It S All About Eve At Least, It Should Be After Divorce With Dennis And Being Jilted By Joseph, Eve Could Use A Little Me Time Yoga And Tending Her Tiny Organic Garden Keep Her Centered, But Life S Complicated When You Have Two Barely Grown Sons, Two Little Ones At Home, And A Demanding Job At The End Of The Day, Probation Officer Eve Morphs Into Mommy Eve, Master Of Meals, Homework, Laundry, And Bath Time It S All Or Nothing But Eve Is Irrepressible, A Free Spirit Who Still Ponders The Big Questions Is She Too Old To Dye Her Hair Pink Does A One Night Stand With The Veterinarian Count As A Sex Life Did She Let The One Man Who Truly Adores Her Get Away When Her Oldest Son Announces He S Getting Married, Eve S Exes Come Hurtling Back Into Her World, And She Sees The Men In Her Life With New Eyes After All, There S To Love Than Out Of This World Sex Though If You Re Lucky, You Can Have Both I love the theme of old lovers reuniting There is just something about it that makes me root for exes Eve is the mother of four and has two failed romances under her belt One of her sons has just let her know he s getting married AND he s about to become a father at the age of 20 Her youngest is just 3 years old It just seems to be the start of bad news for Eve One thing after another happens and Eve is left feeling alone and overwhelmed She s worried she s not over Joseph, failed romance 2, and is making do with Nils her Dutch vet.I also love Eve s character She s got her priorities straight and she s trying to do the best she can Her attitude is also wonderful and it was very easy to smile, laugh, and commiserate with her as events unfolded Carmen Reid has done a marvelous job with this book and I look forward to reading from her Ahh, that was a feel good book Eve Gardiner is a rather cool urban single mum who lives in a small North London flat with her four kids, Denny 22 , Tom 20 , Anna 9 and Robbie 2 She gardens and does yoga every day to keep herself sane, while holding down a stressful job as a probation officer She is pretty content and her life is filled with her children, friends, work and occasional casual sex Then suddenly Tom announces that his 20 year old girlfriend Deepa is pregnant and that they want to get married, her family deeply disapprove of the match And things start to get really complicated when Tom decides to track down his father Dennis who walked out of their lives when his business collapsed leaving them penniless and invite him to the wedding And if that s not enough to put the cat among the pigeons, Eve s alarmingly attractive, much younger ex boyfriend Joseph and father of Anna and Robbie appears on the scene again and they both begin to wonder whether they did the right thing when they split up Yes, it s chicklit, but it s well written and has a bit substance than you sometimes get Very enjoyable. This is a slow to start chick lit about loving what you have and letting go of fear Initially I wasn t sure if I d even be able to finish the book as I couldn t see the direction the story was going in But once events started to unfold and the ending I was hoping for became a possibility I found myself breaking off to read it and , until sadly, I was done There are characters to love, characters to hate and most importantly a main character that you cant help but be inspired by and hopeful for.A lovely read when you re in the mood to romance yourself and get some quality time away from it all. An okay tale about Eve40ish, very slim despite having had 4 children, long blond hair, able to wear funky teenage style clothes without looking like mutton dressed as lambbut despite that you can t dislike her It s a fairly standard chick lit plot Eve s first husband abandoned her their two sons Denny Tom after her relationship with Joseph failing, she s also bringing up Anna Robbie Eve has never really gotten over Joseph Anna has decided that it s time Mum Dad got back together Nothing particularly original there but the likeability of Eve makes it an amusing enough read. 02 16 08TITLE AUTHOR DID THE EARTH MOVE by Carmen ReidRATING 4.5 B GENRE PUB DATE OF PGS Fiction 2003 415 pgsSERIES STAND ALONE Stand ALoneTIME PLACE Present UKCHARACTERS Eve Probation officer FIRST LINES Nils Yes Nothing I m just trying it out COMMENTS 01 24 08 rec via bookcrossing ring ray Eve is in her early 40 s, has 4 children and is a probation officer She has 2 sons in their 20 s from her 1st marriage and a girl 9 and boy 2 from her ex boyfriend Eve married Dennis when she was only 20 and left her studies to become the wife of a up coming businessman She lived in a big house w all the toys, gourmet foods, designer clothes etc When her husband lost his business, all their material goods were also reclaimed and Dennis soon took off for a job in Singapore leaving Eve alone w the boys After this abandonment, she had serious trust issues and never wanted to rely on so much stuff again She learned to live simply, a small basement apt, thrift shop clothing, garden grown veggies, etc She even simplified her name from Evelyn to Eve She later meets the younger Joseph and has 2 children but despite his many proposals she can never commit Her second son, 20 yr old Tom is soon to marry Deepa who is w child The wedding brings varied family members together and gives the almost grandmother Eve a chance to take a new look at who and what she values in her life Found this very entertaining and bit substance than the title might lead you to believe The ending left me smiling. I love the theme of old lovers reuniting There is just something about it that makes me root for exes Eve is the mother of four and has two failed romances under her belt One of her sons has just let her know he s getting married AND he s about to become a father at the age of 20 Her youngest is just 3 years old It just seems to be the start of bad news for Eve One thing after another happens and Eve is left feeling alone and overwhelmed She s worried she s not over Joseph, failed romance 2, and is making do with Nils her Dutch vet.I also love Eve s character She s got her priorities straight and she s trying to do the best she can Her attitude is also wonderful and it was very easy to smile, laugh, and commiserate with her as events unfolded Carmen Reid has done a marvelous job with this book and I look forward to reading from her There are things I liked about this book.1 Eve found her way after her husband left her 2 That she was kinda of a hippy and that is about it The things I hated 1 The endsless sex scenes Honestly wtf 2 How her looks kept being brought up in the book OKay I get it she is a sexy bitch in her late 40 s.3 Why did the american teeage girls have to be into drugs Dennis could have been a bad dad to them but why would it have to go to that 4 She never confronted the chick for having an affair with her husband and 5 it wraped up to easy..might as well have put they lived happily ever after I am just happy I bought this book for 2.00 and not full price The only reason I got it is because I thought it might be funnynope no chance in that. Other than the fact that this book started with a sex scene, I don t remember anything about it And that when I was fifteen, I noticed my mum reading this book and asked her what she thought of it She said it was okay, and that I was probably old enough to read it, to which I commented that I d already read it a few years earlier I honestly don t know how I got this book past her when I was thirteen on the bright side, I really didn t know what Did the earth move meant, or that it was a reference to orgasms I ve never heard someone use this phrase so I guess it s no longer popular Anyway, pretty standard chick lit, nothing remarkable.
Carmen was born and brought up in a chilly and windy corner of Scotland in the depths of the countryside.This may explain her lifelong phobia of cows and abiding interest in cities, department stores, books, the cinema and newspapers.She is currently working on her eigth novel for grown ups and her third novel for teenagers Well, she likes to keep busy.Carmen did once study English Literature at
- 352 pages
- Did the Earth Move?
- Carmen Reid
- 10 May 2019 Carmen Reid