Review – The Reading Group: April by Della Parker

The Blurb

‘Brims with laughs, love, family and friendship. You will love this heartwarming read!’ Trisha Ashley. Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Holly Martin.
Serena, the ambitious young Headmistress of Poppins Private School, has just begun reading Jane Eyre alongside her friends in the Reading Group. She would never admit it out loud, but she’s half hoping that reality might once again echo fiction. Will she perhaps meet her own Mr Rochester?
That doesn’t stop her from being slightly alarmed when her secretary arranges an appointment with one Mr Winchester, the handsome father of a troubled pupil in the midst of a messy divorce. But when the line between work and pleasure begins to blur, and troubles in her own family come to a head, Serena is left wondering if being a romantic heroine is all it’s cracked up to be…
Meet the Reading Group: five women in the seaside village of Little Sanderton come together every month to share their love of reading. No topic is off-limits: books, family, love and loss . . . and don’t forget the glass of red!

My Thoughts

It’s April in Little Sanderton and The Reading Group’s book this month is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Serena takes centre stage in this instalment, will her life mirror that of the book she is reading?

Serena is the successful headmistress of an exclusive school, lives in a beautiful house and seems to have it all. As we get to know her better in this edition of The Reading Group we discover, however, that her life is not as perfect as it seems. She has had her share of tragedy and her relationship with her family is less than perfect. Like the heroine Serena is reading about, she is a bit of an outcast when it comes to her family. As her life is heading along its usual path, in walks Mr Winchester…

I love Jane Eyre, it is one of the first classics I read and so I looked forward to the April Edition of The Reading Group to see what a modern day version would look like. Eddie Winchester shares a similar name to Edward Rochester and, while he doesn’t have a ‘mad’ wife kept hidden in his attic, he certainly has his fair share of difficulty with his ex-wife Debbie. I really like the way Parker takes the elements of a classic novel and brings them up to date, while showing that issues written about in the 19th century are still relevant today.

Parker manages to fit a lot of story into a short book and yet it never feels rushed. She ensures that the reader gets to know the main character well and simultaneously keeps you glued to the pages to discover the outcome. The friendship provided by the reading group is a theme that runs throughout all of the books alongside a touch of romance and drama and the April edition is no different.

The Reading Group: April is a lovely, light read in which you really feel a part of the group of friends. Although this is book five in the series it works well as a standalone for those who haven’t read the others in the series, however, I would recommend you check them out. A great way to spend a few hours over the Easter weekend.

Published on eBook on 30 March 2017 by Quercus.

Thank you to Della Parker, Quercus and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

I hope you will join me on Bloomin’ Brilliant Books tomorrow as I have a fab guest post by Della Parker.


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