Book Review: 'Lessons in Love' by Belinda Missen.

I'm really excited to bring you this book review today as 'Lessons in Love' was my first time reading one of the awesome Belinda Missen's books and it absolutely won't be the last.


Eleanor Manning is finally leaving behind her glittering but empty life in the city (and her soon-to-be-ex-husband) to return to the comfort of her childhood home in Apollo Bay.
She’s landed a lovely new job and a flatshare with her bubbly best friend, Penny. So yes, she’s well and truly learnt her lesson when it comes to love…
But then she meets gorgeous teacher Marcus Blair and Eleanor’s self-imposed rules fly out of the window! Surely she can resist him long enough to keep this fling no strings attached?

My review.

From the very first page I fell in love with Belinda's writing. I feel like Belinda's words just pop off the page with so much energy. Every sentence was detailed and entertaining and I found myself easily getting captivated and pulled into the story. I just wanted to keep turning the page like I was entranced. 

As for this gorgeous story itself there was so much in this book that I could relate to. Eleanor Manning is currently going through a difficult time. She found out her husband was cheating and has decided to move home and move in with her best friend. Things aren't all sad as she has scored a job in her old primary school working in the library and she feels better to be getting away from the world of money and emptiness she was in when with her ex. But life isn't all smooth sailing. Divorce's aren't fun and she has to try and let go of her past and insecurities if she wants to really leave her past behind and experience her present to it's fullest.

I felt like I was with Eleanor, side by side while she was going through her divorce. I could feel her emotions and understood those moments of realization. She pulled at my heartstrings when she finally realized what happened and how her husband chose to go about it wasn't her fault. I highlighted that bit as a gentle reminder and felt grateful to have someone that I could connect with. Isn't that such a beautiful thing about books? I love that often books come to us at the right time in our lives and we meet friends that can make us not feel so alone. Eleanor was such a lovely character with a sweetness about her that I really enjoyed. I loved that she was a school teacher and the premise of her going to work in her old primary school, as that is something I could also relate to having just done the same. It was fun getting to go back with her as she got reacquainted with old teachers who used to teach her. I thought it was really cool that she worked in the school library and got to encourage the children to read, but also that she could play piano. There were lots of interesting quirks about her that made her a wonderful leading lady. 

Eleanor's best friend Penny was such a fun and charismatic ball of energy. I liked their easy going banter and how they were both very different but there for each other and honest with each other. They were able to teach each other through their different perspectives and made for a lovely dynamic. 

Now, Marcus. I really liked Marcus and have to say that with his teacher status, his way with kids and his cheeky personality, he was certainly swoon worthy. Ellie and Marcus's banter was cute and playful and will have you wanting more. I loved how their relationship built; how they pushed and challenged each other, but even though I understood that they had both been through divorce so navigating their feelings for each other was difficult at times, I didn't always like it when they argued. I sometimes thought Eleanor was too hard on him and it made me sad when she compared him to her ex. However, they find their groove and work beautifully together once they let go of the past and focus on what they have in front of them. It's wonderful to see them open up and relax with each other. They had me giggling and grinning from ear to ear most of the time. 

Eleanor's journey is one of re-discovering yourself and finding what it is that brings joy to your life. Sometimes you have to get back to your roots to do that, stand up for yourself and also take chances. 

This was such an awesome read; fun, sexy, emotional and entertaining. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of 'Lessons in Love' today!

Happy reading.

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