‘Eloise Elliot is one of the youngest newspaper editors in the country. Respected and revered by her peers, she's at the top of her game. But, on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, finding herself surrounded by some pathetic looking balloons and mangy sandwiches in The Daily Post's conference room, Eloise is hit but a long sharp pang of loneliness. Suddenly, and with dazzling clarity, she realises what she wants to make her life more complete. A baby. One successful trip to the sperm bank and almost three years later and she is the adoring mother of a gorgeous little girl, Lily. Juggling a high-powered job with motherhood is not easy and when she finds herself without childcare she sends an SOS to her sister Helen. Yet it's when Lily starts asking about her 'daddy' that Eloise really starts to panic. What will she tell her? So Eloise decides there's nothing for it - she's going to find Lily's father. After all, she chose the perfect donor so surely there won't be any surprises. Except that there are plenty, and Eloise gets a lot more than she bargained for.’
Newspaper editor Eloise Elliot is run ragged trying to combine her extremely demanding career with being a single mum to her two-year-old daughter, Lily. When Lily demands to meet her father, Eloise begins a mission to find Jake, the sperm donor she used through a clinic three years before. However, what Eloise doesn’t expect is to find Jake in prison. Desperate to provide her daughter with the sort of dad she deserves, Eloise sets about trying to help Jake to improve himself. But is it really Jake who needs a helping hand, or could Eloise benefit from some assistance from the ex-con?
Eloise was a good heroine: I liked how together and organised she appeared to her colleagues, when in reality she isn’t coping very well at all. She clearly loves her daughter, but is torn, if she doesn’t put in the hours that are expected of her in work, she’ll lose her job. I also enjoyed seeing Eloise’ friendship with Jake slowly emerge, and loved how he eventually began to influence her for the better.
It was a very brave decision by Carroll to have a hero who’d been in prison – regardless of what he was there for, there is still an obvious stigmatism attached. I think Jake just about worked for me, although I was wary of him in the beginning. He was good-looking, but his past means he’s definitely not a typical romantic lead. When I finally discovered why Jake had been in prison, I was relieved at what was revealed, but till judged him a little for being weak and allowing himself to be pushed into doing something he clearly knew was wrong.
I’m afraid I did find Lily’s lisping voice pretty annoying, especially as I kept imagining Francesca’s Simon’s Lisping Lily from her ‘Horrid Henry’ stories whenever this story’s Lily spoke! I also felt that some of the things she did weren’t realistic for a child her age.
I love Carroll’s writing style – it’s very entertaining and easy to read, whilst maintaining great storylines and characters. I really enjoyed how Eloise’s character developed during the tale, and her heartbreak over being torn between her daughter and her job will ring true with many mothers. I wasn’t quite so sure about Jake, the story’s hero, but he did grow on me and, as a protagonist, he ended up working much more successfully than I originally thought. Romantic, entertaining and original, I liked Claudia Carroll’s latest offering.
“Absence makes the heart grow fonder…doesn’t it?
What happens when two people decide to give themselves the year off…from each other?
Annie and Dan were the perfect couple. But now the not-so-newly weds feel more like flatmates than soul mates and wonder where all the fun and fireworks went …
When Annie lands her big break in a smash-hit show that’s heading for the bright lights of Broadway, she’s over the moon. Goodbye remote Irish village of Stickens, hello fabulous Big Apple! But with their relationship already on the rocks, how will Annie and Dan survive the distance?
They’re hitting the pause button on their marriage. One year off from each other – no strings attached, except a date to meet in twelve months at the Rockefeller Centre to decide their fate.
Will they both turn up? Or is it too late for love?”
Annie Cole’s acting career became virtually non-existent when she moved into the middle of Irish nowhere with her lovely husband Ben to take over his family’s country vet’s practice. That was three years ago. Three years of barely seeing her husband because he’s always working, putting up with nosy neighbours, and dealing with the constant demands of her mother-in-law. When Annie is offered an amazing job opportunity she knows she has to grab it with both hands, even though it means she’ll be spending a year in New York. Neither she nor Dan are sure their marriage will survive. Dan decides his best chance of keeping Annie is to set her free whilst she’s away – they’ll take a marriage break, they won’t even be obliged to call each other until they meet up at the end of the year. As Annie is swept away in the whirlwind of her life as a single Broadway actress, being hotly pursed by her handsome, talented and very persistent director, will she still consider her marriage worth saving at the end of the year?
Claudia Carroll wasn’t an author I’d read before, but when this novel came through my letterbox its cover and blurb immediately appealed to me. My first instincts were correct – I was hooked on Annie’s life from the first page.
Annie was a wonderfully believable and lovable character. I could completely understand her decision to go to New York; after years of putting herself last she really had to do something for herself. She’d a terrible time living in Dan’s family home in Ireland – personally I would’ve throttled her mother-in-law within a week - and she really had done everything that she could to make her marriage work. I liked the fact that she didn’t want to walk away from Dan completely; she just needed her life to change.
Carroll managed to make me understand that whilst Annie had to get away from her marriage, there was genuine love between her and Dan. I so wanted Dan to pull himself together and prove himself worthy of lovely Annie.
The setting of New York, whilst heavily used in chick lit novels, provided the perfect contrast to Annie’s married life in Ireland. I imagine Carroll had a wonderful time researching the novel; she certainly seemed to know plenty of lovely restaurants and touristy places to visit.
Annie’s friend Liz’s problems were dealt with very well: they’re important to the story and are dealt with realistically, but aren’t allowed to take over the book to the detriment of the reader’s involvement in Annie and Dan’s relationship.
‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?’ kept me truly captivated. I thought Annie was beautifully written. Although Dan behaved terribly, the flashbacks to their earlier life together, as well as Annie’s own feelings, kept me longing for the couple to get back together, but only if Dan turned his behaviour around pretty sharpish. With an ending which I thought was completely lovely, ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?’ was extremely good and is a book which I suspect I’ll re-read again and again.
4 and a half stars