springbrook National Park was so terrifyingly realistic I had to put the book down and walk away as my nerves were shot! It was only after I reasoned with myself that I was only half way through the book and the chances of their survival were high that I could pick it back up.
I had to apologise to my husband, after trying to read extracts to him, for screeching out lines in a voice so high-pitched only the dog could hear while tears of laughter streamed down my face. When reviewing a book I often fold the page to mark a particularly good part; a snappy line, an excellent descriptive, or memorable moment, but I gave up doing that as every page contained something wonderful.
A further delight is that this book is actually the third in a series following Jamie and Laura, and while reading this as a standalone book as perfectly fine, I will go back and read the others. My recommendation would be buy and read all three, if this one was any indication, you will not be disappointed. Just make sure you have waterproof mascara, plenty of tissues and, if required, tena ladies. You have been warned. And when Laura is offered a new job in Australia, they jump at the chance! But as they soon learn, their problems have a way of following them… can their love survive under different skies?
I really enjoyed this, Nick Spalding has once again created a truly fantastic book that will have readers captivated from the first page. I liked being back in the company of Jamie and Laura, and having been through a few books with them already, I felt as though I knew them very well and so it was lovely to go back to something familiar, it was just like meeting up with old friends!
I particularly enjoyed the move to Australia, it was so interesting to see them adapting to life over there and the problems that come with being in an entirely different location!
Love…Under Different Skies is very entertaining, funny and should definitely be on your shopping list this year! Jan 03, Monica Mac rated it it was ok.
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I have read all the Jamie and Laura books thus far and I have to say that this one was ok, but only just ok, it was my least favourite of the series. As an Aussie who is very familiar with the places that the Newmans mostly stayed at, e. Brisbane and the Gold Coast, I was rolling my eyes at yet another description of how scary the animals in Australia are and how everything is out to get unsuspecting non-Aussies etc, which seems to be a typical perception of the British in particular. There wa I have read all the Jamie and Laura books thus far and I have to say that this one was ok, but only just ok, it was my least favourite of the series.
There was an effort later on in the book to correct this by saying that nothing actually happened to the Newmans in the year they lived in Australia but the overarching tone of the book was that it absolutely COULD have and they were just lucky. Coupled with the portrayal of Australians as being overly casual even when they are in a business environment trust me, the Aussies do know how to conduct business in a completely professional manner , the belief that Australians dont understand sarcasm and irony, and Jamie's pre-occupation with all things below the waist and it was kind of tough going.
There WERE, however, some descriptions which were spot on - I could really picture the old Queenslander house at the beginning of the book, complete with slow moving fans and a complete lack of privacy and it is very true that Australians tend to shorten lots of words. We also do have some very winding mountain roads without a lot of protective fencing on the scary side!
The actual premise of the story was good - young couple going off to the other side of the world and reading about what happens to them along the way. The story had real potential - it was the way it was told which got annoying. I found myself not liking Jamie Newman very much by the end of the book and the good parts were not enough to bring this book into 3 star territory, for me.
This final book in the Love Trilogy by Nick Spalding was a little bit like Jamie describes in the book that Vegemite is - good but not the same as marmite and upon reflection of all 3 books I would describe the first two as marmite and the third as Vegemite. It is a good book which has some great sit This final book in the Love It is a good book which has some great situational comedy moments but behind this is the struggle the couple are having adjusting to changing dynamics in their relationship with Jamie having to rely on Laura's income to support them.
We miss their circle of friends a little in this instalment This trilogy as a whole has been a joy to read and whilst I have given this book 3 stars it was more like 3 and a half and as an overall reading experience all 3 books I regard with great affection and a new reluctance to handle items in the apple store following a thought in book 2 about just how many germ laden hands have touched devices in their store displays. Oct 17, Obsidian rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Ahh Nick Spalding. I have loved every novel he has written starring Jaime and Laura Newman.
You get to see how Jaime and Laura first met and became man and wife and then follow them through the birth of their first child Poppy. Once again told from Jaime and Laura's points of view we follow a year of Jaime and Laura uprooting themselves from the UK to move to Australia with a new chocolate company that has hired Laura. What I really loved about this novel is that you get to see gender roles flipped with Laura being the sole breadwinner and Jaime being the househusband.
I thought Mr. Spalding was very realistic about how much resentment that would breed in a marriage from both sides. We also get some lovely anecdotes about Australia, the people, the food, the weather. I seriously want to go there though it sounds like everything in the world there will kill you. If Mr. Spalding continues with this series I hope he continues with the story told from both Jaime and Laura's point of view though it would be nice to get Poppy's thoughts when she is a pre-teen or teenager about her crazy parents.
I definitely recommend! Dec 16, TammyJo Eckhart rated it really liked it. This is a laugh out loud story told through the diary and the blog of an English couple whose dissatisfaction and loss of jobs results in a new start in Australia.
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Filled with the exaggerations of Jamie the husband and the conversational notes to a dead mother from Laura the wife we see how their lives roller coaster over the course of 14 months. I laughed a lot particularly at Jamie's blog entries because of bombastic descriptions of events and his feelings.
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This is NOT a traditional romance This is a laugh out loud story told through the diary and the blog of an English couple whose dissatisfaction and loss of jobs results in a new start in Australia. This is NOT a traditional romance, in fact I'd classify it as a comedic novel even though love does indeed play various roles in their adventures.
This love though is not one that a romance reader may fully appreciate if they are expecting some type of romp in the sheets or elsewhere. Sex is also a factor but again not in the way you might expect. Much of the humor and conflict in the book revolves around a few issues. First there is the real challenge of families when one of two breadwinners cannot no longer fulfil that role. This is connected to issue two, gender roles and how much our value of self and partner is impacted by traditional roles. There is also repeated potty humor that really surprised me even though I know this is not uncommon in British humor.
Finally there is the comparison between British and Australian life that provides many humorous situations.
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I'll put up a more detailed review discussing Laura's job on The Chocolate Cult in a few weeks. Dec 30, Dana rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads.
I was very happy to win a copy if this book from Goodreads' giveaway program. Told through the perspectives of both Laura and Jamie, the author was able to make their differing observations part of the fun! I really liked the way that Jamie described things, which brought humor to common situations. His observations were made funnier I was very happy to win a copy if this book from Goodreads' giveaway program.
His observations were made funnier because what Jamie complained about in one chapter, Laura loved in another. Through quick writing, the challenges of marriage and parenthood were explored with one hilarious situation after another while the characters tried to learn the nuances of living down under.
The wacky adventures they experienced as they tried to act like locals, such as the boa constrictor and volcano, were two of their endeavors that were enjoyable. I love how when I dream of my life partner, the only person that I can see is you. I love how complete I feel when I am with you. I love the way you sometimes make me laugh. I love the way you sometimes laugh.
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I love your thoughtfulness. I love your tenderness. I love your ability to speak without saying a single word.
I love the way you surprise me with the perfect emails that show you pay attention to me. I love your love for the things that interest me. I love the way you let me live my life freely without jealousy. I love how you demand respect but are not controlling.
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