What Happens Now? by Sophia Money -Coutts

What Happens Now? by Sophia Money – Coutts

 

Publisher: HQ 44594734._sy475_

Publishing Date: 22nd August 2019

Source:  Received from the publisher, thank you!

Number of pages: 384

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)

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Synopsis:

‘No question about it, there are two little purple lines. I’m pregnant.’

After eight years together, Lil Bailey thought she’d already found ‘the one’ – that is, until he dumped her for a blonde twenty-something colleague. So she does what any self-respecting singleton would do: swipes right, puts on her best bra and finds herself on a first date with a handsome mountaineer called Max. What’s the worst that can happen?

Well it’s pretty bad actually. First Max ghosts her and then, after weeing on a stick (but mostly her hands), a few weeks later Lil discovers she’s pregnant. She’s single, thirty-one and living in a thimble-sized flat in London, it’s hardly the happily-ever-after she was looking for.

Lil’s ready to do the baby-thing on her own – it can’t be that hard, right? But she should probably tell Max, if she can track him down. Surely he’s not that Max, the highly eligible, headline-grabbing son of Lord and Lady Rushbrooke, currently trekking up a mountain in South Asia? Oh, maybe he wasn’t ignoring Lil after all…

Rating:  five-stars

 

Lil Bailey is currently nursing a broken heart after she’s been recently dumped by her boyfriend of eight years, the man she thought was The One. She delves into the online dating world, and manages to line up a date with Max, who is a mountaineer. Max is surprisingly good looking and the date goes smoothly, on all fronts. However, then Max disappears completely from Lil’s life and even though she knows he has read her WhatsApp messages, he simply ghosts her. And then Lil finds herself pregnant… Still not hearing from Max, and still very single, she tries to come to terms with the fact that she’s going to spend her future as a mother. Nevertheless, she tries to track Max down and when she finally manages, she’s for a confrontation with a harsh reality. They come from completely different world, heck, Max is probably Prince William’s best friend, and will he eventually accept his new role as a parent? Or is Lil going to do this all alone?

There was something in Lil, something that made her immediately likeable and believable. Maybe these were the daily challenges, or the way that she was so normal, living a normal life, and I found myself cheering her all the way through all the ups and downs she had to face. It was hilarious to see her pulling herself together and getting out there to tackle the online dating world, though I must admit that she had to be incredibly lucky to encounter Max right on the first date. Though to be totally honest I was really scared when reading their super steamy sex scene that Max is a kind of… oh well, perverse. Yes, I know. Apologies, Max. My heart went to Lil after she discovered she’s pregnant, and the author has given her such realistic voice, considering all the pros and cons and telling about her feelings and emotions and what was happening in her head and her heart. But what made her even more likeable and I wanted to give her a standing ovation for, was the fact that she has accepted the upcoming motherhood without any doubt. I mean, yes, she had doubts, she was facing the prospect of being alone, but she quickly accepted her pregnancy even though she was scared – who wouldn’t be – and was incredibly frank about how it is to be pregnant and how she feels.
To be perfectly honest, I’ve never questioned Max intentions. Simply, my gut feeling was telling me that he really can’t get in touch with Lil. Yes, I felt sorry for her for the fact that she’s been effectively ghosted, but I lived in hope that he’ll get in touch as soon as he could. And no matter what, he sounded like a pretty perfect man, no? He felt genuine and honest and him being an explorer and mountaineer was great to read about.
The thing that I didn’t like was the way Lil and her friends were calling her baby “E.T.” I know it was nicely meant and I know E.T. was great but it simply didn’t sit well with me.

The background characters are also very well drawn, so different and interesting, with their own stories. Lil’s mum and step – father were probably the friendliest and the most encouraging people in the world and I loved them immediately. Actually, she was really lucky, our Lil, to be surrounded by such supporting people because her best friend Jess was really of the best kind of best friends – always there and always knowing what to say to make the world right again.

Being a teacher myself, now admittedly in kindergarden, but teacher will always stay teacher at heart, I loved how Lil has tackled her job, teaching offspring of the bold and beautiful – the way the author has written those parts was absolutely brilliant and hilarious. Her relationship with her pupils was such an easy one, you could see she really liked her boys and she had their best interests at heart, even when she’s been losing some of them or was forced to explain how people become pregnant. Awesome!

Sophia Money – Couts has now a new fan and I’m going to read her debut novel, “The Plus One”, as soon as possible. I loved the writing style in this book and her way with words, and how well she can interweave seriousness with hilarity. Her writing is raw, honest, riveting and also saucy and is easy to read. “What Happens Now?” was empowering, light – hearted and uplifting read all the way. The book covered so many issues, such as modern dating, single parenthood, friends, families, facing up to consequences in such a lovely, sharp and humorous way. There was also a slightly more serious tone to it as well, which added tons of depth to the story. It was relatable and very honest, outrageous and poignant and ticked all the boxes for me. Highly recommended!

Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard

Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard

 

Publisher: Corvus 43812429._sy475_

Publishing Date: 22nd August 2019

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 336

Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers

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Synopsis:

From the bestselling, multiple prize-shortlisted novelist Catherine Ryan Howard comes an explosive story about a twisted voyeur and a terrible crime…

PLAY
Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?

PAUSE
Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for…

REWIND
This is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking…

Rating: two-stars

 

Audrey is a reporter desperate for a “real” story – and when one day something happens, she’s frantic to cover it, no matter what. A famous instagrammer, Natalie O’Connor, has disappeared and nobody knows where she is, not her friends, not her husband. However, all that she did is left a note that nobody has found and rented a cottage to clear her mind. She doesn’t know that in the bedroom she’s staying in, the manager of the Shanamore Holiday Cottages has installed a hidden camera. One night Andrew watches as a person appears in the cottage, stabs the person sleeping in bed and then destroys the camera. Who was this and how did they know about the camera? Do they know Andrew’s other secret as well?

So I was very intrigued by this book, however the more I read, the more confused I felt. The chapters were labelled Rewind, Pause and Fast Forward and while at the beginning I paid attention to them, in reality they’ve made me feel even more confused and so I stopped paying attention to them as they’ve never helped me to understand what actually happens in Rewind, or Pause, Play or Fast Forward and the read was therefore difficult for me and I wasn’t able to stay focused. Moreover, the characters weren’t well developed and because of the lack of sequence I didn’t feel any connection to them. They didn’t feel likeable, their actions felt too forced and the only likeable character was probably Natalie, though she also felt too weak.

There was potential, there was idea but for me there was no execution and the structure of the book simply didn’t work for me.

It was a creepy, dark, depressing and unsettling psychological thriller about woman’s quest to be with a man she fell in love with, about obsession and the influence of social media, with a compelling mystery and with some twists along the way, throwing suspicions at different characters.

The Swap by Fiona Mitchell / Blog Tour

The Swap by Fiona Mitchell

 

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton 45180031._sy475_

Publishing Date: 19th September 2019

Source:  Received from the publisher, thank you!

Number of pages: 304

Genre: General Fiction (Adult) 

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Synopsis:

***The second novel from Fiona Mitchell, author of the stunning The Maid’s Room***

Two women. Two children. But whose is whose?

When two strangers, Tess and Annie, undergo IVF at an American clinic, their embryos are mixed up and each woman gives birth to the wrong child.

The women only discover the devastating error three years later. Tess wants to swap the children back; Annie doesn’t. As the pair wrangle, neither of them expect what unfolds.

my-review

 

In America, 3 years ago, Annie and Carl had IVF and became parents to a beautiful girl Willow. In the same place, at the same time, Tess and Matteo, who live in Surrey in England, underwent the same procedure and got Freddie. Freddie, however, doesn’t look like their other sons and has behavioural problems, and moreover, they opted for the gender selective IVF and were promised to have a girl. Tess has never bonded with her youngest, so when after an accident blood tests come back with the information that they couldn’t be Freddie’s biological parents, she’s not surprised. But what has happened? Whose child is Freddie? And can it be that Tess has daughter that she doesn’t know about?

I must admit it, I was waiting holding my breath to see how the story is going to end, what is going to happen. It was an unimaginable situation, I was all the time asking myself what I would do if something like this happened to me and I’ve never found an answer, this is why I was so intrigued to see which way did the author choose. The tension, the uncertainty were absolutely unbearable. That is, until one moment, a moment when something happened and one of the characters changed her mind, and I though, and? Is this it? For me, the story declined in this moment, lost it impact and yes, I felt disappointed. It’s a shame, because I was hoping for something different. I am not saying that I was expecting THE answer, because probably any answer would be the wrong one, I simply was hoping for something different after such thought – provoking, controversial story. I think i was waiting for a catastrophe to happen, for things to explode, for confrontations and decisions, and I think this is it what the story lacked.

 I was generally curious about this book. Being a mum myself I was interested in feelings and emotions of all involved – I wasn’t expecting drama, but real people with real emotions. However, it never moved above a certain level of emotions – and just imagine this whirlwind of feelings you will for sure go through after finding out that your IVF has worked only to discover three years later that you were given the wrong embryo and you’re raising – theoretically – a strange child. Right? Heart – break guaranteed. But the characters, Annie and Tess, weren’t easy to read and honestly they were a bit too emotionless about this whole situation, and it was really difficult to engage with them. They were both very different characters, Annie warm and inviting, Tess cold and unwelcoming but I couldn’t bond with any of them, not sure why.  And at one point I stopped feeling sympathy to these women. 

The writing style was lovingly adjusted to the story’s subject matter. It was delicate, subtle and never judging but clear and compassionate. The contrast and the differences between the families were sharply captured, making you think what would be better for the children. I was also all the time wondering how, actually, could it ever be possible to perhaps give up your child after bonding with them for years, because someone made a mistake? Yes, sometimes the narration felt too overdone, sometimes it was too descriptive or focusing on things that were irrelevant to me and the dialogues felt too artificial.

But it was not only a story about swapping embryos. It touched upon many other, heavy and difficult issues, such as gender selection IVF, child behaviour, grief, and altogether, it was impactful, challenging novel and the way the characters reacted, and how their reactions contrasted, added tons of dimension to it. It was intense and insightful and very well handled,  thought – provoking and not easy but different story that is going to make you think, to make your thoughts go overdrive.

 

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Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran

Christmas Every Day by Beth Moran

 

Publisher: Boldwood Books 47490432

Publishing Date: 17th September 2019

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 408

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

When Jenny inherits her estranged grandmother’s cottage in Sherwood Forest, she has nothing to lose – no money, no job, no friends, no family to speak of, and zero self-respect. Things can only get better…

Her grumpy, but decidedly handsome new neighbour, Mack, has a habit of bestowing unsolicited good deeds on her. And when Jenny is welcomed into a rather unusual book club, life seems to finally be getting more interesting.

Instead of reading, the members pledge to complete individual challenges before Christmas: from finding new love, learning to bake, to completing a daredevil bucket list. Jenny can’t resist joining in, and soon a year of friendship and laughter, tears and regrets unfolds in the most unexpected ways.

Warm, wise, funny and utterly uplifting, what one thing would you change in your life before Christmas comes around?

Rating: five-stars

 

Jenny has though she has everything under control: her job, her private life, friends, family… That is, until her scheming twin sister gets engaged to Jenny’s “secret” boyfriend at the firm Christmas party, when it was Jenny who was actually expecting the proposal. Ouch. Jenny takes herself to Sherwood Forest – it is there her estranged grandmother left Jenny’s mother a house, and as she doesn’t need the it anymore, she gives it to Jenny. Full of plans and optimism, she turns out at her new place to find it not only in the middle of nowhere, but overgrown with brambles, hence impossible to enter. While trying to force the doors, she meets her neighbour Mack, reclusive, mysterious and very handsome.

After moving to Sherwood Forest, Jenny meets so many brilliant local people – yes, at the beginning some of them are rather sceptic, but quickly she gets drawn into their worlds and lives and becomes a part of their community. For example, the book club (I loved the meetings of the book club as you couldn’t foresee how they’re going to end every time, it was more like a challenge/unexpected situations club, the members of the club were hilarious and I couldn’t wait who’s going to choose the next book and what’s going to happen then.) Or starting a job as a nanny to 5 children, ha. However, Jenny’s biggest worry is getting the house cleaned and cleared, as she doesn’t want to sleep in the tub in the bathroom anymore, and solving the mystery of what Mack is doing, holed up in his house and always appearing on the scenes when Jenny needs help. I quickly guessed what it actually is that Mack does but it didn’t spoil the reveal of this in any way.

The characters had so much depth to them, they were so richly developed, allowing us the view to their lives. Jenny was brilliant. She was full of flaws, she was not perfect and she always kept losing her glasses – she simply felt real in all she did and said – as well as all the other characters. Sure, there were moments that some of their actions felt a bit caricatural but it worked in this book, this craziness was a part of it, of the characters and their world. Jenny’s strength of character and the way she really tried hard – after so many falls, after being held down by others, after being pushed to her limits once too many – were surprising, but it was a positive surprise. She was driven by kindness and loyalty and with the help of her new friends she was growing in confidence, blooming and opening up and facing all the challenges. I kept everything crossed for Jenny, everything, cheering her on the way to becoming New Jenny, to facing her fears and finding the courage for confrontations.

However, don’t be fooled by the Christmassy cover and title of the book, as Christmas itself doesn’t play a great part in this novel. There was only a small part set around Christmas but I think that the general message of this book is to simply make every single day of your life like Christmas, worthful and appreciated, encircle yourself with people that matter and have the courage for new things.
The story intermingle many humorous events and situations with some more poignant ones, and there was also this little mystery about who’s trying to force Jenny out of her house – there was not a single moments flat and I loved how unpredictable it was. One moment I was laughing out loud at the hilarity of the situation, the next I had a lump in my throat.

It was a deep, heartening and uplifting book with unforgettable characters, full of wisdom and lightness. Sometimes bittersweet, sometimes amusing and warming, altogether it was a book that I loved with all my heart and was incredibly sad to see the end of it. The characters in this novel were ones of the best I’ve ever come across in my books, no matter if as a group or a single person. The author has so brilliantly captured all the flaws and virtues and made each of them feel so unique, with all their ups and downs, problems, troubles and quirks, more or less usual hobbies and passions. I was so full of admiration to the way she has written Jenny, and really, she was so well describes, inside and outside that I was able not only to understand her feelings but could easily imagine every expression that she made, and some of her tips on child – minding will stay with me for ever. Shortly, I absolutely loved this book – the more I read the more invested I was. Jenny and the house both needed a clearance, and to be put together, and Jenny’s journey to discover who she really is, to find out more about her past is unputdownable.

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet

 

Publisher: Boldwood Books 46667319

Publishing Date: 8th August 2019

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 336

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

It’s never too late to live the dream…

Carla Sullivan’s 50th birthday is fast approaching when her whole world is turned upside down. Discovering her feckless husband is having yet another affair and following her mother’s death, she is in need of an escape. Finding an envelope addressed to her mother’s estranged sister Josette in the South of France gives Carla the perfect plan.

Seizing the moment, she packs her bags and heads to Antibes to seek out the enigma known as Tante Josette. But as the two women begin to forge a tentative relationship, family secrets start to unravel, forcing Carla to question her life as she has always known it.

A heart-warming tale on the beautiful French Riviera, which will keep you guessing. From the bestselling author of Summer at Coastguard Cottages, The Little Kiosk by the Sea and Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera. Perfect for the fans of Jill Mansell and Fern Britton.

Rating: three-stars

 

Carla Sullivan has just buried her mother and while clearing out her things, she discovers a letter from her Aunt Josette in France, an estranged twin sister of her mother. When she also discovers that her husband David, in spite of all his promises, has been cheating on her again, Carla decides to buy a ticket and travel to the South of France to visit her aunt. Because of the rift between the sisters Carla doesn’t know much about Josette and her life and she’s desperate to find out more about her, and maybe her family. What she doesn’t expect is that she’s going to open a Pandora box full of lies, secrets and heartache.

I would have really liked the characters more if they weren’t so overdone – they said and did all the right things in the right moments and solved one problem after another systematically and quickly, without big drama. They were either black or white, and I missed the shades of grey on them. Nevertheless, they were lovely described and there were life in all of them, they were not afraid to leave their comfort zones and adapted quickly to new conditions. Carla and Josette were strong and determined women, having courage for changes in every single moment of their lives.

There were, though, elements that couldn’t agree with me. The story started to feel too over – dramatic, but not in a positive way, it started to feel too far – fetched, it was not like reading a book but watching a soap – opera like “Dynasty”. The characters were so nice and kind and understanding that there came a moment that I thought I couldn’t take any more. I know we always want our characters to finally start to talk, but these here were simply talking too much, over – analyzing and discussing everything with each other, so no wonder that the story felt too repetitive, as we were getting a version of the same situation from almost every single character. There were no secrets, everything was in the open and the author didn’t keep me guessing.

The secrets have been revealed one after another, keeping the pace of the story on the right track and altogether, it was an easy, light and quick read, set in one of the most stunning places ever. I loved the setting of the south France that was so easily brought to life by the author. It was a story about fresh starts, finding your roots, discovering what is really important in your life. It was full of drama, secrets, loss, disappointment and hope.

The Accidental Life Swap by Jennifer Joyce

The Accidental Life Swap by Jennifer Joyce

 

Publisher: HQ Digital 45877609._sy475_

Publishing Date: 1st September 2019

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 384

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

Sometimes one moment can change your life forever…
Rebecca Riley has always been a bit of a pushover. When her glamorous boss, Vanessa, asks her to jump, she doesn’t just ask how high… she asks if her boss would like her to grab a coffee on the way back down!

So whilst overseeing the renovation of Vanessa’s beautiful countryside home, the last thing Rebecca ever expected was to be mistaken for her boss – or that she would even consider going along with it! Far away from the bustling city and her boss’s demanding ways, could she pretend to be Vanessa and swap lives, just for a little while?

Rating:  four-stars

 

Rebecca Riley is a PA at a popular events management company. However, she’s never wanted to be a PA, instead she can see herself organizing events – she’s a hard worker, has a right degree, is a team player and thinks that it really is the highest time for her to be promoted to be Events Manager. But when she finally finds the courage to ask her evil, demanding and overly tanned boss Vanessa for a promotion, it turns out that she has other plans for Rebecca, namely she needs somebody to oversee the renovation of her beautiful property in the countryside, hinting that when Rebecca will give a good account of herself, she may get her desired promotion.
But life has its own ideas. Already on the first day the whole village of Little Heaton mistakes Rebecca for Vanessa. She decides to go along with the charade because she’s sure that the works won’t be done with her – Rebecca – at the helm. Channelling her inner Vanessa, Rebecca starts to make sure the renovations get done in time. But can she do it without being found out? Can’t she do it as Rebecca?

So, this with the whole charade was a bit unbelievable, right? I wanted to shake my head and yell at Rebecca for not giving it up sooner but on the other hand I also completely got it and her choices. She was a bit of a pushover, honestly, wasn’t able to stand for herself, believing she’s smart and brave enough but in the last second loosing all her courage and yes, I usually can’t stand such characters, but this time the author has struck the right balance and made her really likeable. She was meek and indulgent but within the scope, still believable and sympathetic.
She belongs to my favourite characters category, characters that progress throughout the story. She began as a person who does so much for other people, is a bit of a doormat actually, not being able to say boo to a goose let’s not mention to her boss, and receives no acknowledgment, no thank you and guys, yes, it annoyed me on her behalf. I liked the way she was changing, growing in confidence, finding her own voice, reinventing herself.

The romance aspect, the way is develops between the characters, is funny and different, as it blossoms over the love of board games, and I really liked the moments when they were playing them. The attraction between them is palpable and even though you could bet anything on what’s going to happen and how, I still enjoyed it.

I loved the setting of this novel, the picturesque countryside and the descriptions of Vanessa’s home made me want to move or at least to re – decorate my own house. The animal sanctuary was for me a real highlight, with all the animals wandering around and bad – tempered chickens.

The end was for me too rushed and too neat, even though I had a feeling that some of the things weren’t wrapped up completely while the other happened so conveniently and some person experienced a whole change of heart. Yes, it is a bit clichéd, it demands a lot of disbelief, it is predictable but you don’t choose such book for its unpredictability. No, you choose it for a feel – good factor and a few relaxing hours, and this is what I was looking for. I laughed, I cringed and I fell for the characters.

I liked the fact that the story was more than a bit of fluff and mishaps and embarrassing shenanigans – there were moments with much more depth to it than I have expected, touching upon some more serious issues, such as self – confidence, friendship and betrayal, standing up for yourself, giving the book so much needed substance. The writing style is warm and welcoming, chatty and the banter between the characters flows easily and naturally. It was a funny, light – hearted romantic comedy and if you’re looking for an easy, not too demanding read, then grab this book.

Living My Best Li(f)e by Claire Frost

Living My Best Li(f)e by Claire Frost

 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster 45718284._sy475_

Publishing Date: 5th September 2019

Source:  Received from the publisher, thank you!

Number of pages: 368

Genre: Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

~*~ This heart-warming and funny novel is the perfect balm for the Insta-weary mind ~*~
Bell
had it all, the perfect job, the perfect partner, and on their 10th anniversary she thought she would get the ring… But two weeks later, Bell wakes up to find herself still clutching a wine bottle and the memories of Collin saying those dreaded words: ‘We need to talk…’

Determined to get on with her life before she hits 40, Bell starts following ‘inspirational’ people on Instagram. Her favourite lifestyle guru is @mi_bestlife, whose life seems Insta-perfect but if you were to zoom out of the heavily filtered picture, you’d see reality strike.
Millie is a single mother, with a cute son called Wolfie, whose father is absolutely useless and not much on the scene. Instagram and the profile she has built up online is more ‘best lie’ than ‘best life’. It isn’t until Millie and Bell’s paths finally cross that the two women begin to understand what is real and what it is that they really want.

Rating: three-stars

 

“Living My Best Li(f)e” follows the nearly 40 years – old Bell and a little younger Millie. Bell’s relationship of ten years has just fallen apart and she’s in a slump, and seeing the glamorous and wonderful lives of other people in social media obviously doesn’t help. That is, until she meets Millie, who is social media influencer. Her Instagram feed, with photos of her gorgeous son and brilliant clothes, provided with “hashtag blessed”, is unceasingly popular. The two women instantly click and they form a strong friendship.

I’ve been waiting impatiently to read this book and was over the moon the receive my review copy few months ago and started to read it immediately. However, sadly, it turned out that it wasn’t for me. I had a feeling that it simply is a book out of thousands of others, with nothing really special to make it unique. I really liked the concept – we all know we shouldn’t believe in everything we see online but still, we so easily like to get sucked into the glamour of social media – the idea and potential were there but it lacked in development and execution. There were also too many subplots for my liking and none of it was treated with enough depth.

I didn’t warm to the characters, to be honest, not sure why, they just simply didn’t work for me and I didn’t find them too believable. Bell is about to turn 40 and thinks her life is running smoothly, until the moment her boyfriend decides to leave her after many years of being together. Millie is in her mid – thirties and is a single mother, after falling in love with a football star Louis and then realizing that he’s the most unreliable father in the world (but who names their child Wolf?) Millie is also the so – called influencer, showing her followers world full of expensive dresses that she has to return to the shop because she can’t afford them, and lovely photos of Wolf before he throws a tantrum, but nobody must know this, right? There were also background characters, but they were too absent from the story for me to remember them. The friendship between Bell and Millie happened so quickly that I had a feeling that I’ve missed something.

All the sub plots were so easy resolved and things happened very conveniently, and also very unexpectedly, like the problem with the community centre that appeared just like that, out of the blue. The storyline was a rather predictable one however I liked the writing style and the message hidden between the lines.

Nevertheless, it was a heart – warming, uplifting and easily written story with many important topics running through it, touching upon love and hope, heartbreak, bullying, loneliness. However, even with those heavier topics, it still stays a feel good story with a friendship in the background and a feeling of belonging and togetherness. There is also the message in regards to social media, and it’s really nice that the author has picked it as a guiding theme of her debut novel.