Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publishing Date: 16th November 2017
Source: Received from publisher in return for an honest review, thank you!
Number of pages: 389
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Literature/Fiction (Adult)
Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since their first day at university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged. A romantic escape to Dubai is the perfect moment, but instead of the proposal Lizzy hopes for, Ian reveals he’s not sure he even wants her anymore.
Lizzy is heartbroken. But through the tears, she realises this is her chance to seize the opportunities she missed as Ian’s other half. But what does she want? How much of her is really Lizzy, and how much was Ian’s influence? Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and in the meantime, have a little fun . . .
In “Some Kind of Wonderful” we meet Lizzie, who’s been with Ian for ages – that is, since Uni, and the only thing that she misses is proposal and a wedding. On a trip to Dubai Lizzie is convinced that Ian is finally going to propose – however, as the popular saying goes, tell God about your plans and he will laugh, and indeed, the opposite happens and, devastated, she flies back home as a single woman. She needs now to come to terms with this totally new situation, to lick her wounds and to find herself afresh.
What I liked in the story was the fact that it was not about desperately finding a man and feeling complete with him at your side but about a journey from being a part of a couple for as long as Lizzie remembers to discovering what it is she really loves in her life. Perhaps the delivery was the problem here, as the story didn’t really keep my attention, and Lizzie herself was not so easy to immediately like – for me at least. I understand you can’t pick yourself up just like that, recover and just go on after such an unexpected break – up, that you need time to bounce back but Lizzie was mostly acting like a child and not an adult. However yes, as the book progresses, Lizzie became much more likeable and endearing woman and in the end she started to feel like a friend to me.
I also had problems with the other characters, and especially Lizzie’s sister Michelle – I know all about the sibling’s rivalry and so on but there is rivalry and there is a spite and such a love – hate relationships between siblings just don’t work for me in books, I’m sorry. However, I did like the ending for example, maybe usually I’m not a great fan of open endings but this time it worked really well and I’d love to hear what options did Lizzie choose for herself.
This book was written with a light humour and it was easy to read and light – hearted. It was comfortable and cosy, and you don’t always need great dramas in the books. However, as much as I like Giovanna’s lovely and gentle writing style, there was just too much of unnecessary details and not enough concentrating on the main plot points. But it was a book, that ticks all the boxes for a nice, lighter read, with enough substance and a lot of potential.
Altogether, it was an easy and relaxing read that – unfortunately – won’t stay with me for longer. It was not complicated and the pace was slow – the first half of the book was about Lizzie trying to come to terms with what happened and the second half was about Lizzie trying to redefine herself, to find herself anew and outside of a relationship. You read the book, and read it, waiting for something special to happen, and before you realize that there is nothing special, you’ve already finished the story. Giovanna’s other novel “you’re the One that I Want” stays absolutely my favourite book by her, it just seems to me that there is something holding her back from writing another such lovely book, but I am sure that fans of this author are going to adore “Some Kind of Wonderful”.