Monday, December 17, 2012

Unforgettable Embrace by Joanne Clancy

Ebook: Also available as a paperback 322 pages. 
GenreContemporary Womens Fiction.
PublisherCupid's Arrow Publishing (24 July 2011).
SourceFrom the author in return for an unbiased review.
First Sentences: I am officially fat. Rachel Jenkins surveyed her naked body critically in her full-length and rather unforgiving bedroom mirror, and made a silent promise to herself that she would join a gym immediately.  
My Opinion: L
yrical enthusiasm for the beauty of Ireland has encouraged me to want to pay a visit.

Earlier this year I read and reviewed Unfaithfully Yours when I ended my review by saying that  'Ms Clancy has more to offer as a writer I feel, so it will be interesting to see how her writing develops.' After reading Unforgettable Embrace I am still of the same opinion.  I felt this novel had potential but somehow it just did not work that well for me. Some aspects of the storyline did not go into enough detail and yet other parts of the book were over detailed making it read at times more like a tourist guide.

It is well written and I feel that Joanne Clancy has the potential to write much better novels than this one.  I will read more of her novels given the opportunity as I will be interested to see if this happens.
The first part of the novel felt a little unexciting in the way the author described her protagonist’s long term relationship falling apart, once Rachel got the travel bug it was more interesting. Her restaurant descriptions and lyrical enthusiasm for the beauty of Ireland has encouraged me to want to pay a visit. However surely that is not the intention for the novel to read a little too much like a travelogue and restaurant guide. I am also wary of the accuracy of the descriptions as I was very disappointed to notice that Newquay in Cornwall was referred to as New Quay, a basic error showing poor research and editing. I think the novel would have worked better for me personally while reading it if the suspense and romance had taken priority.

At nearly thirty years of age the protagonist Rachel and her long term boyfriend decide that they no longer want to be together. It is not as easy as she had hoped to make a fresh start and after a few disasters with dating she decides that more serious action is needed to find herself a new life. She gives up her job and her home and sets off on a tour of Ireland in an old camper van on a voyage of self discovery. The storyline then becomes a little erratic and confused as Rachel seemed to keep changing her mind about what she wanted, or to much travelogue jumped into the plot. Anyway she gets into a tricky situation unbeknown to herself, the suspense is never fully developed but it is eventually resolved.  A reasonable quick read if you like romance and some sexy scenes mixed in with travel of course.

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                           Published on 3 Apr 2012 by Joanne Clancy

                                           Author Profile

Joanne Clancy is from County Cork, Ireland. She is an avid reader,obsessive writer and a self-confessed Kindle addict who loves tea.
Joanne is the author of  The Secrets and Lies Trilogy, The Wedding Day, Unfaithfully Yours, Unforgettable Embrace and My Love.

Information and photo used in this post are with thanks to the following websites. 

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I have chosen to read this title as the letter U for The A - Z Book Challenge which I  decided to attempt to achieve in alphabetical order. I had a good selection of titles to choose from our bookshelves, so am pleased that it now looks as I have achieved my aim. You can follow my progress here.    


  1. I love Ireland as a setting, but the book just doesn't sound like one I want to take the time to read.

    1. Ms Clancy really does wax lyrical about Ireland and I think she has the potential as a writer, there is something there. Although that is just my humble opinion.

  2. Hi Linda, I know you should never "Judge a book by it's cover" but straight away that has put me off ...

    1. I know it is always hard not to judge a book by its cover Anne!

  3. New Quay! Oh dear. That is bad!! I really trust your Reviews, so I don't think I will bother with this one. There are so many Must Reads out there, as you well know! Also, I'm a bit like Anne above, that the cover of a book really does either attract me, or tell me not to bother!

    1. I know! I had to double check that it really was such a silly mistake. Thanks Diane, you do seem to enjoy a lot of the same books as me. :)

  4. Wow! amazing to watch you grow :)!
    Inspiring too :)
    The review is honest as always and thanks for this!

    Keep reading and best of luck till Z

    1. Why thankyou, I guess that means you like the layout of the reviews. I am now reading Y, so it looks like I will achieve the challenge within the year.

  5. Thanks was to inspire!
    Sorry wasn't clear :(

    I am sure you will. I am reading Ruskin Bond's book :)

  6. Hi Linda,

    Thank you for taking the time to read and review my book. I always appreciate constructive criticism. Unforgettable Embrace was my first book so I'll always have a soft spot for it. I finally wrote a book after ten years of saying I would. Writing is a journey and I've definitely learned a lot since Unforgettable Embrace but of course there's always plenty of room to grow. I'm now writing my ninth book, which should be available in January.

    1. Joanne, thanks so much for taking the time to respond to my review. I wish I had known that 'Unforgettable Embrace' was your first novel. I am sure that your writing has changed a lot since writing this one. All the best for success with number nine!


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