Review: Some of It was Real
Author: Nan Fischer
Genre(s): Mystery, Romance
Pages: 352 (Kindle)
For: Personal Interest
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Sylvie Young, a psychic on the verge of stardom who isn’t sure she believes in herself and, Thomas Holmes, a cynical journalist with one last chance at redemption are brought together by secrets from the past. When Sylvie and Thomas collide, a game of cat and mouse ensues, but the secrets they’re keeping from each other are nothing compared to the mysteries and lies they unearth about Sylvie’s past.
When I read Wendy’s review of SOME OF IT WAS REAL, I put it on hold at my local library right away. There was a little bit of a wait, but I finally got it and read it. I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed this book.
The enemies-to-lovers and forced proximity tropes are two of my favorites and SOME OF IT WAS REAL didn’t disappoint. The execution of the enemies-to-lovers trope was excellently written, producing a spicy slow-burn romance. Sylvie and Thomas’ constant worry of out-smarting the other while falling in love was a treat to read, and the cat and mouse game dynamic made the story fun and exciting.
I loved the inclusion of Sylvie’s beloved service dog, Moose. Even though as a Great Dane he comes across as a bit scary, he’s a lovable teddy bear. Thomas’ cat, Christopher Robin, reminded me of my Daxi-cat, who recently passed away due to old age. I loved Chris’ demeanor and her interactions with Moose. Each pet was written as a beloved companion, endearing me more to the two main characters and making SOME OF IT REAL a much richer story.
SOME OF IT WAS REAL is a a heart-wrenching story that asks the reader to believe in something unseen. It’s also about love, acceptance, and truth. I’m glad I was a part of the journey to find out who Sylvie was. I thought the premise came across as realistic given the circumstances of her past. Skeptical at first like Thomas, the more I learned the more I believed in Sylvie as a person and a psychic-medium.
I would’ve given SOME OF IT WAS REAL 4.5 or 5 stars, but the ending wasn’t quite as satisfying as I wanted it to be. I did love the feeling of hope and how it coincided with believing in something intangible. View Spoiler »I wanted a more solid resolution for Sylvie and Thomas’ relationship, though. « Hide Spoiler
Have you read SOME OF IT WAS REAL? If so, what did you think?
There is a trigger warning for loss of a parent and loss of a pet.
I love the title and often read books because of that!
I do too and this title along with Wendy’s review did the trick. 😀
Thanks for the shout-out, Jenni! ❤️. I’m glad you enjoyed this.
You’re welcome, Wendy! 😀 Thanks for the great review!
She has a dog named Moose? I’m in! 😀
Right?! I loved Moose so much. And, Thomas’ cat, Christopher Robin, was awesome too. 😀
This is the first review I’ve seen of this one. I like the sound of the dynamic between Sylvie and Thomas. So glad you enjoyed this one overall!
The dynamic between Sylvie and Thomas was definitely one of my favorite parts. I loved the push and pull nature of it. 😀
It’s a shame the ending didn’t quite work for you but this sounds like an otherwise well written and powerful story – thank you for sharing it!
Yes, I think that’s a good assessment. I very much enjoyed the writing and the story. And, the ending didn’t ruin it either. I can definitely see what the author was going for and I think it would work for a lot of other readers. 😀