Today I’m happy to be sharing my review for Until Next Weekend as part of the Michael Joseph Books blog tour. Thanks to Chrissie and Olivia for this gorgeous proof copy to read and review.
NOAH AND KATE WERE MEANT TO BE TOGETHER FOR EVER.
Married with two gorgeous sons, it looked like they’d got their happy ever after.
But marriage isn’t easy. And one day, Kate left, taking their two boys with her.
These days, Noah is a weekend dad – and it breaks his heart. He misses the chaotic mealtimes, the bedtime stories, the early mornings and the late homework.
Suddenly, he decides enough is enough – he has to win his family back. Starting with Kate.
The only problem?
IN SIX WEEKS’ TIME, KATE IS GETTING MARRIED TO SOMEONE ELSE . . .
Last year during lockdown one, I read and enjoyed Saturdays at Noon by Rachel Marks (see my five star review at https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2020/04/20/bookreview-saturdays-at-noon-by-rachel-marks-a-five-star-read/)
I’m pleased to say that I loved Until Next Weekend too. Noah and Kate were in love and had two gorgeous boys. But things changed and Noah didn’t notice until it was too late. He finally realises the mistake he has made when Kate is getting ready to marry Jerry.
The book looks at how Noah and Kate fell in love, and then out of love. My favourite scenes include those when Noah is at school, as a primary school teacher. Having worked in a primary school for a few years, the school scenes are so believeable, especially the ‘getting ready for PE’.
Noah has to make some much needed changes and apologies, some are more difficult than others. Will he allow his friends to help him? Will Kate be impressed by the changes?
This is a no spoiler review, so I’m determined not to spoil the story for future readers. This is a book I thoroughly enjoyed, with a great mix of characters and an emotional story. At times Noah drove me to distraction but I did find myself warming to him once I knew his full back story. I also realised after reading this that it isn’t often I read a book with a male main character.
Happy to recommend this book (I already have been on social media), and also to remind readers to read Saturdays at Noon too if they haven’t already.
Rachel Marks studied English at Exeter University before becoming a primary school teacher. Despite always loving to write, it wasn’t until she gained a place on the 2016 Curtis Brown Creative online novel writing course that she started to believe it could be anything more than a much-loved hobby.
Her inspiration for her first book, Saturdays at Noon, came from the challenges she faced with her eldest son, testing and fascinating in equal measure, and the research she did to try to understand him better. Every Other Weekend is her second novel.