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Some Kind of Wonderful

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,671 ratings  ·  310 reviews
Curl up with Sunday Times bestselling author Giovanna Fletcher's latest warm and witty novel.

Happiness can be found where you least expect it . . .

When the love of your life says you're not The One, what next?

After celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks Lizzy and Ian are about to get engaged.

Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, n
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 6th 2018 by Penguin
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This is a light and entertaining quick read by Giovanna Fletcher. Lizzie and Ian have been a couple for 10 years since university, and through the years Lizzie has obsessed about when Ian will propose. She has almost given up that he ever will, only to find on a holiday to Dubai, that he finally bring out the ring. However, to her horror, there is heartbreak when he comes out with the fact that he is just not able to propose and that he no longer wants to be with her. A shell shocked Lizzie retu ...more
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“People are meant to come into our lives and affect us. They're meant to challenged us and help us to grow. From the very first time you're cradled into your mother's bosom you're learning about human contact, love and devotion. Not every interaction will be quite as significant or powerful, but they'll push and pull you through life and help you grow and learn.”

I don't usually read chicklit, I tend to reach for PNR/UF, and now I'm wondering why I've never read more of this genre.
Joanne Robertson
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore Giovanna Fletchers books so was really looking forward to Some Kind of Wonderful. It follows a slightly different path from her previous books but that’s not a negative just an observation! But don’t worry fellows fans, it’s still the wonderfully funny and open Giovanna Fletcher that we all know and love!

Lizzie and Ian have been together since, like, FOREVER and surely the next step after the long term romance and the flat is that ring on her finger followed by the wedding of her dreams.
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Well I have to say this is a bit of a departure from the normal Giovanna Fletcher writing style but one that I absolutely loved. Lizzy has been with Ian since Uni and she has their whole lives planned out, even if it is only in her imagination. When they go on a trip to Dubai Lizzy is convinced that this is 'it'. Instead she finds herself at the polar opposite of where she thought she would be and flies home a single woman. This throws her and she returns to her Mum's house to lick her wounds a ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As someone who usually enjoys Giovanna's books, even just as light reads, I found this to be utterly devoid of any substance.

The characters were flat and uninteresting and the language used was often VERY crude. Even the use of the word "fanny" in a serious context was just about enough for me to close the book. The worst sin of all was the use of "hubba hubba" in response to a sighting of an attractive man.
The character Lizzy seemed to only react to things in the extremes- desperately sad or
Oct 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sad to say that I really did not enjoy or get into this book. I wanted to love it as I think that Giovanna herself is absolutely brill! However, I got up to 20% and realised that I just wasn't enjoying it. There was so much padding in the narrative, and unnecessary detail, that I just wanted to get on with the main plot points. Still by 20% of the way through it felt like nothing had happened (admittedly the breakup had happened but that was being dragged out something chronic) and I wanted ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to love this book, I love Giovanna's work but this book just wasn't for me. For starters the story of a break up and subsequent life change was good, however, the long and labourious remainder of the book didn't seem to go just petered out. Wish I'd have waited for a price drop before reading.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Giovanna Fletcher is a great author and I couldn’t wait to read Some Kind of Wonderful.

The story follows Lizzie, who finally wants to get married to her boyfriend Ian. They have been together for many years. Her dreams a crushed though and after a holiday, she finds herself heartbroken and alone and back at her parent’s house.

It’s also her chance though, a chance for a fresh start and of figuring out what she really wants. It was f
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that has its heart in the right place and is a lovely comfort read when you are feeling a bit meh and need cheering up.

Lizzie is a great character. I didn't warm to her at the start of the book, because she was so fixated on getting a ring on her finger that she lacked any depth or redeeming features. However, as the book progressed and Lizzie dealt with the realisation that she was now on her own, she became a much more endearing person and I found myself cheering her on as she
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, net-galley
Lizzie is on a dream holiday with her boyfriend and expecting him to propose in the most romantic way. The book explores shattered dreams, family dynamics and rebuilding your whole life when the one you'd hoped and dreamt about is cruelly snatched away. Lizzie works to rediscover the girl she was before and that she is entitled to have her own thoughts and decisions on what happens.
I loved the characters and the whole feeling around the family, even her nightmare sister.
I always enjoy Giovanna F
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Nicht ihr bestes Buch. Stellenweise sehr langatmig und zu ruhig. Die Übergänge zu einzelnen Handlungssträngen waren für mich manchmal echt fragwürdig. Es wurde sehr viel geredet. Nicht, dass das schlecht wäre, aber mir hat die Selbstfindungsphase gefehlt, also die Aktion an sich.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley. This is the first book I have read by Giovanna Fletcher but it won't be my last. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was quite funny in places. There was not too many characters in the story which made it a nice easy read for me as I knew who everyone was without having to go back to parts in the book to refresh my memory. Highly recommended!
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have thoroughly enjoyed this story! It began quite... "eesh" but I loved the transformation Lizzy went through.

It's refreshing to find realness in this contemporary books. The characters have flaws (quite real ones!) and aren't black or white.

Some parts were a bit too descriptive for my liking but Giovanna's style is fresh and light so they weren't too bad.

I finished this book feeling encouraged to pursue my happiness and my dreams. I loved the fact that the story makes you cheer for Lizzy
Claire Reeder
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some Kind of Wonderful is the latest book from Giovanna Fletcher and is genuinely fantastic.

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since their first day at university and have been together for a decade. They’re on a romantic holiday to Dubai and everyone assumes they’re going to get engaged. After all, it’s been ten years! There is a proposal but it’s nothing like Lizzy expected and slowly, through the tears and heartbreak, she realises being Ian’s other half for so long has caused her to miss out on
Nicola Clough
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't wait to read this book as it's been a while since her last chicklit book. Well worth reading and fun throughout I would say it's not one of her best but still loved it and had great meaning. It was an easy read and full of love and friendship and finding out who she is after heartbreak. Lizzie and Ian have been going out for ages and she is desperate to get married and when they go on a romantic holiday she thinks her luck is in but once he asks her he realises it's not for him and th ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm really sad that I didn't like this book as much as I wanted to because I love Giovanna Fletcher as a person! The first quarter of this book, I really didn't like. It just felt so cliche and it felt like the author was trying too hard to relate to being a teenager even thought the main character in this book is aged 28.

There was also so many sentences where information that just didn't need to be there, was there. A lot of these sentences had references to celebrities and their songs and it
Rachel Gilbey
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Journey of self discovery for the main character, as she tries to work out what version of herself she really is,

Whether its the person she was at 18 before she met Ian, at 28 after 10 years of being with Ian before being broken up with in a memorble way, or some other version of hersef,

Within the book we learn a lot about her family and best friend, and I loved seeing all the various characters.

I am a huge fan of Giovanna Fletcher and although not my favourite book by her, I still thought it wa
Isabelle Broom
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. Gi's best yet. Full review to follow.
I finished two books today which shows how productive I was today. And the fact I got round to writing these reviews on the day I finished them is a small miracle. But onto my topic today, Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. The book itself follows Lizzie, a woman who has been in a ten year long relationship and is desperate to get married. After being humiliated during a romantic escape to Dubai, Lizzy is now single and desperate to find herself again.

Giovanna Fletcher is my ultimate
Joanne Balharrie
Some Kind of Wonderful is the latest Giovanna Fletcher novel, by which I mean it came out last year and I’ve only just gotten around to reading it. I normally love Fletcher’s novels, and I was super excited when I got sent this one through NetGalley. However, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with this novel.

Fletcher’s latest novel follows Lizzy and Ian on their romantic holiday, a decade into their relationship. Along with everyone else in her life, Lizzy thinks Iain is about to po
Verity (The Cosy Reading Nest)
I had high hopes for this book which is possibly why I feel so disappointed that I only found it...ok. Let me start by saying I love Giovanna Fletcher, as a mum, a vlogger, and a writer. Her previous books have enchanted me. I love her warm writing style; her romantic, dreamy plots and friendly characters.
Sadly, I felt that what I love about her books usually was missing from this novel. I didn't like any of the characters (in fact I found them quite crude and vapid for the most part) and I did
Jeannie Zelos
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Genre: Women's fiction, Romance

I loved Billy and me, simply adored it. Sharp dialogue, great characters and a drama filled, wonderful romance. That was my first GF read, and then I read Your the one that I want - and really didn't like it. Still, that could just have been a bad choice for me so when I saw this I wanted to see if it recaptured for me the wonderful feeling of Billy and me. Sadly it didn't :-( 

I found th
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will forever be working on my progress list, and that's life.
I'm not meant to be who I was yesterday, last year or a decade ago.

I'm on the edge of tears. I most definitely didn't expect this book to affect me this much. But I love it a bit more for that.
Lizzy's worries, her loving family, her amazing friends, their lives… I loved reading about it all. At times it felt as I was reading my own thoughts and this was so heart warming.
I almost gave it 5 stars, the only thing stopping me is that I
Ali Bookworm
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read, full of all kinds of rollercoaster emotions, both sad, and also some laugh out loud moments. I didn't really like all the characters though, all a bit 'in your face' especially Michelle. Whilst the aspects of the plot after heartbreak are very real, for me, a lot of this book was pure fantasy. How many actually have friends like Connie, or a cosy twee litte family, not to mention falling into a super duper job or going back packing for months on end AND finding anothe ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of them books that catches your interest from the very first few lines, I loved it, it was so easy to read and I loved that it wasn’t your typical love story gone wrong, as Lizzy finds herself dumped when all she wanted was a proposal from her boyfriend of ten years. It’s not all about romance, her finding someone else or moping over her ex Ian, in fact she doesn’t see him again for ages and only once more. This is about Lizzy trying to find her happy place, about trying to find out who she ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, let's be clear here. I love Giovanna's writing and usually I would give this book a different rating... it's the problem: "It's not you, it's me". This would have been a great read if I wasn't at this exact point in my life... With that said, if you love a soft, quick and easy romance you should give it a go ;)
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like because I think the author is fab... however, try as I might; I just couldn’t. The story lacked depth or any interesting plot. The characters were empty and had no fascinating qualities between them but above all - nothing actually happened. At all. However, Fletcher is fab so I’ll probably give another book a whirl just in case.
All of Gi's books are like a lovely hug and gossip with a mate. I must admit, protagonist Lizzy was super unlikeable at first, but as the book went on I really started to root for her. Loved the whole cast (a particular shout out for the realistic sisterly relationship between Lizzy and Michelle!) and a gentle, Christmassy vibe without being OTT.
Michelle Barnett
I really wanted to like this book! It was my first by the author but I’m sorry to say I was bored! Nothing happened! I think if she had added a couple of twists and turns and some not so nice characters to the story it might have had more depth to it. Sorry Giovanna!
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

I haven't read any of this author's books before but have heard good things about her. After books about gangsters and serial killers I was particularly looking forward to something a bit lighter.

After 10 years with her boyfriend Lizzy is unexpectedly on her own. She realises she no longer knows who she is so sets out to become the person she wants to be.

I read this book on and off in one day. It didn't have my attention so much that I couldn't put it down but I did enjoy picking it up and re
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Giovanna grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and spent most of her childhood talking to herself (it seems no one wanted to listen) or reading books.

At thirteen she left Essex behind to attend the full-time Sylvia Young Theatre School, where she met her husband Tom Fletcher. Following SYTS she completed an acting BA (hons) at Rose Bruf
“People are meant to come into our lives and affect us. They're meant to challenged us and help us to grow. From the very first time you're cradled into your mother's bosom you're learning about human contact, love and devotion. Not every interaction will be quite as significant or powerful, but they'll push and pull you through life and help you grow and learn.” 4 likes
“We never really know what others are going through or have been through. Sometimes even the hapiest of souls can be ones suffering the worst pain. We all have our difficulties, our struggles and heartache. They're part of our story. The have a part to play in the people we become, but they don't define who we are.” 3 likes
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