Book Review: The Other Half of Augusta Hope

Hello everyone. Happy Thursday. Today, I’m posting a book review from an ARC read via NetGalley.

The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen

4 Stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for this ARC of The Other Half of Augusta Hope.

Though I have given this book four stars, I have to say that the story itself merits a full five. Unfortunately, poor formatting and elementary mistakes such as not giving each speaker their own paragraph spoiled this read immensely. I realise this is an ARC and that many formatting issues will get taken care of before publishing—I would hope—but the dialogue paragraphing issues shouldn’t be here in the first place.

Okay, so, on to the tale …

Have you ever felt like you don’t fit in? Ever wanted escape a bad situation? Or felt that you just can’t go on? If so, this book will resonate with you on so many levels. Though it tackles such difficult topics, the author does this with delicacy and grace, and the whole book holds a glorious thread of humour. It had me laughing out loud a few times. 

At first, I wondered what the connection could possibly be between Augusta and Parfait, but it all came clear soon enough. I loved the beginning, which had me read the first 40% of the book in one sitting. I loved the middle, which didn’t lag at all. And I loved the ending, which was well rounded and tied off nicely. The only reason I didn’t finish this wonderful book in one go was time constraint. 

I haven’t read Joanna Glen before and will definitely look out for her in the future. Thank you for a great read. 

NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.


4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.

3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. 

2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines. 

1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.


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8 Comments on “Book Review: The Other Half of Augusta Hope

  1. I find that distracting and confusing, too with the paragraphs issues. Sounds like an interesting read, thanks.

    • Thanks, Denise. It’s a shame, because it would otherwise have been an outstanding five-star read. 🙂

  2. Like Staci, I’ve been seeing a lot of reviews that reference speakers not getting their own paragraphs. Very weird that so many authors are doing it. I hope it’s formatting and not intentional, although formatting issues are just as bad. It sounds like you enjoyed the book despite the problems. Always a plus!

  3. I’ve been seeing that same paragraph issue in books lately. Not a lot, but often enough to cause concern. I hope that isn’t becoming a trend.

    Thanks for sharing the review.