Colouring Outside the Lines (A Cherry Dene Novel) by Amanda Paull

I am over the moon today to be reviewing Colouring Outside the Lines on behalf of Amanda Paul and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources.  I received a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.


Meet Katie: she’s about to marry the most wonderful man in the world. The planning is done, the checklist is checked. The future is set.

Having spent her twenties and thirties enjoying life with good friends, and building a career she loves, it’s taken Katie until her forties to contemplate settling down. And she couldn’t be more delighted she waited.

So, why is her perfect groom standing gawping at her, wearing mismatched socks and sweating buckets? This can’t bode well.

With her special day in tatters, Katie has a decision to make. Does she snatch back the reigns of her old life, and tighten her grip even more? Or should she take a chance on change? Will she find the key to happiness at a Pilates class in a smelly old hall? Or is the curve ball heading her way too huge to handle?

If you like British humour and a flawed protagonist on an emotional journey, you’ll enjoy reading Amanda Paull’s latest novel, Colouring Outside the Lines – a heart-warming tale of shattered dreams, self-discovery and finding true love where you least expect it.

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My Thoughts

Colouring Outside the Lines is part of the linked Cherry Dene series however can be read as a standalone or out of order.  It’s lovely to see all the different characters pop up though and get a snippet of how their lives are going by reading the different ones.   

One of my favourite aspects of Amanda Paull’s writing is how she captures the North-East.  It a delight to spot places such as Penshaw Monument and the Tyne Bridge in a book and I love being able to fully visualise places that I know so well.  Amanda’s passion for the are and the people comes through so well too.

I loved the character of Katie and really felt for her but at the same time I could also feel and understand Connor’s frustration.  Amanda always writes completely realistic characters, and she hits the nail on the head again with Connor and Katie.  Both sweet characters on their own way but both needing to work through some issues and maybe not as compatible as they first though.  Katie’s parents add some real comedy value to the novel too and really represent a real-life family.  I loved the relationship Katie had with her brother despite how selfish he was a t times. For me it represented a very realistic sibling relationship.

Amanda’s writing is always enjoyable and it’s easy to become lost in her stories.  She writes stories with depth and emotion but still manages to keep them humorous, heart-warming and light.  When I’m reading an Amanda Paull you can often find me sniggering or chuckling out loud. 

A wonderful and amusing novel that is perfect to get lost in. Highly recommended.          

Author Bio – Amanda Paull

Amanda Paull grew up in the North East of England and couldn’t wait to move away. However, after studying and then living both in England and abroad, she returned to the North East and wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else now.

After a short career in teaching, she retrained as a nurse. She recently retired from her post as a Sleep Nurse Specialist and now spends her time writing Women’s Fiction novels and Romantic Comedy short stories.

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