ARC Review: Kate and Alf by Carrie Stone


Title: Kate & Alf |Goodreads|
Author: Carrie Stone |GoodreadsWebsite |
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication Date: February 5, 2015
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

|Amazon| Description:

Kate loves Alf. And Alf loves Kate… Doesn’t he?

Kate can’t wait for her long-term boyfriend Alf to propose. So he might be a bit of a control freak who’s obsessed with his career … and he also seems to have conveniently forgotten their two-year plan to get married, buy a bigger house and have children. But Kate’s sure that ring will be on her finger soon.

When her thirty-second birthday ends in humiliating, proposal-less disaster, even Kate is left wondering if Alf really is The One. Then Alf’s friend, Marcus, needs a place to stay. With his dark eyes, easygoing manner and kind concern for Kate, Marcus is everything Alf is not – and it’s not long before Kate begins to wonder if there’s more to life than diamonds.


This was another book that I was looking forward to reading, based on the description on Goodreads and NetGalley. I thought this was going to be a cute love story about a girl who is ready for the next part of her life to begin, that of wife, boy was I disappointed. Here is why:

Characters: The main story is about Kate and her boyfriend of several years Alf. Enter Kate’s best friend Megan, her drug addicted brother, and Marcus, Alf’s friend that moves in. Not to mention a whole cast of characters at the care home that Kate works at. Two old women that love to give Kate advice. These characters had the potential to be great, but they were a little one sided and had no real growth. Especially Alf, he spent a majority of the book clueless.

Plot: The story starts on Kate’s 32nd birthday, where she is getting dressed up for a surprise party that Alf is throwing for her. A surprise she hopes ends with an engagement ring. The events of her birthday party send the couple on a spiral of hiding their feelings and making decisions without talking to each other. It is basically the beginning of the end.

Other issues with the story:  One of the BIGGEST problems I had with this story was that the transitions from person to person in a chapter was not seamless, one minute your reading things from Kate’s perspective and then bam your reading it from Megan’s or Alf’s. I felt as if there was no actual continuity of flow in this story. There was too much going on between all the characters and Megan basically did a 180 on her feelings halfway through the book, though I pretty much figured out who she would end up with quickly. Then there were Alf and Kate, who I had somewhat high hopes of seeing them learn to communicate with each other…but was disappointed in the end when redemption did not come. For me the end kind of sucked as well, it basically ended with Kate sitting on a bench in a new city looking towards her future, and the re-introduction of a character from earlier in the book, someone who answered one question, but basically left you with more questions that could constitute a second book. However, if a second book comes I will not be reading it.

I have to say that while the cover is cute, and the story could have been cute….I was disappointed and would not read again.


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