About the book...
Faith owns The Coffee Pot in the outdoor adventure sports mecca of Derbyshire’s Peak District. She hasn’t had a man in her life for a while, as she’s been too busy serving cakes to weary rock climbers and mountain bikers to find time for the complications of a relationship with the male of the species.
At least, that’s what she tells herself. The truth is that since she got her heart broken she’s had problems trusting men.
When she meets Zane, one of the new owners at the Carrdale Extreme Sports Centre, Faith finds herself enjoying his company even though part of her can’t help wondering why he’s so reluctant to talk about himself.
Then the past comes back to haunt her in the shape of Zane’s business partner Matt, who just happens to be the guy who broke Faith’s heart all those years ago.
With Matt out to cause trouble and Zane keeping secrets Faith’s life is about to get very complicated indeed…
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About the author...
Zanna Mackenzie lives on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border with her husband, 4 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read.
Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working on. She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot!
If You Only Knew is Zanna’s third novel; her previous books The Love Programme, and How Do You Spell Love? were both published in 2013.
I was given an ecopy of this book as part of the Fiction Addiction Blog Tour for Zanna Mackenzie's If You Only Knew in exchange for an honest review.
This book wasn't fast paced by any stretch of the imagination but peaked and troughs in all the right places along with the emotion and action. I was aware of every page for the first couple of chapters but the next time I looked I was a third of the way through the book. The more I read, the more I wanted to read and I did acquire a real empathy for each of the characters.
The story revolves mainly around two characters - Faith, owner of the Coffee Pot cafe who is just so lovely, sweet, kind and caring but at the same time you sense her vulnerability and Zane who comes into her life sparking an instant connection - he's a bloke, he's fit, good looking and the outdoorsy type - arriving in town to open an outdoor pursuit centre. That's all good but he's way too similar to Aaron an ex that hurt Faith badly so she thinks she should really give him a wide berth.
The characters are so well written you can feel the connection but Faith keeps telling herself to pull back - she doesn't want to get her fingers burnt again. At the same time Zane clearly likes Faith but keeps telling himself to back off as he has a business to set up and run - no time for a relationship.
Enter Matt, Zane's friend and business partner - everything begins to unravel, as an unexpected past connection with Faith emerges - let the battle commence! It is fair to say emotions run high, for all three and events and relationships in their past need facing before any of them can move on and form new, lasting relationships for the future.
This really was a good story that emphasises the need for loyalty, honesty, truth and forgiveness to enable a happy future. Zanna had me firstly rooting for Faith and Zane. I didn't want to like Matt but I did end up wanting a happy ending for him too. This was a real feel good book, the many situations and conversations felt true to life, nothing is ever as simple as it seems on the surface. As for The Coffee Pot Cafe - how I wish it was real, I could virtually smell the coffee, feel the warmth and friendliness and taste the moist, cake - a job well done there Zanna - I'm drooling again just writing this!
Zanna Mackenzie is an author I've not read before but I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
I gave this book 4/5 stars