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Review - That Certain Spark by Isobel Hart


A one-bedroom apartment with creeping damp.

Depressed cat, complete with litter tray.

Neither was part of Claire’s five-year plan. Nor, for that matter, was divorce. Left with a comfort eating habit that’s costing her a small fortune in ice-cream, and panic attacks flooring her in front of the supermarket meals-for-one, Claire turns to her mum and Mindfulness in the hope that one of them can help her find real happiness.

She thinks she’s cracked it… but then her past comes creeping back.

Now she has to work out what really makes her happy or risk a life where Ben & Jerry are the only men who matter.



This is not a romance - unless you want it to be. Sorry, cryptic I know, but you'll just have to read the book to see what I mean.

What it definitely is, is a story about loving oneself, about self-esteem, mindfulness, and self-discovery. It is poignant in places, and so very empathetic. The author does a brilliant job of portraying the desolation, loss of control and self-flagellation that can occur when someone you are deeply in love with ends your relationship - and I'm not just referring to endlessly staring at their Facebook page, either!

I expected this book to go in one direction, but it took me in another. Well worth a read.

About the Author

Born in London, Isobel's childhood was spent in Dubai, before being sent to boarding school at the age of eleven. It gave her a lot of time to read. Now based in the UK, she writes about what she knows - real English women, with flaws.

A romantic at heart, happily married for over twenty years, her novels focus on relationships - good and bad - and the women at the heart of them. She is ever hopeful others will find their happy-ever-afters or Happy-For-Nows too.

To date, Isobel has published five contemporary romance novels and one romantic sci-fi

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