Whatever it Takes by Margaret Lynette Sharp



The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Although the London of the early 1950’s holds its attractions, and love is blossoming between Lisa and her fellow trainee schoolteacher, Liam, Lisa stills nurtures resentment towards her Dad, who exiled her there from Sydney, leaving her in the care of her grandmother six years before.

But when the widowed father who abandoned her announces that he will be marrying again — this time to his flighty secretary, Eleanor — he asks Lisa to return to Sydney to be a bridesmaid. How will Lisa deal with this, given the likelihood of her once again meeting up with her first love, the newly-separated, handsome Josh? What other complications will life dish out to her?


Genre(s):  Romance

Series:  –

Length:  88 pages (print version)

Release date:  2015-08-20



“Dad! Gosh, I didn’t know…” I babbled, moments before he gave me a hug.

“Surely you didn’t think I’d miss your twenty-first birthday, princess,” he continued, grinning as though he was a proud father.


My Opinion

Whatever it Takes introduces you to Lisa. Lisa is in love with Liam, hoping that he returns her feelings. The story is told in first person, Lisa’s point of view.

With Whatever it Takes, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created a love story, taking us first to London, then to Sydney in the early 1950s. Whatever it Takes is the story of a young woman, finally having a promising relationship in London; being obliged to be her widowed father’s bridesmaid in Sydney.  I was drawn into the story, as an invisible friend. Whatever it Takes is a good read for romance fans, who like to read novella length stories and appreciate being taken on a journey to the 1950s.

Please note that this is not one of my typical genres. Despite that, I consider this book a very pleasant and/or relaxing read.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Some twists
Mood Hopeful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV First person


About the author

Margaret Lynette Sharp is an award-winning writer. Her work has been highly commended during the 2014 Hurstville Discovery Festival of Community Arts, and published by Hurstville Council in an anthology entitled “Write Out Loud”.
She spent her early years in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving with her family to a leafy, outer suburb at the age of ten.
A self-motivated student who loved to seek out information, she matriculated just before her eighteenth birthday. Her enthusiasm for literature led to further studies, with a particular focus on Short Story Writing.
Shortly after the death of her elderly mother whom she cared for, Margaret met and later married Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ. She believes that, without doubt, he is her greatest fan and motivator.
Excelling in English himself, Ron has edited much of her work.
To date, Margaret has fourteen titles available.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Whatever it Takes? Or – if you did not yet read Whatever it Takes – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Whatever it Takes was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



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