Hi, I am bringing you my review very late because I have had some serious family issues going on. A huge thank you to Rachel and the author for sharing this book and allowing me to be on the tour. I am sorry it was late!
Long-listed for the Exeter Novel Prize, Melting in the Middle is a literary comedy about redemption and second chances, played out amid the madness of modern life.
For Stephen Carreras, life is in turmoil. His career with Britain’s worst chocolate company is heading for the rocks when it’s taken over by US confectionery giant Schmaltz. He’s just turned forty, he’s messed up on marriage and is struggling to keep a toehold in the lives of his monosyllabic teenage children.
Then he meets Rachel, who dances to a very different beat. She challenges him to do good among the carnage that surrounds him. But to do so, he must confront his past and work out all over again what really matters…
This was a fun and refreshing read. It is my first male POV romance, and I found it to be quite a good time. I do not think I have read a romance told from the POV of a male, so this was new for me. It also has a lot of corporate things going on, which I thought was interesting. I have never worked in the field, but reading these type of books makes me happy I do not have to. This is a great insight into the view of a man and what working in corporate can be like. You would think working in a chocolate factory would be fun, but it seems like not!
This is a second chance story. A man has to build up his life from a bad marriage and having two children. And his job is not easy. Seeing what Stephen went through was tough, but he came out the successor.
This is a great story for anyone who loves second chance stories or maybe even seeing what working in a corporate setting is like.
I would read more from this author.
About the Author
Born in Yorkshire, Andy Howden read English at Sheffield University before a career in marketing, including working for a multi-national company in London and Paris. This novel was long-listed for the Exeter Novel Prize as ‘funny,poignant and uplifting’ and sprang out of a MA in Creative Writing at St Mary’s University in Twickenham. Andy lives in South West London with is wife and has two grown up children who have left home but fortunately keep popping back to see him.