I Heart Hawaii by Lindsey Kelk
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publishing Date: 30th May 2019
Series: I Heart Book #8
Source: Received from the publisher, thank you!
Number of pages: 400
Genre: General Fiction (Adult)
The next hilarious novel in the I HEART series from international bestselling author, Lindsey Kelk.
Join Angela and Jenny in the series finale of the bestselling I Heart books, on the balmy beaches of Hawaii.
When Angela Clark’s best friend Jenny invites her to join a press trip to Hawaii, three days of sun, sea and sleep sounds like the perfect antidote to her crazed life.
At work in New York, she’s supposed to be the face of Having It All. But the only thing Angela feels she excels at is hiding in the printer cupboard, eating Mini Cheddars and watching Netflix on her phone and if this is living the dream, she’s more than ready to wake up.
A few days away with Jenny sounds like exactly what she needs but Angela’s talent for getting into a scrape guarantees nothing goes to plan – and not even the most beautiful beaches, blue skies and daiquiris will get her off the hook…
Angela has just started her new job and has to leave her little Alice for the first time for so long. Sure, Alex is a great dad, but well, you know… mum is a mum, right? However, she’s full of enthusiasm and actually happy to go out. Then Jenny invites her to a press trip to Hawaii and Angela is torn – it would be great to travel there with the whole gang, but what would Alex say? He says, go! She will miss her daughter but how can she miss on the opportunity of some free days paid trip to Hawaii, all inclusive? Sun, sea, best friends, what could go wrong?
Well, it’s Angela we’re talking about, there is much that can go wrong…
It was so, so great to be back with Angela and the whole gang, even with Cici. It was actually Angela at her best and I loved how easily and lovely she took to motherhood, how relaxed she was in fact, even though, as it turns out, juggling being a mum and being back to work is not as easy as she has thought it may be. Then there is also the fact of joining a mother – baby group that sounds much more like Mafia than your normal coffee – klatsch. She’s up to her eyeballs creating the new website and then she lets Jenny to convince her to travel with her, and some other friends, to Hawaii – typical Angela, no? However, Angela plus Jenny plus Louisa plus James, put together on a beautiful island, in a luxury villa can only mean troubles, and what follows is a hilarious, funny but also poignant story of friendship – full of scenes that you’ll never going to forget. Yes, I mean horse riding for example.
We have Angela, Jenny, Lou and Alex go through so much in all the books, we have travelled around the world, have seen brilliant places, and first of all, we have seen Angela, growing, facing her worst enemies, getting herself into many troubles and then getting back on her feet again. We have shared tears, laughter, all the ups and downs and taken Angela and the rest to our hearts. “I Heart” by Lindsay Kelk will stay one of the most recognisable, remarkable and unforgettable series. Ever.
I love Lindsey Kelk’s writing style. It’s chatty, it’s light – hearted but it’s also filled with feelings and emotions, and it’s a perfect mix. I have laughed out loud, I’ve cried, I rolled my eyes, I gasped and not only when reading “I Heart Hawaii” but all the other previous books as well. It was such a brilliant, crazy journey that brought so much happy hours. Actually, it took me a long time after I finished reading the book to write this review because I thought that it will be so final then. It’s like an end of the era, saying goodbye to Angela and Jenny, really. I’m not a very sentimental person when it comes to fiction, sure, I have my favourite series and when they come to an end it makes me sad, but here I can cry crocodile tears as I know I’m going to miss their mis(adventures), antics and embarrassments. However, personally, I think that it is the best end to a much loved series that we could expect and I absolutely loved it, the closure, the full circle, it left me feel very, very satisfied. There is as much humour as in the previous books, but there is also a little more serious tone in this story, which worked perfectly well – the characters do grow up, do mature and they do have different kind of problems. I know this review is a bit enigmatic and not giving away too much but it’s deliberately done – I simply want you to read this book for yourself, to love it as much as I did – and I’m sure you’re going to! It was Angela and Lindsey Kelk at their best and I can’t recommend the book highly enough!