A Year of Chasing Love by Rosie Chambers

A Year of Chasing Love by Rosie Chambers

 

Publisher: HQ Digital 50179541._sx318_sy475_

Publishing Date: 6th January 2020

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

Number of pages: 384

Genre: Romance

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Synopsis:

One moment can change a lifetime…

The last thing top divorce lawyer Olivia Hamilton ever expected was to be served her own divorce papers! To escape her marriage troubles, she agrees to go on a year-long trip to find the ultimate guide to love.

Travelling the world, surrounded by stories of love and happiness, it’s not long before her thoughts turn to Nathan, her soon-to-be ex-husband, and she starts to take note of her own lessons in love…

But with Nathan over a thousand miles away, will it be too late?

Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Philippa Ashley and Caroline Roberts.

Rating: three-stars

 

Olivia Hamilton, a top divorce lawyer, is being served with her own divorce papers! At work! Yes, she’s been aware that things are not so rosy in her marriage with Nathan – she’s so focused on her own career that her private life suffers because of it, and well, Nathan might have hinted at the fact that he’d like to be a father sooner rather than later… But divorce? Yes, Olivia is a bit devastated.
But it was only the beginning. Then she’s forced to take a 10 – month sabbatical from work, but what should she do with all this free time? Her best friend Rachel persuades her to go on a research trip for her, visiting countries where divorce rates are low and marriages blossom. Albeit reluctant, but Olivia goes – her journey starts with Malta and takes her to Hawaii, Copenhagen, Singapore and, eventually, Paris. Even if she hasn’t planned it, the journey turns to be a self – reflection for her.

The book started brilliantly, introducing us to the author’s lovely sense of humour and promising story. However, then, for me it only went downhill and the travels were a bit dull for my liking. I was expecting wit and fun and some sassy adventures, whereas what I got was serious in tone and a little wooden tale. And really, almost every single chapter ended with Olivia wondering about Nathan: what would Nathan do, what would he say, do they have a future, is there a second chance for them, Nathan, Nathan, Nathan… It was really eye – role inducing, especially as she did nothing to win him back, just shrugging it off, jumping to conclusions and ending the next chapter wondering what he’s doing and with whom. And honestly, the research conducted by Olivia’s friend Rachel sounded absolutely hooking and refreshing but it didn’t deliver – sadly.

I then couldn’t completely warm to Olivia. I was expecting her to be a ball – breaking (in a positive way, of course), fierce and charming woman but it turned out she’s constantly blaming herself for everything, her marriage collapse, for her colleagues not working in a way she’d like them to, insecure and with little humour. Even though the stories of the background characters didn’t capture me so much, I still found them more colourful and lively than Olivia.

The places Olivia visited were brilliantly chosen, so different to what we usually get to read about in this genre, and visiting them and meeting all the people gave Olivia chance to mull over her own marriage, wondering what to do, try to save it or move on, to re – evaluate her priorities, wonder if real love really exist. The writing style was easy and approaching.

The story touched about the very present vicious circle that so many woman find themselves: society expects them to work as if they didn’t have any children and to raise their children as if they didn’t have to work, putting them for the choice of career or family, not giving them a chance for both. It is an easy and not too demanding charming little story about finding happiness, about second chances and love. I loved the premise, I loved the cover, and I think there was so much potential in this book, but it lacked in execution and delivery. However, I can see that other readers enjoy this book much more, so just try it for yourself, you may fell in love with the story.

The Mothers by Sarah J. Naughton

The Mothers by Sarah J. Naughton

 

Publisher: Trapeze 48222452._sy475_

Publishing Date: 9th January 2020

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

Number of pages: 288

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

 Buy the Book:  Kindle | Paperback (out on 30.04.2020)

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Five Women.

They meet at their NCT Group. The only thing they have in common is they’re all pregnant.

Five Secrets.

Three years later, they are all good friends. Aren’t they?

One Missing Husband.

Now the police have come knocking. Someone knows something.

And the trouble with secrets is that someone always tells.

For fans of Big Little Lies, The Rumour and I Invited Her In, this is first class psychological suspense from the critically acclaimed Sarah J Naughton.

 

Rating: four-stars

Five women, Chrissy, Electra, Skye, Jen and Bella, never would be friends if it weren’t for one thing they have in common – children. They met at a prenatal classes and somehow their friendship remained and they keep meeting at each other’s houses for a drink or two. But can we really call it a friendship? Do they like each other? Will they help each other if, let’s say, Bella’s husband went missing? Because he did, and police investigates, although they don’t seem too worried. Until some other events come to light and they start to dig deeper. What has happened? And do the mothers have anything to do with him missing?

The story jumps between past and present, recalling the events that happened, leading up to the disappearance, and what happened later. It’s more a character driven story but the pace is well enough to keep you hooked to the pages. Now, in retrospect, I think that really, the chapters dedicated to the police investigation didn’t really bring anything new or fresh to the story, but I get it, they had to be there. Nevertheless, we are given a chance for a great insight into the characters’ lives, and into the unusual friendship, and also to all the secrets and lies. Knowing all of those things, of the mothers’ stories in more details, gave us another view, another dimension. But the less you know, the better, you simply have to read the book for yourself!

So we hear each women’s point of view. And believe me, they managed to pull the wool over my eyes. They are not immediately likeable, to be honest, or they don’t become likeable, but I couldn’t help but feeling sympathetic towards them. Nevertheless, they were really well drawn and quickly become real, living and breathing people, with all their biggest or smaller problems and troubles. They are full of flaws but all the same you’ll find yourself rooting for them. Chrissy, Electra, Skye, Jen and Bella couldn’t be more different, even if they tried, but it is this diversity that made them so intriguing and interesting. They simply worked well together, and the friendship, even if they didn’t share a lot in common, seemed real and genuine – maybe because of the fact that they didn’t share a lot in common, that they were honest with their opinions. They were believable and well developed, and written in a way that had you hooked to all of their stories, without singling out one character or the other. Each of the mothers’ voice is distinctive and clear and you don’t forget who you are following.
And really, I couldn’t care less with what has happened with the missing husband – he was such an awful person that whatever would have happened to him, he deserved it. The more I learnt about him, the more convinced was I that Bella would be really better without him, so there.

Somewhere in the middle the book seemed to have lost its impact but the end changed everything. I couldn’t stop chuckling to myself and I wanted to give the women a standing ovation.

It is absolutely not a straightforward and predictable story, oh no, it is full of secrets, lies, betrayals and turns and twists. The author has so cleverly plotted the story, filling it with really normal, natural and human characters and events, creating sometimes witty, sometimes sad and desperate tale of parenthood and friendship, mixing it with the element of mystery. There were many possibilities and scenarios and I liked how the author allowed for this to happen, and even better was the end, so surprising and actually funny, but moreover, hugely satisfying.

“The Mothers” is a slow but cleverly plotted book, refreshing and a bit different. It touches about friendship, betrayal, hope and the human side of each of us. It is so much more than only a case of a missing husband. It explores relationships and hardships, ups and downs of everyday life and it was so cleverly constructed, letting us to slowly peel back all the layers throughout a compelling story full of secrets and lies. Truly recommended!

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

 

Publisher: Viking 45837015._sy475_

Publishing Date: 20th February 2020

Source:  Received from the publisher, thank you!

Number of pages: 368

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)

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Synopsis:

A heart-wrenching, life-affirming novel about a 12-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash

One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 216 passengers aboard: among them a Wall Street millionaire; a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons. When the plane suddenly crashes in a field in Colorado, the younger of these boys, 12-year-old Edward Adler, is the sole survivor.

Dear Edward recounts the stories of the passengers aboard that flight as it hurtles toward its fateful end, and depicts Edward’s life in the crash’s aftermath as he tries to make sense of the loss of his family, the strangeness of his sudden fame, and the meaning of his survival. As Edward comes of age against the backdrop of sudden tragedy, he must confront one of life’s most profound questions: how do we make the most of the time we are given?’

Rating: five-stars

 

Eddie’s family is moving from New York to Los Angeles, boarding flight 2977 with other, almost two hundred, passengers.
The plane crashes.
191 people, including Eddie’s family, die. Eddie survives. At the tender age of 12, Edward must learn how to come to terms with his grief and loss of his mother, father and brother. As a sole survivor, he becomes the centre of public interest. He goes to live in New Jersey with his Aunt Lacey, who also grieves after the lost of her sister, and his Uncle John, who wants to protect him from any harm. He also has to come to terms with going to a new school, with so many new situations – his greatest solace is a friendship with Shay, a girl of his own age living in a home next to his, and the most beautiful friendship develops.

I usually write long reviews but this book, well, sometimes less is more. Sometimes you simply have to go into the novel with open mind and open soul, and it is this kind of book, a tale that you need to read yourself, and I don’t want to spoil this beautiful reading experience for you. It is a book that you want to read again like for the first time, not knowing how exceptional it is.

The characters, even though I found myself not liking all of them, were very well developed and well, you just get so used to them throughout the story, and you can’t help but grieve for them. There is a soldier on his way home, a pregnant woman hoping for her boyfriend to propose, a dying tycoon, a woman fleeing her old life… They all have hopes, plans, background stories and they all left behind people loving them. I loved how the author gave us insight into their personalities as well, focusing not only on Edward’s grief and sadness but also on their individual stories telling us why they found themselves on the flight.

I think it was double as moving and touching because of the fact that Edward was such a young boy, to young to be weighed down by such grief, loss and also guilt. The enormity of the situation, of his feelings and emotions is often unendurable by an adult, and what about a young boy? You know that I often have problems with child – narrators, they often don’t work for me as their voices and personalities seem often too childish or too grown but this time Edward was a perfect narrator. His emotional struggles, and the burden of his survivor’s guilt are really well captured and the author deals with them in a compassionate and age – appropriated way.

Edward’s grief was heart – breaking, particularly the moments when he thought about his older brother Jordan, with whom he shared such a special bond. You won’t be able not to think how you would feel in Edward’s situation – it is easy but also really hard to imagine: I couldn’t imagine losing my whole family but I could imagine how I would feel without them, and so it doesn’t take long to fell for Edward, to feel his pain.

It was a heart – breaking, emotional and beautifully, almost lyrically, written tale that will tug at your heartstrings and will stay with you for a long time. It was full of sadness but also filled with hope and survival, friendship and caring, and seeing so many kind characters truly restore my hope in humanity. Highly recommended!

 

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It Started with a Secret by Jill Mansell / Blog Tour

It Started with a Secret by Jill Mansell

 

Publisher: Headline 41q0abrxgrl._sx325_bo1204203200_

Publishing Date: 23rd January 2020

Source:  Received from the publisher, thank you!

Number of pages: 416

Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction

 Buy the Book:  Kindle | Hardcover | Paperback (out on 11.06.2020)

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Jill’s Mansell’s heart-warming new book is the feel-good novel of 2020. A beautiful Cornish setting, a chaotic family in need of loving care, a woman who’s had enough of romance – or has she? Not to be missed by readers of Katie Fforde and Millie Johnson.

When Lainey’s latest romance goes pear-shaped – she thought it was for ever; he thought it was just for now – she decides enough is enough. Whoever said it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all really didn’t know what they were talking about. And so, when she starts her new job helping out a chaotic family in Cornwall, she is definitely Not Interested in her boss’s step-son Seth, however attractive he might be (that’s Very Attractive, as it happens). Especially as Seth has a perfectly delightful girlfriend. But Lainey hasn’t been entirely honest about her life, and Seth’s not quite what he seems either. When everyone has something to hide, it’s complicated! And yet love does have a habit of finding a way…

Rating: five-stars

 

Lainey and her best friend Kit find themselves out of work. Having been working at the chateau in France, they are now returning to England, hoping to find a new job. This is when Lainey spots an ad for a couple to run a home in an idyllic and beautiful seaside village of St Carys in Cornwall. Desperate to get this position, they pretend to be a couple in love and indeed, they get it, helping now a brilliantly chaotic family that consists of Sir Richary Myles, a well know and now retired actor, his daughter – in – law Majella, her three kids, two dogs, and Seth, her stepson. And while Lainey is not looking for a new relationship, can it be that there are sparks flying between her and Seth? But Seth believes she’s in relationship with Kit… Oh, if only she hasn’t lied at the beginning…

I have read and enjoyed all Jill Mansell’s books and I now I can’t imagine a January without her new release. I know I’m in a pair of safe hands when starting Ms Mansell’s novel. Actually, I’ve read this book almost in one sitting, and yes, it was also because my review copy arrived realllllly late and I had to be quick to be ready for my blog tour stop, but also because this book was a real joy.

As usual, the author introduces us to a bunch of such brilliant and vivid characters! Even if at the beginning you may wonder what they may have in common, are they so significant to each other, you then learn that they all fill a purpose and you get a perfectly satisfying and neatly wrapped up end. However, before it happens, be prepared for a wonderful rollercoaster journey, full of twists and turns – as nothing is straightforward in this story.

I quickly grew fond of the characters and found myself really caring about them, and this is always a sign of really well written cast. Lainey was an absolutely smashing leading heroine, there was something special in her, and she had this incredible talent to feel well and comfortable not only in her own skin but also in every single place and around all people. She was easy – going, had a great relationship with every single member of the family and she was so sensitive that she always knew when somebody had a secret or was in troubles, bringing out the best in each person. She was kind, quirky and bubbly, full of life and it is impossible not to like her from the very beginning.
I loved the way Seth was written – not at all straightforward, there was so much more to him than met the eye, and behind this mysterious personality he’s been hiding a huge heart. He was honest, charming and always fair and I really liked him. And Majella, oh my word, Majella and her dating disasters were absolutely brilliant, finally some dates that felt original, fresh and naturally funny. And let’s not forget Richard, charismatic, incredibly funny with a huge community of loyal fans hoping to get a glimpse of him.

It was a wonderful and bright story, this time a little bit more light – hearted than Jill Mansell’s previous novels – yes, also touching about some more serious matters but I think that overall the tone was simply lighter, and I enjoyed this fact immensely. Next to the lightness and humour there are also some more poignant, deeper, soul – searching moment and events and the author has balanced them perfectly.

“It Started with a Secret” is a fast – paced story that flows effortlessly and feels so natural. The writing style is colourful, vivid and chatty and I immediately felt at home with the storyline and the book is so readable, if it makes sense? The plot is interesting and unique, and feels like a breath of fresh air, and even though there are plenty of characters (charming characters, let me add) it is so easy to keep on track with all of them. I enjoyed it from start to finish, but I didn’t expect to be different, and I can easily assure you – go, buy the book and thank me later for recommendation! It’s a gorgeous gem of a book!

 

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A Messy Affair by Elizabeth Mundy

A Messy Affair by Elizabeth Mundy

 

Publisher: Constable 49621418._sy475_

Publishing Date: 2nd February 2020

Series: Lena Szarka Mysteries #3

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

Number of pages: 400

Genre: Mystery

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Synopsis:

The only way is murder…

Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, is forced to brush up on her detective skills for a third time when her cousin Sarika is plunged into danger.

Sarika and her reality TV star boyfriend Terry both receive threatening notes. When Terry stops calling, Lena assumes he’s lost interest. Until he turns up. Dead. Lena knows she must act fast to keep her cousin from the same fate.

Scrubbing her way through the grubby world of reality television, online dating and betrayed lovers, Lena finds it harder than she thought to discern what’s real – and what’s just for the cameras.

Rating: three-stars

 

Lena Szarka is a full – time cleaner in London, very prone to land herself in situations that end with crime. This time it’s about her cousin Sarika’s boyfriend, Terry Tibs, who is also a reality TV star. He’s found dead in a hotel room, in very suspicious circumstances, and Lena has to put all of her detective skills to good use in order to find out what has happened to Terry.

The main character Lena was really well written. I liked the way she was, ambitious, observant, calm and level – headed. She took pride in her work and always took great care to be there for her clients, to accommodate all their quirks and wishes, often having to use her crime – solving talents at the same time. I admired her talents for getting the information that she needed, and not only because she was a cleaner, and yes, people tend not to notice cleaners, but she was also clever and was able to draw conclusions.

This is the third book in the series and even though I haven’t read the two previous ones, and even though you could immediately tell that the characters’ have their background, their past and that they had some adventures together, it was easy to get into the heart of the story. I think it was because of the lovely, wry and down – to – earth writing style that is also easy to get along with. Elizabeth Mundy’s writing is incredibly vivid, chatty and the descriptions are rich and eloquent without over – powering you with its eloquence.

It was a lovely, comfortable and cosy read but I needed more from it, more depth, complexity and challenge. The author has added some twists and turns but they were not of life – changing quality and altogether the book was for me more cosy than complex. Sure, it kept me guessing but not in that desperate way, I didn’t have to know immediately who and why. It was probably because of the supporting characters that were not as deep as I’d like them, and the stories surrounding them felt a bit too easy. And I couldn’t stand Lena’s cousin, I’m sorry, but this character has mostly ruined the book for me – a whingy, egoistic and self – centred girl that thought the whole world should run around her. Altogether, “A Messy Affair” was an enjoyable, easy read that made me curious about the whole series. It was quirky, refreshing and had an memorable heroine.

The Neighbours by Nicola Gill

The Neighbours by Nicola Gill

 

Publisher: Avon 47552712._sy475_

Publishing Date: 6th February 2020

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

Number of pages: 400

Genre: General Fiction, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

Meet Ginny, 34, and Cassie, 55. Neighbours, and (very) unlikely friends.

Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four and rent a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Newly single and jobless, Ginny Taylor is certain her life can’t get any worse. But then she encounters her downstairs neighbour for the very first time…

Cassie Frost was a once-loved actress, but after a recent mishap she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job – but can she be persuaded to work for the uber-difficult, excessively prickly woman that lives below her floorboards?

Ginny and Cassie are two very different women, but they have a lot more in common than they’d care to imagine (or admit). And when their worlds finally collide, they realise that sometimes – just sometimes – bad neighbours become good friends…

A funny, honest and moving exploration of life, love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties… and beyond. Perfect for fans of Holly Bourne, Beth O’Leary and Sarah Haywood’s The Cactus.

Rating:  three-stars

 

Ginny Taylor is almost sure that her on – again – off – again boyfriend Jack is finally ready to commit. But then she finds him in bed with her own boss. Now she’s not only single but also jobless.
Ginny’s neighbour Cassie Frost used to be a popular and well loved actress but it’s all in the past now. The recent stint on reality TV portrayed her really badly so she desperately needs a positive PR. Her neighbour Ginny is a publicist, so maybe those two can help each other?

The story is told from Ginny’s point of view but also going deep into other characters’ issues. However, even though Ginny was the main heroine, I think I could better connect with Cassie – she was simply more 3 – dimensional than Ginny, and she was strong, determined and had a passion, even when she was at the weakest point. Ginny, on the other hand, seemed too flat, too whinge-y and I somehow cannot warm to her completely. She made some really crappy decisions, I didn’t get her choices and altogether we couldn’t be friends, me and Ginny, even though I have a soft spot for characters with this name. But I liked the unlikely friendship that developed between the women, the way they embarked on life, life full of ups and downs, facing up to all the challenges. It is a story of two women, with rather ordinary lives, but this made them more believable and likeable, even though one of the character’s was an actress you could relate to them.

I loved the beginning of this book. It was funny, light – hearted and intriguing. But the more I read, the less hooking the book was coming. I started to have a feeling that it doesn’t know in which direction it wants to take us – there were many ideas, the author touched upon many issues but it felt underdeveloped and chopped. The main character wanted to befriend a neighbour? Done – chop. The main character didn’t want her boyfriend? Done – chop. The issues of depression? Chop. Short romance? Chop. Main character suddenly wants a baby? And then chop and it’s time for another issue.

The overall feeling that I got from this book was of sadness, darkness and depression. Actually, I was surprised at the change of tone, as the beginning was rather light, witty and engaging, and then, suddenly, the darkness came and where I was looking for light – hearted humour, I didn’t find any. And after that, it takes a bit of time to get into the heart of the story, as it seems a little disjointed and unstructured. It is a book with more depth than you expect, telling a story of the unlikely friendship, of growing to see the important things in life, also dealing with some heavier issues such as depression, showing the characters’ personal development. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting but it seems to be an issue lately, however it was still an enjoyable enough book.

My Great Ex – Scape by Portia MacIntosh

My Great Ex – Scape by Portia MacIntosh

 

Publisher: Boldwood Books 48642327._sy475_

Publishing Date: 16th January 2020

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

Number of pages: 278

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

What if your future was somewhere in your past?

Rosie Jones has been dumped by every boyfriend she’s ever had – most recently by Dinosaur Dave, live on TV, during the ‘phone-a-friend’ segment of a quiz show.
After the footage goes viral Rosie receives a bunch of flowers with a message:

I love you, I should have never let you go, I want you back x

But who sent them?

At a loose end and with £50,000 prize money in her back pocket, Rosie decides to take a trip down memory lane, visiting each of her ex-boyfriends to see not just if they are the one who sent the flowers but if they are the one.

Her journey takes her back to the house she grew up in and on a transatlantic cruise to New York, but can Rosie figure out which ex-boyfriend is the love of her life, or should the past stay in the past?

Rating: three-stars

 

After winning a lot of money and being dumped by her boyfriend on live TV at the same time, Rosie’s big moment goes further – it’s not only shared on the internet but she also finds a bunch of flowers on her doorstep. There is only a message telling “I love you. I should never have let you go. I want you back”. Rosie assumes the flowers are from Dave, the one who humiliated her on TV. But they’re not. Are they from one of her other ex – boyfriends? She decides to embark on an adventure of finding out who has sent the flowers – and she’s not doing it alone but with her parents and one of her exes who has turned out gay, on a cruise to New York.

There was a lot of potential in this novel and I am surprised that Portia MacIntosh has allowed her story to feel so unfinished, so under – developed. Yes, it was a light – hearted, easy read but lacking in execution. And again, the publisher doesn’t help, advertising the book as a “laugh – out – loud romantic comedy” while there is little romance and little comedy, to be honest.

The first three exes are really quickly discounted and the main focus of the story switches to Rosie on the cruise ship, and I thought, why? Why so quickly? Portia, gimme more! Some more info on them, some gory details maybe, why give the last two a better chance?
I also didn’t understand the Rosie’s desperation to reconnect with her ex so much. Why? Yes, she got a bouquet of flowers (once again, why? I didn’t get it, why to send flowers without telling who has sent them, I mean, when you really want to win your ex back, then at least bite the bullet and write they’re from you), but there is a reason that your ex is your ex, no? And Rosie was extremely, I repeat, extremely focused on reconnecting with her exes. Why, Rosie, why? Are you so desperate to have a man on your side, or you really doesn’t know what to do with your life? Are you bored? The author didn’t really sell this idea to me. And let’s be honest, we all know Portia MacIntosh, we know how funny her books can be, and this one has left me feeling so lukewarm and disappointed that I didn’t find this promised and expected fun.

The reason why I didn’t warm to Rosie so completely is probably because I simply didn’t understand her desire to reconnect with all her ex – boyfriends. However, altogether, she was a brilliant character – relatable, liking her food and not fussing about her weight (finally! What a lovely change!), not knowing what to do with her life. I rather liked how clueless she was, almost in all aspects of her life, it was actually funny and not annoying, which is already a good thing. She really had a big heart and was a kind person, and really, you had to like her after she was so brave to shake off the humiliation, behaving as if nothing has happened – and it was also great. Instead of wallowing in self – pity, Rosie simply takes herself on an adventure – most of the story is set on a cruise ship, which I liked very much, especially, as it turned out, it was not your usual cruise – ship, and Rosie and Eli were actually the youngest guests on board, which led to some of the most awkward scenes.

The pace of the story is rather slow. There are some scenes that lightened the whole tone, bringing the long awaited humour and smile. And while the author’s sense of humour is absolutely my kind of sense of humour, this time it felt a bit too forced, as if she tried too hard. Overall, it was a light and easy read, with some witty scenes and some great ideas. It’s not a bad book by any means, it’s just not Portia MacIntosh’s best.