Lessons in Laughing Out Loud by Rowan Coleman
“Lessons in Laughing Out Loud” is the latest book by Rowan Coleman.
Willow and Holly are identical twins, they mean the world to each other. Holly calls Willow her rock, always there in her hour of need. And Willow feels the same about Holly, they are identical but they differ in one respect, Willow is afraid and only Holly knows what it is has made her twin sister scared.
Willow knows she is missing things from her life, she sees those missing things in Holly’s life who is able to laugh, have fun and move on. A single moment in Willow’s life changed everything, so her life has taken a different path. But it seems that past has a way of catching up with Willow as she tries to help those close to her and professionally and she tries to figure out, able she eventually be able to laugh out loud.
It’s been a while since I last read a Rowan Coleman, and “Lessons in Laughing Out Loud” was a wonderful return.
Written beautifully, the story is a page turner from start to finish. With Willow, as unlikely lead, size 18 with a secret to hide, she is heart warming to read as she tries to help everyone around her whilst trying to keep her own problems as far from her thoughts as possible. I loved her thoughtfulness and the protectiveness she provided for her young step-daughter and India, the heartbroken celebrity, as she tried to shield them from the harsh world. With a wonderful host of characters, there was someone for everyone. Chloe, her step-daughter, who was terribly obnoxious and hard minded but craved love and support, Serious James, the clumsy accountant turned comedian and finally Victoria, Willow’s dictatorial boss, who occasionally shared a softer side.
Even though, the story is heart warming and there are elements of humour in it. Thereout the story, there constantly seemed to a sensation of sadness that lingers quietly in the background. It’s not until it is pointed out that you become aware of it and think “Oh, that’s what’s that is”
“Lessons in Laughing Out Loud” is wonderfully tender book that will have you giggling and quietly crying. Written about a sensitive subject about a beautiful character, it’s hard not to get involved with this emotional and engaging book.
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