Title: Izzy's Cold Feet
Author: Sarah Louise Smith
Publication: Crooked Cat Ltd. ( 2013)
Summary: One bride to be. Three ex-boyfriends. Izzy is engaged to Greg, who is everything a girl could want. The trouble is – all she can think about is the men she loved before she met him: sexy Ewan, the first love of her life; dependable Jason, who loved her more than she deserved; and irresistible Dexter, who broke her heart… Then there’s the fact that her sister has been missing since Izzy was twelve. After such a traumatic childhood all Izzy wants is a normal, happy, settled life, but love is never simple. In the week leading up to her wedding day, Izzy is forced to ask herself who she loves the most. And, given the choice, who would she want to spend her life with?
What I Think
Having previously read Amy & Zack, Smith's first novel, my expectations of Izzy's Cold Feet were fairly high. It didn't disappoint. The main character, Izzy, is a lovable character and I really enjoyed the entire book because of her. She definitely has her flaws (who doesn't?) but this makes her a far more rounded character. As the reader, you can see where she has made mistakes, but those mistakes make her more human, more real, more like every day modern women who do unfortunately make mistakes.
In Izzy's Cold Feet Smith has explored the meaning of love. Through the four men in Izzy's life, we look at four very different relationships and how love can be different with different people. Izzy doesn't know what, or more importantly who, she wants. As the book progresses she draws some very important conclusions about these different relationships and what she wants from a long-term relationship.
Along with love another theme is loss, predominantly that of Izzy's missing sister. Not only does Izzy lose her sister, which leaves a hole in her soul she struggles to fill, but she loses the carefree love of her family, her security in the world and her confidence that everything is going to be okay. This, naturally, has a massive impact on the decisions she makes in life as she is looking for a relationship to make her feel whole again.
Ultimately I think she makes the right decision and chooses the right man, but who will it be? You'll have to read the book to find out!
About the Author
Sarah Louise Smith lives in Milton Keynes, UK, with her husband, two cute cats and a loopy golden retriever. She has an extremely lovely step-daughter and spends most of her free time writing, reading, cooking, and taking long walks.
She’s the author of two chick-lit novels: Amy & Zach and Izzy’s Cold Feet, both published by Crooked Cat.
You can find Sarah and her books at the following places:
Blog: Sarah Louise Smith
Facebook: Sarah Louise Smith Author
Izzy's Cold Feet: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Crooked Cat Publishing