Natasha Arden loves music, food, sex, clothes (not necessarily in that order) and her boss. Will she find heartache or happiness?
Six months ago, Tasha lived with her Mum and thought she was in love with boyfriend Gavin. When her Mum became too ill to live at home, Tasha moved into a rented flat and started a new job. Now, having struggled to move on after an acrimonious break-up, Tasha starts the New Year with a new blog and a long list of plans. She has good friends, a great social life, and plenty to look forward to.
Working for a children’s charity which provides short-term accommodation for teenagers with family difficulties, Tasha loves her job. Settling back into single life, and looking forward to the future, she's foot-loose and fancy-free with no problems ... except for the huge crush she has on her boss. Unable to tell anyone because he's married, Tasha pours her heart out in the only way she can - in her blog.
Tragedy heralds a series of new beginnings ... and... More > some unexpected endings.< Less
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By Belinda Thomas
Jul 3, 2011
Chick Lit for the 21st century - at last! This didn't strike me as the kind of chick lit that I'm used to reading - and I've read a lot - but that's not a bad thing. It makes a nice change to find a story that bucks the trend, and "New Beginnings" does that in several ways. Firstly, it's written as a diary/blog, which many authors have shied away from in the shadow of Helen Fielding's success with "Bridget Jones' Diary". Secondly, it's not written as a romantic comedy - it deals with very modern issues and dilemmas, and there's a lot of very emotional scenes where the characters go through some truly heartbreaking events. Thirdly, there's sex - realistic sex, not the boring bodice-ripping kind - and the euphoria and anxieties that accompany it. There's nothing too graphic, but what is there comes across as very natural. The main characters, Tasha and Jamie, are exceptionally well-written. I very quickly found myself feeling sympathy and support for Tasha, and I... More > think I fell in love with Jamie a bit too. Even though the story is told through Tasha's eyes, and is therefore very one-sided, I felt that I easily got to know her and Jamie, and their family and friends. I won't give anything away about the story, but I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed it and have been recommending it to all my friends. Anyone who wants to read a modern romance that has real people in it, instead of swooning maidens and fairy-tale heroes, will love this book. My only disappointment was the ending: I didn't want it to finish, and I hope there's more!< Less