‘Being Someone’ is Adrian Harvey’s debut novel. It was published by Urbane Publications in 2014. I was sent a copy to review a while back.
James has gone through life, taking each and every day as it comes, whilst all the time waiting for that special something to turn up. Amongst other things he loves travelling to India. His ongoing journey seems to be lacking one vital element though, a fellow traveller.
Then he meets the lovely Lainey. She is everything James wants and more and he is determined to win her heart. Lainey gives James a reason to grow and he sees a bright future with her. She promises him the happy ending he has been looking for. But will things work out the way he imagines them to?
I really enjoyed reading ‘Being Someone’ and I felt I got a lot out of it. I’m not sure if this is a book I would have bought had I seen it in a bookshop, but I’m so glad now that I gave it a go and I do truly recommend it. The story itself starts off in Mysore and it took me a while to figure out what the relevance was, but all soon became clear.
‘Being Someone’ is a beautifully told story about life, love and loss. I personally find it hard to believe that this is actually a debut novel, so advanced is the writing. The descriptions of India were wonderful and so very vivid that at one point I felt as I was actually there with James. I also like how the author has written about Jagganath who James met in India. James was going through a hard time and Jagganath showed him hospitality, something that Indians are very well known for.
I don’t necessarily condone what James did, but I think it shows that things had changed and couldn’t be rescued. Life is an ongoing journey that we are all travelling. Good and bad, happy and sad, we all have to carry on.
I am looking forward to reading Adrian Harvey’s new novel which is out next year.
I give this book 5 out of 5.
‘Being Someone’ is available to buy from:-
Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/being-someone/