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Uh oh This is a tough one to review and rate So I m going to try my best to explain both my conclusions on this one First of all, I really liked the author writing style The words flowed very nicely and she has a way that keeps you hooked even if you re very bored of the storyline itself So to help you out ladies, don t pick up this book if you re looking for a romance, because it s not there due to how SLOW it was on that front Even the angst was just off Another main issue I felt was Uh oh This is a tough one to review and rate So I m going to try my best to explain both my conclusions on this one First of all, I really liked the author writing style The words flowed very nicely and she has a way that keeps you hooked even if you re very bored of the storyline itself So to help you out ladies, don t pick up this book if you re looking for a romance, because it s not there due to how SLOW it was on that front Even the angst was just off Another main issue I felt was how the author introduced a lot of elements that confused me throughout the book and most importantly didn t add much to the storyline So yeah there was just too much going on However, and a big however here , I ended up not skimming throughout the book, I actually enjoyed it so I kept asking myself why first of all I was so interested in dyslexia and I think I ve become an expert now on that topic It reminded me a bit when I read about an MC from one of Jae s books who was asexual For some reason I get very interested to read such different characters my rating is a 3.5 rounded up to 4 on this one and I m actually looking forward to readingreviews on this book I received an ARC for an honest review This is another gentle romance by Matthews Mel Jackson shares a table with Ruby Clark in a crowded cafeteria and, being open and friendly, introduces herself It doesn t take long to realize that Ruby, for all her attractiveness, is quite prickly and judgmental Mel is registering for some university course to branch off from being a paramedic to do something less taxing and Ruby teaches at the university Even though their meeting was uncomfortable they find themselves becoming friends.The sto This is another gentle romance by Matthews Mel Jackson shares a table with Ruby Clark in a crowded cafeteria and, being open and friendly, introduces herself It doesn t take long to realize that Ruby, for all her attractiveness, is quite prickly and judgmental Mel is registering for some university course to branch off from being a paramedic to do something less taxing and Ruby teaches at the university Even though their meeting was uncomfortable they find themselves becoming friends.The story is very much character driven and the plot is a muchabout growth and acceptance than drama and suspense Both women are in their forties and can t help but be a little jaded from past experiences Mel s outgoing nature hides a learning disability where Ruby, as a single parent, keeps to herself as much as possible and although she s not closeted, she is very private.I enjoyed the development of their friendship and the interaction with the children in the gardening project The dyslexia aspect was nicely done, however there was an occasion where I thought that Mel s reaction to something Ruby did was a bit of a leap I found it a little slower than Hooked on You but I m looking forward to Matthews next offering Book received from Ylva Publishing for an honest review. I have to mention right from the outset that this book wasn t really what I expected I don t typically read the blurbs before picking up a book, so this may be my own fault, but with the cover that this one has, I really thought this was going to beof a medical romance It s not Yes, the MCs are a paramedic and a nurse, but this isof a teacher teaching book than medical The crux of the novel centers around the MCs in a school and learning environment, and there are no scenes in I have to mention right from the outset that this book wasn t really what I expected I don t typically read the blurbs before picking up a book, so this may be my own fault, but with the cover that this one has, I really thought this was going to beof a medical romance It s not Yes, the MCs are a paramedic and a nurse, but this isof a teacher teaching book than medical The crux of the novel centers around the MCs in a school and learning environment, and there are no scenes in hospitals at all I would not call this a medical romance, so just know that going in With that said, I still enjoyed the setting of the book and the story that Matthews concocted Matthews is a quality author and I really enjoy her writing style, but it almost felt like she tried to tackle too much in this book Instead of having one part of the story really shine, it almost felt like there was too much going on and it detracted from me being able to settle in and really enjoy the read For example, I loved the idea of having a dyslexic MC with a dyslexic student in need of help, but that wasn t fleshed out quite enough for me to be fully involved There s also the troupe brought up where one MCs has issues coming out of the closet to others so late in life, and I would have loved to sink into that , but it felt glossed over and not fully explored Time and time again there s a troupe introduced but not fully explored It just felt to me as if there was too much going on with nothing really being fully engaging.As for the romance, this was slow And I mean S.L.O.W The obligatory 80% angst scene had me really rolling my eyes Honestly, I almost wish that the MCs had just stayed friends to give Matthewstime to dedicate towards really fleshing out some of the other troupes introduced in the novel Look I m a BIG fan of slow burn romances, but it didn t work for me this time.Even though it sounds like I didn t enjoy this book, I actually thought it was very readable and still enjoyed Matthews writing voice I have a feeling this book is going to get some very mixed reviews, with some loving it and others being a bit bored For me, I think Matthews would have been better served if she had tried to tackle less overall and givenattention to what was included For a sopho effort, this is still a good book and I can see some of you really liking this read I thought there was some really good stuff included, but it fell short for me as a whole I m definitely still looking forward to Matthews next novel and I have a feeling she is going to keep growing as an author, but this one didn t work for me as well as I had hoped 3.5 stars, rounded up since I still enjoyed it and don t think it deserves to be rounded down to a 3 This is exactly the type of book that very much needs a 1 2 star option Many thanks to Ylva for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review This has been very pleasant book that deals with the subject of a relationship at a mature age, since one of its protagonists Mel, is forty seven years old, and the other, Ruby, is forty two That was a very favorable point for me to give a positive assessment, these two women haveto do with me than many of the young women who usually star in romantic novels In addition, the story deals with some issues that are most often shown as big problems and personal dramas and that in this book de This has been very pleasant book that deals with the subject of a relationship at a mature age, since one of its protagonists Mel, is forty seven years old, and the other, Ruby, is forty two That was a very favorable point for me to give a positive assessment, these two women haveto do with me than many of the young women who usually star in romantic novels In addition, the story deals with some issues that are most often shown as big problems and personal dramas and that in this book develop very normally, such as a disability of one of the protagonists and comming out of the closet after being married and had two daughters, by the other MC If I have to choose between Mel and Ruby, I keep both, although Ruby has a slightly unpleasant start and despite her efforts it has taken a little bit for me to warm to her Mel is instantly friendly and also her nature is positive and empathetic Lovely And when the two finally dare, they form a beautiful couple.The secondary characters are Mel s close friends and Ruby s daughters, as well as the children who are part of Ruby s ex curricular work Everyone brings something positive in the story Perhaps as a complaint, small one, the final part of the book is too soft and too slow compared to the rest of the book.Overall it has been a fair good and enjoyable reading, with no dramas nor angst A recommended romance An ARC was given to me by YLVA for my honest review Everything about this book seemed to be something I d enjoy And I did enjoy it, for a while Until the immaturity of one of the leads just got too much for me Two women meet One is on crutches One is not The one not on crutches helps the other in through a door Of a university The one not on crutches, Ruby Clark, is there because she s a teacher there along with being a nurse The other, Mel, is there to take some classes to get a particular certificate or degree which will allow her to Everything about this book seemed to be something I d enjoy And I did enjoy it, for a while Until the immaturity of one of the leads just got too much for me Two women meet One is on crutches One is not The one not on crutches helps the other in through a door Of a university The one not on crutches, Ruby Clark, is there because she s a teacher there along with being a nurse The other, Mel, is there to take some classes to get a particular certificate or degree which will allow her to get a higher level job and or, just allow her to work a particular job she s interested in Mel already works as a paramedic Which immediately causes the two to clash because Ruby despises paramedics For reasons For reasons I do not recall, the two did not thereafter go their separate paths in life, but instead ended up working on a project Ruby was forced to take because she was late to a meeting, because she was holding the door open for Mel A garden project That involves having bussed in children work with plants and stuff.Let s move back to the beginning of this review Both of the leads are up there in age I forget now how old they are, but they were something around at least 30s, probably 40s Which in and of itself is somewhat rare ish A lot of romance books involve youngsters even heterosexual ones, though if they are historical romances, the man might be in his forties, but the woman would still be like 12 okay, like 17 to 21 if she s 22 then she s a spinsteror something and really, the men tend to be closer to their mid 30s, not 40s, but still So that the book had going for it Though the two main leads seemed to act much younger than their age Well, Ruby did She had the emotional maturity of a hamster which, I ve been lead to believe, are very immature, I mean their mothers eat their youngokay, I was just running words together there to see if a sentence would form Right, so, she did have a rather immature personality Especially if anyone saw her doing anything that might imply she might, you know, fancy women she regularly burst into tears when someone spotted her doing something even vaguely gay like holding hands with another woman.The other thing that should have allowed me to like the book, and here it did, was the part where one of the mains had an issue that caused them some scholarly issues At least until she learned what her issue was and addressed it as best she could It doesn t really matter what her issue was, since anything would have had me interested, but here we are talking about Mel being dyslexic I ve a note at the 59% mark indicating that I d had enough, but I pressed forward and finished the book.Everyone else who read this book seemed to at least vaguely like the book, so just take my dislike of the book as one person s dislike of the book I wouldn t recommend the book, but there are enough reviews recommending the book for someone following along behind me to at least give the sample a try.Rating 3December 9 2019 Matthew s first book Hooked on You inspired me to learn to crochet This one, unfortunately, did not cause the same type of excitement for gardening I really appreciate Matthew s writing style I like to think of it as a slow meandering cadence Perfect for when you just want to get lost in a well written and easy read Mel is a 40 something paramedic who meets a teacher, Ruby, at uni They have a rough first encounter, but end up becoming friends Mel offers to help Ruby with a gardening cla Matthew s first book Hooked on You inspired me to learn to crochet This one, unfortunately, did not cause the same type of excitement for gardening I really appreciate Matthew s writing style I like to think of it as a slow meandering cadence Perfect for when you just want to get lost in a well written and easy read Mel is a 40 something paramedic who meets a teacher, Ruby, at uni They have a rough first encounter, but end up becoming friends Mel offers to help Ruby with a gardening class charity gig at the school Their growing feelings become a conflict as it is a teacher student scenario.There was a lot of gardening Garden planning, garden setup, garden teaching, etc I felt like there was a bit too much detail here that could have been cleaned up a bit The only drama that existed in the book was kind of unbelievable to me I don t want to give away anything by saying what happened But I had felt that Mel s reaction didn t make sense at all And it was bit over dramatic Then things resolved fairly quickly Overall, this was a decent read.I recommend to those who enjoy reading slow building relationships, teacher student conflict same age range, though , dealing with internalized homophobia, dyslexia, gardening, and Brit speakI received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review. I have mixed feelings aboutThe Words Shimmerby Jenn Matthews I did enjoy reading the book, and there are quite a few elements that I like However, if you asked me to choose between this novel and Ms Matthews first book,Hooked on You , I would have to pick her debut novel as my favoriteThe Words Shimmerdoes have some really good qualities It is a character driven tale which is one of my favorite types of books The two main characters, Ruby Clark and Melissa Mel Jackson are I have mixed feelings aboutThe Words Shimmerby Jenn Matthews I did enjoy reading the book, and there are quite a few elements that I like However, if you asked me to choose between this novel and Ms Matthews first book,Hooked on You , I would have to pick her debut novel as my favoriteThe Words Shimmerdoes have some really good qualities It is a character driven tale which is one of my favorite types of books The two main characters, Ruby Clark and Melissa Mel Jackson are both mature women in their forties which, for me, is refreshing I loved the fact that the author made these two almost a lesbian Odd Couple Ruby is very prim and proper, who likes everything to be in its place at all times She is also a very private person Mel is almost the complete opposite, being very open and out there with a take me as I am or leave me alone type of personality This is a great conflict element, and I wish the author had used itin the story It seemed to become less noticeable as the story progressed, though it did not completely disappear.I admired that the author included a disability in the plot Mel has dyslexia, and this is something she wants to hide from Ruby and others, even though she has done well in her life in spite of it Both main and secondary characters are well developed, and are easy to connect with The slow burn romance is really too slow in this novel The story actually dragged for me after a while, and I think this was part of the problem Despite this, I did like this book overall, and will definitely be looking forfrom this author.I received this as an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review *Download Pdf ↜ The Words Shimmer ↟ Yorkshire anatomy lecturer Ruby Clark considers her life low maintenance She teaches at the local university, has two well behaved teenage daughters, and what she doesn t know about human anatomy isn t worth knowing Unfortunately, that knowledge doesn t stretch to plants, and she s been asked to help out on a school garden projectBeing a paramedic doesn t do Melissa Jackson s back or knees any favours, so she s looking into university courses to try a less strenuous line of her work But the brash, proudly out, down to earth woman s biggest challenge is keeping her dyslexia a secret That, and living down the stigma that follows her when people find outA university open day throws the two women into each other s orbits When Mel, an expert green thumb, makes a few helpful suggestions on Ruby s garden project, Ruby convinces her to team up to make it a successPersonality wise, they couldn t be less compatible Mel s brazen attitude, cocky jokes, and affinity with earthworms immediately rub the hyper professional, straight laced Ruby the wrong way Can they ever find common ground A sweet, lesbian romance about growing something unexpected and wonderful from the roots upThemes anatomy lecturer dyslexia paramedic school garden project, words Touch Not the Cat has two well behaved teenage daughters The Charmer’s Box and what she doesn t know about human anatomy isn t worth knowing Unfortunately The Charmer’s Box: Poetry that knowledge doesn t stretch to plants Red Roots (Vampire Empire, and she s been asked to help out on a school garden projectBeing a paramedic doesn t do Melissa Jackson s back or knees any favours What to Do Until Love Finds You: The Bestselling Guide to Preparing Yourself for Your Perfect Mate so she s looking into university courses to try a less strenuous line of her work But the brash Rizal Beyond the 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Groundbreaking Science of Kindness straight laced Ruby the wrong way Can they ever find common ground A sweet Kokoro: de wegen van het hart lesbian romance about growing something unexpected and wonderful from the roots upThemes anatomy lecturer dyslexia paramedic school garden project 2 words After utterly enjoying Jenn Matthews debut, Hooked On You, I was curious about her sopho outing, The Words Shimmer, mainly because of the subject matter of dyslexia in a lesbian romance Whilst I know in general terms about the condition, I certainly didn t know the nuts and bolts of it Add to that, to craft a story around a main character having dyslexia as part of her nature but hiding it in secret, having to manoeuvre it in the art of romance, was an intriguing plot for a love story After utterly enjoying Jenn Matthews debut, Hooked On You, I was curious about her sopho outing, The Words Shimmer, mainly because of the subject matter of dyslexia in a lesbian romance Whilst I know in general terms about the condition, I certainly didn t know the nuts and bolts of it Add to that, to craft a story around a main character having dyslexia as part of her nature but hiding it in secret, having to manoeuvre it in the art of romance, was an intriguing plot for a love story So, obviously, I was intrigued.I must say, the story wasn t what I had expected at all In essence, it was an ambitious effort by Matthews because in this outing she included quite a few tropes and topics to cover, which I will elaborate later on its effects to the overall execution of the story But first, I absolutely LOVED that Matthews captured the very British feel in the story the vernacular, interactions, the surroundings, etc which gave this story a sense of warmth and comfort TWS started off brilliantly, imo, when I felt that Matthews was going for the enemies to lovers trope, one of my favourites next to ice queen In fact, I read one of the 2 MCs, Ruby, as having a bit of an ice queen persona when she and Mel started going at each other during their first encounter I was positively thrilled, rubbing my hands in anticipation for some fun filled sharp, sarcastic back and forth verbal wrestling between the two Alas, that wasn t to be I was a little surprised that the trope was so quickly neutralised because the next thing I knew, Mel and Ruby s attraction took centre stage already albeit a slow burn one in its progress If only Matthews had stuck to the always exciting trope just a bit longer If only.Meanwhile, I was actually bracing for that topic of interest which drew me to this story in the first place dyslexia and how it would wrap around the romance between Mel and Ruby Perhaps it was only my own assumption that the subject matter would play any pivotal role after all because as the story progressed, I realised that it wasn t Matthews intention Perplexed, I kept wondering about the story s title, which to me, screamed symbolism to the topic itself So, naturally I was distracted Don t get me wrong, Matthews did display Mel coping with her recently diagnosed condition only 8 years ago and she was now 47 in various settings albeit peripherally, mostly occurring in her thoughts I had expected to seeof her coping mechanism in her workplace the cover gave me the impression that her workplace as a paramedic would play a major role , in the classroom where she was taking her Masters courses, amongst other places.Nonetheless, Matthews did paint a clear picture of the physiology of dyslexia I learned a lot from her descriptions For instance, I didn t know there were specs to help with the reading efforts, and that colours play a big role in dyslexics ability to view the words, and the fact that the words shimmer and bounce around when they try to read It was an eye opening and learning moment for me which I was utterly gratified by The one scene which I thought Matthews personified Mel s condition with effect was when she and Ruby were in the restaurant Just when I got excited and anticipating a deeper elaboration of that where Mel and Ruby were concerned, it then took a back seat shortly after except for some brief mentions in passing, all in Mel s thoughts and internal musings If only there wereof those to showcase the subject particularly when it related to Mel and Ruby s relationship I reckon, Matthews thought it was better to present it through a secondary character instead Oh, if onlyRemember what I said about this story being an ambitious effort from Matthews with several issues being introduced Full commentary here In Bugs Own WordsI was given, with much thanks and appreciation, an ARC of this book by Ylva in return for an honest review. This is a book that is a little confusing because there are a ton of great elements in it, but I think the author bit off a littlethan they could chew While the cover would make you think that it is a medical drama, it isn t, except that the two leads are both medical professionals It could be a student teacher romance, but only in the sense that one lead is a teacher, while the other is a student who s not in her class And both help teach a school aged class about gardening and come up This is a book that is a little confusing because there are a ton of great elements in it, but I think the author bit off a littlethan they could chew While the cover would make you think that it is a medical drama, it isn t, except that the two leads are both medical professionals It could be a student teacher romance, but only in the sense that one lead is a teacher, while the other is a student who s not in her class And both help teach a school aged class about gardening and come up against a homophobic teacher Melissa Jackson, is the student and is coping with a recently diagnosed learning disability, and Ruby Clark probably has an un diagnosed anxiety disorder There s so much in here that it can be a little hard to keep track of, and when there are some bursts of high intensity moments, it doesn t often feel earned Ruby s moment felt a little off, but I understood it it was subtly set up so you could miss it Mel s moment made me role my eyes because the thing that triggered her was something that Ruby and her were talking about just a couple days before and Ruby didn t indicate that she had a problem with it.Despite that, Matthews is really good at the slow burn, We re totally dating, but not realizing that we are style of romance, as highlighted in her previous book,Hooked on You I enjoy the characters inability to admit that they are actually dating, despite both characters being attracted to each other, and liking each other The problem with this book is that, unlike Hooked on You there are too many things the author is trying to cover, and it feels too disjointed so that when Mel and Ruby have their emotional moments, it feels unearned Mel s struggles with dyslexia could have been one of the main focal points of the book, and I feel like it would have been a stronger story with a focus on that, but because there are so many other things going on, there s just not enough room to explore it I received this ARC from Ylva in exchange for my honest opinion