Strangely, Incredibly Good - A Review
Author: Heather Grace Stewart
I started reading this book not having even looked at the blurb. Coming from Heather Grace Stewart, I already knew it was going to be good.
Here we have Cat, a thirties-something mom of two teenage daughters. She struggles, with her weight, self-esteem and general outlook on life. She’s had a lot to deal with and life seems intent on dragging her down. Until one day, when she switches on a Wii Fit machine she’s just bought second hand, and the personal trainer materializes right there in her living room. He’s a genie. You now, like in the bottle. Only he’s gone all modern day and uses electronic devices instead of a dusty old bottle. From here on, magic, mayhem, and of course love, ensues. But as we all know, things are never straightforward and easy.
This story could have been a little childish and fanciful if it wasn’t for the wonderful writing of Heather Grace Stewart. It all flows seamlessly through beautiful prose without sounding flowery and over the top romantic. It has flair, quirkiness, comedy-gold moments and heart achingly real characters. We can all recognize at least one of our self perceived flaws in Kat and Gene. Their struggles, both within themselves and with others, is something everyone will go through to some extent in their lives. It’s real life, real people —mostly — all condensed into one funny and compelling story crammed into a bottle… ehrr… book.
You won’t regret reading it, and I am now starting on the sequel.