Sophie Kinsella has been one of my favourite authors for at least five or six years - I picked up one of her books, 'Can You Keep a Secret?' a few years back and I fell in love with her style and became a huge fan right away. In the past few year, I've read all of her books - the whole Shopaholic series and each novel she published, except Twenties Girl. And now that I was finally able to sit down and read it, I'm more certain than ever that no matter what she writes, it's guaranteed to be the best book you've ever read.
Twenties Girl follows the story of Lara, niece to a millionaire guy called Bill Lington who runs a successful coffee chain all over the world. Lara is an ordinary twenty-something businesswoman who works at a head-hunting company she set up with her best friend Natalie.. right until Natalie decides to disappear, leaving her in the lurch, not having the slightest clue what to do or how to run the company all alone. To make things even worse, her mother has anxiety problems, she just broke up with her boyfriend Josh and to top it all, she has to attend her great-aunt's funeral as well. At the funeral, Sadie's (the great-aunt's) 23-year-old self appears as a ghost but as it turns out, only Lara can see and hear her, no one else. She tells Lara about her dragonfly necklace - something she wore at a time when she was genuinely happy and something without which she can't rest - and wouldn't leave her alone until she promises to find out where it is. I could go on and on about the story but I don't want to give too much away.
Twenties Girl was nothing but pure brilliance. Kinsella's writing is something that I absolutely adore - you can't help clinging to every word she says, every word she puts down on paper - it's amazing. Very witty, sometimes sarcastic and immensely funny, her style is just great. She writes with such ease and depth that she never fails to captivate her readers from the very first page. She managed to laugh out loud and cry almost at the same time and even though the story itself is laugh-out-loud funny, the ending is very emotional.
Along with the great writing style came an amazing plot - even after a whole series and several standalone novels, she manages to write something completely original and unique. What I loved about it most is the characters. Sadie - the ghost - started to annoy me at times but still, her friendship with Lara was something I really liked about the story. If I had to pick a favourite character, it'd either be Lara (because of her sarcasm and witty remarks) or Ed - an American guy who rarely smiles, lives in his own little shell, puts on a tough exterior and doesn't really open up ... until she meets Lara. Ed reminded me of myself in this respect and I found his character easily relatable.
In short, Twenties Girl is a definite must-have: it's a real page turner that won't let you put it down. Wonderfully witty, laugh-out-loud funny and highly emotional at the same time, it will definitely stay with you for a long time. Simply brilliant....more
Although I’ve read hundreds of amazing reviews of Jojo Moyes’s books and everyone I know adores her stories, I’ve never had the chance – or the time –Although I’ve read hundreds of amazing reviews of Jojo Moyes’s books and everyone I know adores her stories, I’ve never had the chance – or the time – to pick them up myself. So when Paris for One was released as part of the Quick Reads initiative, I jumped at the opportunity and decided to give it a go.
With only 95 pages, Moyes’s novel is a super quick read. Just like the rest of the Quick Reads titles, Paris for One is aimed at those who, for whatever reason, find reading a difficult and daunting task. However, it doesn’t mean that you, as a bookworm who can easily devour a book in a day, won’t enjoy it. In fact, it’s perfect for days when you’re running errands and you know there will be some waiting time here and there. Whether you need to pop into the post office, do the school run or you’re about to go on a quick lunch break, it’s a perfect companion. I loved the fact that I could read during my lunch break without having to carry a 400-page long hardback with me, like I did the week before.
As for the novel itself, one of the things that surprised me the most about this book is how much Moyes managed to pack into such a short story. A few chapters in, I already felt like I knew Nell and her friends – and it was great to see how much she’s changed by the end. There are authors who struggle with character development even though they have at least 300 pages to work with, and Moyes only had 95. Yet, I didn’t feel as if something was missing or as if the characters lacked depth.
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The first thing that came to my mind when I read the first few chapters is why on earth have I not read any of Jane Costello’s books before? After several cringe-worthily predictable and dull chick lit books I read in the past few months, I was starting to wonder whether I’d ever find one which is genuinely entertaining and impossible to put down. Well, considering the fact that it’s been four days since I finished reading the book and some of the jokes (Mr Matt Itchypants Taylor, to name my favourite one) still make me laugh, and the fact that it was so gripping that I just had to stay up until half past one in the morning two nights in a row, I guess we can say The Wish List ticks both these boxes.
Possibly the main reasons why I loved this book so much is the main character’s personality. I just loved Emma. If I had to describe her, I would say she’s a bit like Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood from Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, two characters I absolutely adore, by the way. She’s just as clumsy as Bridget and just as sarcastic and funny as Becky, the combination of which makes for a brilliant and entertaining story. Another thing that makes it as good as it is is the fact that Emma’s friends are so relatable and well-written. They’re not shallow or two-dimensional at all. Quite the opposite, in fact. It’s not just about Emma either. They all have their own little sub-plots within the story and you actually do feel for them and want them to succeed and be happy. Or at least that’s how I felt, especially about Asha.
And if being hilarious and making me laugh out loud God knows how many times throughout the story wasn’t enough, I should also add what both Hannah and myself found great about the book: short chapters. Oh, how I love them. I’m quite a slow reader so long chapters always make me feel as if I’m not making any progress. Short ones, however, result in me not being able to put the book down and staying up until the crack of dawn with a stupid grin on my face, congratulating myself for reading so much. Big thumbs up for short chapters!
The only problem with books of this genre, however, is originality. Unless you’re the chick lit queen Sophie Kinsella, it’s pretty much a case of if you’ve read one, you’ve read them all. They all seem to work with the exact same clichés and make their heroines face the same problems and make almost the same decisions in their lives: ex boyfriend vs. new (and handsome) guy, old and boring job vs dream job, etc. And as much as I’d love to say that The Wish List is not like this but is something totally unique and ground-breaking and is not at all predictable, it wouldn’t be true. There are several parts where it’s perfectly obvious what the author is leading up to (hint: the case of the Northern Lights trip, the game in Matt’s garden) and what would happen a few chapters later in the story – but do you know what? In this case, I didn’t even care. Not as much as to put me off and stop enjoying the book, at least. The difference between the books I just described and this one is that when something is so well-written and so laugh-out-loud funny as The Wish List, you just don’t seem to care whether you know what’s coming or not. Emma is such a hilarious and entertaining character and her friends are so real and relatable that it would have been difficult not to be gripped by their story.
I really, really enjoyed this story and it definitely goes on my ‘favourite chick lits’ list. I’m a bit gutted that it’s a standalone book and we have to say goodbye to Emma and all her friends but I hope the author’s next books will be just as addictive and entertaining as The Wish List was. It’s absolutely hilarious so do give it a try if you can and if you’re in need of a pick-me-up....more
As a huge fan of both the Walsh family and Marian herself, Mammy Walsh’s A-Z of the Walsh Family was a definite must-read for me. With The Mystery of Mercy Close‘s release day only a fortnight away, Mammy Walsh’s book is perfect for those who – just like myself – are anxiously waiting for Helen’s story.
With only 67 pages, the book is not a long read – it’s short enough for you to read in one sitting (curled up in bed, with a cup of tea in hand) after a long and exhausting day at work. It’s exactly what the synopsis says – it’s basically an A-Z list of things that are somehow relevant to the Walsh clan, including the five daughters’ relationship with alcohol, Mammy Walsh’s take on fake tan, cooking, eejit sticks (oh, how I wish they were real!), Helen’s shovel list, G-strings, real men and false goodbyes. Mammy Walsh -who, along with Mr Walsh, is one of my favourites from the previous Walsh family books – is such an entertaining character and I’m glad she finally has her own book.
It’s quite difficult to talk about it without giving too much away but trust me when I say it’s utterly hilarious. Mammy Walsh’s A-Z of the Walsh Family had me roaring with laughter and reminded me of why I fell in love with Marian’s stories and all the craziness that goes on in the Walsh household all those years ago. Fans of women’s fiction, brace yourselves. Marian is back!...more
Marian Keyes has been one of my favourite authors ever since I can remember so seeing one of her books hit the shelves always fills me with excitement. The Mystery of Mercy Close is the fifth and final Walsh sister book, featuring the youngest Walsh sister, Helen. Although I was sure the book would be another fantastic read, I had absolutely no idea what to expect from Helen. We already met her in her sisters’ books when she was still a teenager – she was the pretty and popular one who was known for her sharp tongue, her sarcasm and brutal honesty. She was hilarious in her own way but for some reason I could never relate to her character as much as I could to some of her sisters’. Which was another reason why I’ve been so eagerly waiting for this book – I was really intrigued to see how her quirky character would work if she had her ‘own book’ and to see how much she’s changed throughout the years. As it turns out, she has changed a lot. So much so that a few chapters in she became my favourite Walsh sister and The Mystery of Mercy Close turned out to be my favourite book from the series.
I loved this story for so many different reasons. Helen is a great narrator – she’s sarcastic, she doesn’t care what people think about her, but she’s witty and more importantly, very entertaining. The book itself is quite fast paced – a lot faster than any of the previous four books were – and there’s literally not one dull moment. Keyes has never written mysteries or anything like this before but she pulled it off perfectly. She kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish and I literally couldn’t tell what was going to happen next. As a huge mystery/crime fan I loved the fact that I kept guessing almost till the end and even though I had at least three different solutions for Wayne’s disappearance, none of them were right. (It all starts to make sense towards the last ninety pages or so, and once you figure out what the title – which is another brilliant touch – refers to you’ve figured out where Wayne is but even then, you just can’t predict how it’s all going to end.)
On top of these countless twists and turns, another thing that makes The Mystery of Mercy Close so unique is the fact that there are basically two completely different stories within the book. On the one hand, there’s the investigation and the whole Laddz business but on the other hand, there’s Helen’s own story, her battle with depression and everything she’s been through in the past. Since Keyes herself has been diagnosed with depression back in 2009 and the book was written in the following years, Helen’s take on this issue is frighteningly real. The way she describes how desperate, helpless and afraid she felt, how nothing seemed to help and how she got to the point where she even had a suicide kit is both heartbreaking and beautifully written. Keyes went through the exact same things (including going into psychiatric hospital and even having the suicide kit) and describes them in such detail, with such honesty that I was moved to tears several times throughout the story. But at the same time, the book has quite an optimistic message as well: Helen’s story is proof that things do get better eventually. You might not be the same person as you were before but you will get better and this, just like everything else, will pass.
If I had to sum this book up in five words, I’d say it was worth the wait. I know I won’t be able to do it justice no matter how much longer I carry on but I really hope you’ll pick it up. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous four books, there are no major spoilers and it doesn’t really matter what order you read them in. The Mystery of Mercy Close is a marvellous page-turner with a hilariously funny narrator and a fantastic plot which will definitely stay with you for a long time. I loved every second of it!...more
I'm usually quite sceptical when it comes to reading short stories for a number of reasons. Well, two actually. The most obvious one is that by the time I get to know the characters and start enjoying the book, it's over. Not to mention the fact that there are many authors whose books I absolutely adore but they just don't succeed when it comes to writing short stories. However, Talli Roland's Christmas novella, Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts has simply blew me away.
Even though Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts is quite short, you can't help falling head-over-heels in love with Roland's characters. The main characters are Rose, a hopeless romantic with a charm you can't resist, her best friend Mel, who's the complete opposite of Rose and doesn't believe in love at first sight or happy endings, Rose's drop-dead gorgeous but broken hearted boss Heath and his mother Liz, who has built a successful career but alienated herself from his son in the process. Being a Londoner herself, the author manages to describe the book's setting perfectly - reading Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts brought back millions of memories of London: trying not to breathe through your nose on the Central Line, the grand stairs of the British Museum, the ever-present hot dog vendor in front of the building and the inedible sausage you should never, ever try.
Amiable characters, great story line and character development and a perfect ending that will bring tears to your eyes - Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts has all the ingredients of a great read. With her incredible sense of humour, charming personality and her talent in keeping you on the edge of your seat while making you cry and laugh out loud almost at the same time, Talli Roland will definitely render you speechless. What can I say? I'm her newest fan....more
I had no doubts about whether I would like this book or not since Kinsella has been one of my favourite authors for many years, but she managed to WOW me once again. You think you've seen it all before? Well, brace yourself - you're in for another treat!
There's literally nothing Sophie Kinsella cannot do. I picked up I've Got Your Number the other night, thinking I'd read a few pages before going to bed. Three hours and 130 pages later I was still clutching my Kindle, not wanting to let go. I swear I say this every time I finish one of her books but this has to be my favourite novel of hers so far. Well, maybe it's a tie between this one and Twenties Girl, I don't know. All I know is, it's unputdownable.
I'm trying not to sound like an obsessed fangirl here (and failing miserably) but it really is that good. There's a bit of a similarity between her books in terms of characters and plot but do you know what? I don't even care. Poppy is an entertaining protagonist who, along with Sam, makes this book as good as it is. If you've read Kinsella's novels before then you know what to expect: a laugh-out-loud plot, witty and funny characters, laughter, and some tears along the way. There's only a few authors who manage to make me smile and cry at the same time and Kinsella is one of them.
Character-wise, I would say Poppy and Sam were my two favourites. Poppy is a bit clumsy, someone who tends to feel inferior to others and rarely dares to stand up for herself and confront other people, even if she's right. I loved how much she changed by the end of the novel. Sam is your typical businessman who has confidence, power, but at the same time, some of his comments just made me laugh out loud - and as it turns out, there's a more vulnerable side to him as well.
As for the plot, all I'm going to say is that it's brilliant. It's full of twists and turns and I almost never say this but I wouldn't mind if there was a sequel to this book. You know that feeling when you find a really good book and by the time you finish it, it's as if you had to say goodbye to your best friends? That's how I feel about Poppy and Sam, and Kinsella's characters in general. I just didn't want the story to end.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who's looking for an entertaining read or a swoon-worthy romance - I guarantee you won't be disappointed. It's another masterpiece from the 'Queen of Chick Lit' - simply perfect. I just can't praise this enough. Do pick it up and you'll see I'm right. :)...more
When people ask me who my favourite authors are and I start gushing over Marian Keyes' amazingness, they tend to think: right, she's a chick-lit girl.When people ask me who my favourite authors are and I start gushing over Marian Keyes' amazingness, they tend to think: right, she's a chick-lit girl. She's living in her fairytale world, likes pink, wears high heels 24/7, is addicted to chocolate and most importantly, doesn't like classic literature.Those people who tend to label us for reading chick-lit should be prepared because are in for a surprise. The Brightest Star in the Sky is so much more than just a nice story.
On a bright summer day, sometime in June, a mysterious visitor arrives at 66 Star Street. He's patiently waiting while we get to know the tenants of this Dublin house - Katie, who works in the music industry and spends her time looking after once fabulous rock starts and appears to be celebrating her fortieth birthday. In the flat below hers, a female taxi driver called Lydia - a tough cookie, I would say, and definitely one of the most interesting characters in the novel. She lives with her two flatmates, Jan and Andrei - two good-looking Poles. The first floor flat is occupied by Jemima, an 88-year-old psychic who is currently looking after her foster son, Fionn. Fionn - originally a gardener from a little town called Pokey- is a good looking guy and is auditioning for his own TV show in Dublin. On the ground floor we find Matt and Maeve, a married couple with odd habits and dark secrets. As the days are passing by and our visitor is still waiting, Keyes invites us on a journey and we enter a magical world full of laughter, tears, love and hate, memories and well-kept secrets.
The Brightest Star in the Sky is a charming tale about life and the problems of our generation, where teenagers grow up in the belief that self-harm is fun and getting pregnant to get attention is nothing out of the ordinary. It shows how thin the line is between love and hate, it proves that nothing is what it seems like therefore we shouldn't judge a book by its cover. It shows that there's no such thing as a perfect family, a perfect relationship. We all tend to believe what we are allowed to see but Keyes lets us take a sneak peek behind closed doors and proves us wrong. It's a gripping story with an unusual narrative which encourages us to pluck up the courage to make decisions, to stand up for ourselves and most importantly, tells us not to worry about things too much because "one day we'll all be dead and none of this will matter". Keyes' work is almost like a movie - you keep wanting more, you simply don't want it to end. Expect the unexpected because Keyes will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday , Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story,and Anybody Out There. She is published in twenty-nine different languages. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also published by Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband. The Brightest Star in the Sky is Keyes' 10th novel. ...more
Witty, funny, heart-wrenching and engaging at the same time, How to Eat a Cupcake is the perfect read for a rainy day and a quiet night in. I can honestly say it has been one of the best chick-lit books I've read this year, without a doubt. It made me smile, it made me bawl my eyes out, but most importantly, it was simply unputdownable.
The plot is just pure brilliance. It focuses on Annie and Julia, two childhood friends who fall out after a series of events and don't see each other for over a decade. When they finally meet, Annie finds herself in an interesting position: does she go with her original plan and tries to put a painful past behind her or does she forgive the one who made her life so miserable a decade ago in order to make her lifelong dream come true?
The characters are are very likeable - I loved Annie's sarcasm and wit and at the same time, I felt sorry for Julia. She's a typical only child who grew up in a wealthy family. She has had everything she wanted all her life, she lives in a huge mansion, surrounded by only the best of everything. But still, her life is far from perfect. She leads an artificial life and puts on a mask every day, an immaculate smile and pretends she's fine. But she's clearly not. And as it turns out, despite the fact that she has all the money in the world, her secrets are getting the best of her and she's on the verge of falling apart.
I loved the fact that the two girls take turns in narrating the story. It's interesting to hear the story from two completely different perspectives. Because let's admit it, the two of them couldn't be any more different. Annie and Julia are an ill-matched pair of friends who have a great bond and who are -deep down- more similar than they think they are. Which makes How to Eat a Cupcake even more excellent.
Donohue adds a little bit of mystery to the story as well which, being a huge Agatha Christie fan, I really appreciated. There is a Mystery Man in the story who wants to sabotage their whole plan and wants to see the cupcakery fail - but does he succeed? I had a feeling who this man might be (having read at least 30 murder mysteries, I'm seriously thinking about becoming the next Miss Marple, haha) and I was right!
How to Eat a Cupcake has all the ingredients of a marvellous book and I can guarantee you'll love this one. Donohue's masterpiece definitely makes you want to curl up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate and some cupcakes - but don't start reading it on an empty stomach!...more
If you’re looking for an easy and charming read for the Christmas season, look no further – Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, Abby Clements’s debut novel, will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. It’s a light and entertaining read that would make a perfect Christmas present or a great read the week before Christmas Day. Even though it’s only October and snow, Christmas trees and fairy lights are still nowhere to be seen, Laurie and Rachel’s story made me feel like I was sitting in fire-lit living room with the lingering smell of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg filling the air. On top of a witty storyline, the book has a festive, cheerful atmosphere which I really enjoyed.
While lots books from this genre tend to be quite predictable, I was relieved to find that Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is not one of them. There are so many chick lit books out there (usually about love triangles) where you can figure out the ending before the book has even started but Clements’s book was definitely a pleasant surprise. The plot was very well written, full of twists and turns and I seriously couldn’t predict what would happen next. The characters are likeable, the plot is original and very enjoyable and I’m not exaggerating when I say I read it in one day. Also, in addition to the fact that the book has a stunning (and very sparkly) cover which I absolutely adore, it also includes two bonus Christmas recipes that are featured in the story. How creative is that?
The book has a third person narrator but it’s divided into two parts – one chapter is about Rachel, the next one is about Laurie and so on, which I particularly liked about this book. Laurie is a brilliant character and she even reminded me of myself a little bit. She’s the typical city girl who lives on takeaway food, whose cooking skills are limited (or let’s just say non-existent) and whose countryside surviving skills are even worse than her ability to cook. Now, give this woman a pair of high heels and designer clothes clearly unfit for the countryside and put her in a cottage with no central heating or anything remotely modern and you’re guaranteed a real good laugh. Laurie’s attempts to fit in this small community is hilarious and I thoroughly enjoyed this side of the story.
The only thing I wasn’t particularly keen on was the writing itself. While I enjoyed the plot, I found dialogues and some descriptive parts rather bland. It’s not as bland as to put you off and as I said I loved the book itself, but I do think it could have been better. And by better I mean a bit wittier, funnier or more realistic in terms of how the characters talk to each other and how the third person narrator tells us what’s going on in their minds. For there were times when I was trying to put my finger on what was missing and the only explanation I managed to come up with is that it’s a bit… simple and fluffy. Something was missing for me and I think it was that extra bit of spark, humour and realism from the writing and the dialogues. At the same time, it has a very warm and festive feel to it which is always a plus.
All in all, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is a great debut and a light, entertaining read for winter nights. I would recommend it if you like this genre or if you’re looking for some Christmas reads. And don’t forget to try the recipes after reading the book! That’s exactly what I’m planning to do....more
When I won a copy of Talli Roland’s book a while ago, I just couldn’t hide my excitement. After reading her Christmas novella Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts, she soon became one of my soon-to-be favourites. I had really high expectations about this book and I have to say, Build a Man didn’t disappoint.
What I love about Talli’s stories -in this book in particular – is that they are incredibly optimistic. Not in a “let’s all be happy” and everything is pink and wonderful way because they are also quite emotional and touching but in terms of the ending and moving on. You just don’t feel bad when the story ends – you feel reassured that life goes on and everything will be all right.
The characterisation was great! Serenity is definitely someone who you just can’t associate yourself or sympathise with. She’s working as a receptionist at her boyfriend’s clinic but it’s obvious that she’s a, she’s over-skilled for this job and b, she’s bored out of her skull all day long. On top of that we have Peter, her boyfriend AND her boss (which always a bad combination, mind you), who’s a workaholic and cares more about his cat Smitty than his own girlfriend. And he couldn’t be any more different from Serenity’s laid-back personality. I wouldn’t like to give too much away but I can tell you, it’s going to cause a few problems.
The story itself is really fast paced which is great – believe me, there’s never a dull moment. The only thing I didn’t enjoy that much -and in fact the reason why I’m “only” giving this book 4 stars- was repetition. You see, both Serenity and Peter work at this clinic – they work together, and they live together. So there came a time in the book where all I remembered reading was “we went to the clinic…we closed up and went home.” And the same thing happens every day. They get up, they go to the clinic, they close up, go home. I know Serenity’s life was dull and due to the fact that Peter was a workaholic, they didn’t even see each other during working hours and when they got home, he was too tired to do anything but watch telly and sleep. The going to-and-fro work bit was just a bit repetitive for me, that’s all. The good news is, even if you find this work routine a bit monotonous, you’ll completely forget about it by the time you reach the second half of the novel and you get utterly absorbed in what’s going on and what’s going to happen.
All in all, I really enjoyed Build a Man – it has the right combination of humour, emotion and optimism – it will make you laugh, make you emotional and most importantly, fill you with hope. Serenity’s character really grew on me throughout the story and I’m very curious to see where her life is heading so I will definitely be adding book #2 (Construct a Couple) to my wishlist! If you like chick lit or contemporary romance, do pick it up – it’s worth it!! :) ...more
Even though I have a copy of the Secret Diary of a Demented Housewife – one of Niamh Greene’s earlier books – I haven’t managed to read it yet. So when I received A Message to Your Heart, I had no idea what to expect. The story itself reminded me a little bit of Sophie Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number but it turned out to be completely different. However, it is an entertaining and a very uplifting read – if you like this genre and you’re looking for a quick summer read then it is definitely something you must add to your reading list.
If I had to pick one thing I enjoyed the most in this book then I would say the setting and the way San Francisco is described in the story. At the end of the book the author mentions that she spent some time living in San Francisco and in this novel she tried to give a sense of what this city meant to her – and she really managed to get her message across. I’ve been fascinated by this place ever since I read Meg Donohue’s How to Eat a Cupcake and the two books are quite similar in this respect. Both of them are very atmospheric and they’re guaranteed to make you feel as if you were there, sitting on the balcony of a small Italian restaurant in the dazzling sunshine, eating pizza and sipping a glass of wine.
As for the characters, I think Frankie, with her slightly sarcastic attitude and Irish humour, makes a great narrator. Take Frankie – a workaholic and tiny bit impatient literary agent whose only hope for saving her agency is signing a book deal with a writer called Ian -, add a stubborn and eccentric writer called Ian who’s afraid to step outside his comfort zone and who’s like a big kid, and spice it up with the world’s clumsiest PA named Helen and you know you’re in for a funny adventure!
The only thing I wasn’t particularly fond of is the fact that the story can be quite predictable at times. Aimee’s story is a nice touch and I love the mystery element in the novel but as soon as it turns out who’s behind these unknown messages and why they’re texting Frankie instead of Aimee, it’s quite easy to predict where the story is going and what’s going to happen next.
Other than that, it’s a nice summer read filled with down-to-earth characters, beautiful setting and more importantly, humour – it’s definitely one of those books that you can read in your garden with a cup of tea (or a glass of wine) in hand on a bright summer day. If you’re looking for a book to take on holiday, A Message to Your Heart is a must-have....more