Synopsis: Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she’s been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it’s really okay. She’s happy (ish).
So it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.
Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams… do they?
Kat’s Rating: 5/5
Kat’s Review: I’ve had this review copy on my Kindle for a while and finally got round to reading it, and boy am I glad I did. This looks to be Giovanna’s third book and I can tell you for sure I will be certainly getting the other 2 to read before too long. The synopsis sounds bog standard for this genre (sorry to sound mean, but you know what I mean) so I wasn’t expecting this deliciously funny book to captivate me as much as it did!
Sarah is trundling along okay, but that’s it…just okay. Her ex-boyfriend Dan is still part of her group of friends along with his new girlfriend she named ‘Perfect’ Lexie. She has a mediocre job working as a PA and a bog standard neurotic mother. What instantly hit me about this book is the charming reality of it. As a (clears throat) late thirty something woman this pressed all the right buttons on the humour scale for me. Sarah is nothing if not funny. In the early part of the book we get taken along for the ride when she dreams of a night. That in itself is funny to read about, because as we all know dreams are a jumbled mess of ridiculous circumstances!
The story unfolds nicely as Sarah is forced into a situation where she realises she wants a promotion and the hoops she needs to go through make for some fantastic scenes. Sarah’s dreams involve an acquaintance from her University days and when he shows up in real life it makes her behaviour even funnier. It’s really difficult to go into too much detail because the unfolding of the story is part of the beauty of this book. What’s even better is that it’s so normal and familiar feeling. A group of friends whose weekly meet up for the pub quiz becomes something so intense you would think they were playing for millions.
Finally, the absolute best part of this book for me was some of the dialogue and conversations between Sarah and her friend Carly. Don’t get me wrong there were some sad and poignant moments in this book, but for me the humour absolutely smashed all that out of the park. There is one particular scene I read THREE times, where Sarah is getting ready for a Works do. It had me laughing harder with each time I read it. I thoroughly loved this book and though it was a near on perfect read! Bravo Giovanna, I look forward to the next one! This is definitely a ‘One To Watch’ author.