“We got so busy living life that we forgot to live our dreams.”
Danni Lewis has been playing it safe for twenty-six years, but her sheltered existence is making her feel old ahead of time. When a sudden death plunges her into a spiral of grief, she throws caution to the wind and runs away to France in search of a new beginning.
The moment ski instructor Olivier du Pape enters her shattered world she falls hard, in more ways than one.
Their mutual desire is as powerful and seductive as the mountains around them. His dark gypsy looks and piercing blue eyes are irresistible.
Only she must resist, because he has a wife – and she’d made a pact to never get involved with a married man.
But how do you choose between keeping your word and being true to your soul?Weak at the Knees is Jo’s debut novel in the new adult, contemporary romance genre – a story about love, loss and relationships, set between London and the heart of the French Alps.
Weak at the Knees was one of those books that kind of made me sit back and think. Right from the beginning, I could sympathize with Danni. That quote above, about being so busy living life, you forget to chase your dreams, that's been my life for about the past ten years. Only now I am just beginning to realize that I have to go after what I want, if I ever have a chance at being happy. So, on that note, I was on TEAM DANNI all the way. This book is sold as a romance, and obviously the relationship between Danni and Olivier was central to the plot line. For me, the romance was not the most important thing in this story. Trust me, I am all for a happy ending, but I thought Weak at the Knees was more of Danni's coming of age story than about her falling in love.
For me, that may have been a good thing. Kessel paints a beautiful picture. I got caught up in the French Alps. It made be travel back to the my francophile high school days and long to travel abroad. She's a skilled writer, creating scenes and characters that make you fall in love. But the gem of this story is watching Danni come into her own, move past grief to truly find a life she loves. That alone makes it worth reading.
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Jo Kessel is a journalist, working for the BBC and reporting and presenting for ITV on holiday, consumer and current affairs programs. She writes for several national newspapers in the UK including the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Express and was the anonymous author of the Independent’s hit column: Diary of a Primary School Mum.
When Jo was ten years old she wrote a short story about losing a loved one. Her mother and big sister were so moved by the tale that it made them cry. Having reduced them to tears she vowed that the next time she wrote a story it would make them smile instead. Happily she succeeded and with this success grew an addiction for wanting to reach out and touch people with words. Jo lives in London with her husband and three children. She loves traveling and since becoming a mother anything even remotely sad makes her cry. She’s a sucker for a good romance and tearjerker movies are the worst. She’s that woman in the cinema, struggling to muffle audible wails as everyone else turns round to stare.
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