• Becca McCulloch

Review: Pictures in the Sky

Pictures in the Sky

She gave up on romance years ago. He’s going through the motions. Their lives change forever when he makes contact out of the blue.  With her daughter leaving the nest, Michelle Cameron would rather spend her time with good friends, a glass of fizzy and a box set, than with another idiot bloke chipping away at her self-esteem. But when childhood friend Daniel Helmsley gets back in touch, the years roll away on a tide of laughter and friendship, which soon gives way to another roller coaster of love, excitement and panic. Can Michelle let herself trust again? What if Dan is just another idiot bloke, disillusioned with the present and nostalgic for the past? If you like cosy romance that makes you laugh as well as cry, then you’ll love this feel-good tale of past disappointment, renewed friendship and finding true love. 

Download Amanda Paull’s Pictures in the Sky today to discover if Michelle dares to love again. ‘Your lively style and humour are exactly right for this genre.’ Susan Davis.


The book opens and closes on an image all too familiar as I sit in an airport surrounded by mothers trying to move a collection of small people from one location to another. The scene is used to show the heroines growth from overwhelmed and terrified to assured of her place in the world. 

While I loved this imagery, I didn’t buy into the journey. Throughout the novel, Michelle repeats her mistakes time and time again. She is guided by bitterness and foolish about people. Her take-charge moments come across as hollow fits of temper rather than moments of self-mastery. 

At the heart of my frustration was her relationship with Dan. The blurb doeant reveal that this relationship happens while Dan is married. I don’t like adultery stories and this one proves as frustrating as all of them. As is written in many a therapy manual, “If he cheats for you, he’ll cheat on you.” I just couldn’t invest in the core romance. Dan was spineless and uncaring toward his wife. (I wasn’t supposed to care about Dan’s wife because she’s an alcoholic - an open disregard for the pain of addiction.) Michelle turns her back in several possible romances because Dan is The One. I’m not much of a romantic, I guess, because this brand of thoughtless love has simply never appealed to me. 

But there were positives. The author writes with keen characterization. The characters interact well, each with distinct dialogue and realistic personalities. I laughed many times. I really loved the marathon training descriptions - my middle-aged self could so relate! Even when the characters were annoying me, I wanted good things for them. I cared about these characters, which made their ending all the more disappointing. 

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Author Bio –

Amanda Paull is a writer of humorous romantic fiction. She

lives in the North East of England with her husband and works in the public sector. The inspiration for her stories comes from real life, which she tries to show the funnier side of by embellishing to the hilt. Amanda's Website: http://www.amandapaull.co.uk

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Apaullfiction/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Apaullfiction


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