Lessons In Love - Emma Lee-Potter

Source: Review copy from Endeavour Press

Alice Jackson faces the greatest test of her life.

Her first teaching job.

But this is no ordinary school.

And after she falls for another teacher, it is Alice who is about to learn a lesson - in love.

Downthorpe Hall is a boarding school for the rich and privileged, where the suitcases are filled with designer goods and the driveway is lined with chauffeur-driven Bentleys.

In the space of just a few weeks, Alice must navigate her way around staffroom politics and playground cliques -- and most importantly, get to know the handsome and enigmatic Charles Brown.

But there are some things that can't be taught in a classroom - and Alice will have to learn to trust her heart over her head.

Can she really get close to a man who is as dangerous as he is gorgeous?

And can she juggle troublesome classes, a new relationship, and secure a million-pound donation to the school?

Alice had better do her homework -- there is plenty to be learnt in the lessons in love.

When you're in the mood for something light, quick and easy. Say for instance when you're on a short journey or not in the mood for something hard and which needs thought. Well Novellas are obviously the way to go aren't they? In this instance my friends, my answer is no!

Lessons in love follows Alice Jackson a newly qualified French teacher in her first teaching job at a boarding school, here she tries to help a troubled pupil and also falls in love with a supposedly rogue colleague who teaches history.

I found this to be a very challenging read, it doesn't really have much structure to it if I'm being brutally honest. It sort of starts off OK and you stick with it, but it changes direction here, there and everywhere with no indication of why. This makes you think 'I must have missed something' and back track to see. It just made no sense to me. I don't know how else to describe it. I got the story don't get me wrong, but I just didn't think it worked well as a novella. There was a lot that needed to be said that wasn't to help the story and make the flow better. Such a shame really, it could have been a really good book otherwise.


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