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But I Said Forever by Jennifer Gilby Roberts
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Brittany Beresford is married to a complete and utter jerk. That’s the first thing I picked up on in But I Said Forever – which is a short, fun story with an entertaining set of characters and lots of humour along the way. Phillip, Brittany’s husband and father of her son James, annoyed the hell out of me. (He was meant to). He was rude and arrogant and had the strictest, most ridiculously outdated views on women who are wives and/or mothers. He was a bit of a pig, to say the least, and acted like he was born hundreds of years ago. How dare Brittany want to have a career and friends instead of being a stay at home mum… Not that Phillip himself spent any time with poor James. My hatred for Phillip actually made me love this book, because rooting for Brittany to think about herself and create a happy life for herself was made SO easy. I did love seeing Phillip as a bit of a pantomime villain, and the first Jennifer Gilby Roberts book I’ve read became a real hit, real quick.

But I Said Forever is told in first person, from Brittany’s perspective. I loved the style this was written in. Brittany is not always too great at saying what she really means, not to other people, but when narrating, she brings a lot of humour and I loved her little cries for help and reading what she was really thinking by catching the responses she wasn’t planning on making vocal. Brittany soon finds herself on a month’s trial at For Goodness Cake bakery (loved the name) and this was the main setting that provided us with a whole new cast of amusing characters, who were all so quirky and different. Along with James’ nannies too, the characters were wonderful to read in But I Said Forever and it was difficult to pick a favourite. Abby and Lauren made me laugh a lot whereas Zack and Carly were a bit more sensitive and caring. There were plenty of other characters who kept the story fresh and vibrant and we also meet Mel, who is Brittany’s sister and the main character in the standalone first book, The Dr. Pepper Prophecies, which I’ll be getting myself a copy of.

I love books about following your dreams and building a life for yourself and so I found But I Said Forever was a delight to read. Not just blessed with fab characters, there were a few surprises along the way, most notably idiot Phillip’s secret which was unpredictable and uh, just a little unexpected… There was a lovely focus on friendship in this book and there were a few certain characters that when they got on the same page, you just wouldn’t want to mess with. But I Said Forever was a gorgeous read, one which gives you the perfect excuse to eat cake whilst you sit back and enjoy an entertaining story, made even better with its simplistic and charming ending.

*Book received in exchange for an honest review.
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Bookread2day This is a must read for me.

Sophie wrote: "This is a must read for me."

I hope you enjoy it!

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