Synopsis: When the love of your life says you’re not The One, who are you?
Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged.
Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future.
Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ideal ‘better half’.
But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him?
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 . . .
Kat’s Rating: 5/5
Kat’s Review: Well I have to say this is a bit of a departure from the normal Giovanna Fletcher writing style but one that I absolutely loved. Lizzy has been with Ian since Uni and she has their whole lives planned out, even if it is only in her imagination. When they go on a trip to Dubai Lizzy is convinced that this is ‘it’. Instead she finds herself at the polar opposite of where she thought she would be and flies home a single woman. This throws her and she returns to her Mum’s house to lick her wounds and find out who she really is.
The reason I say this is a departure is that it doesn’t follow suit with some of her other fabulous books where everything is wrapped up neatly by the end. This isn’t about Lizzy finding the man of her dreams which will fix everything, it’s about her journey from being part of a couple to suddenly re-discovering what she likes to do and the things she wants from life.
All of the additional characters were brilliant in this book especially her friendship with her friend Connie. Then there is her very funny sister Michelle, her Mum and husband, her Dad and a whole fleet of other people who pass through. This truly was a fantastic read if only because I think it will resonate with so many people. It’s been written with humour and love throughout without the condescending tone that some books manage to spill out. It was a sheer joy to read and I loved every page of it. Although I absolutely loved her other type of books such as Billy & Me this really was a brilliant book. The icing on the cake was the ending where it’s not all wrapped up and the options for Lizzy are limitless, bravo Giovanna!
Synopsis: Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben – best man and the best friend any two people ever had.
And that’s the problem.
Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?
Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it…
Kat’s Rating: 4/5
Kat’s Review: I have really loved all of Giovanna’s previous books and decided that I would give this one a try as it was sat on my unread pile of books. The book opens with Maddy as she walks down the aisle towards her future groom. We then take a huge step back to Maddy as a young child. The story revolves around her lifelong friendship with Ben and Robert. The story switches characters between chapters as we see the three friends start their blossoming friendship as young children. I loved the early days as we see them go from young children to teenagers.
What starts as a friendship becomes much more than that as we see Maddy, Ben and Robert fall in love. Yes you read that correctly. Maddy dates Robert and life seems perfect. With Robert at one side of her and hers and Roberts other best friend Ben at their side they have the world at their feet. As the story progresses we see Ben with his unflinching loyalty to his two friends suppress his real feelings about Maddy. The journey we are taken on is certainly one that captured me, however I wasn’t really sure where I stood with what Maddy should do. Maybe that was part of this story that is meant to drag you in. Real life isn’t as simple or cut and dried as it seems.
I certainly read the book quickly enough and I certainly enjoyed it. However in all honesty had the ending not been so surprising and brilliant I may have given it the middle of the road 3/5 rating. With the ending written as it was, I enjoyed it and felt like we had taken the complete journey with these three characters. As ever Fletcher’s wring flows beautifully and is easy to fall into, however it’s not quite as good as some of her other books I have read. I will still asd ever immensley look forward to any of her new releases.
Synopsis: Sophie’s got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of.
But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.
And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them.
Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . .
Kat’s Review:I quickly realised when reading the synopsis that you really needed to read Billy & Me which was released in 2013. I quickly rectified that and as I enjoyed it so much I was keen to get going with this sequel. I was so pleased that I did as I really enjoyed it! This can certainly be read as a standalone, but is so much more enjoyable having the back story of these two. Billy and Sophie when we last left them had settled into life in a rural countryside setting in Kent and when we return things seem about as perfect as you could ask for. However, when Billy arranges a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, Sophie realises things are going to be chaotic once again!
Billy’s parents and siblings are not what I expected and although Sophie is made to feel welcome she soon realises she is a little out of her depth when it comes to understanding the sort of fame and life that Billy has over there. When Billy is offered the chance to stay on a while, she realises that the distance between them will be the biggest test for their relationship. As Sophie returns to the UK and her little tea shop, she realises that the distance isn’t the only thing that will pose a problem (but I will say no more on that front).
The story flows well and I loved both Billy’s family as well as the return of all the villagers in Sophie’s home town. There were also some old fashioned elements in this story such as the decision for Billy and Sophie to go back to some of the old traditions and write to each other. The book picks up pace as both Sophie and Billy are pushed to the limits whilst desperately trying to make things work. There were certain things that felt a little unfinished and in all honesty I was surprised we didn’t get more insight into Billy’s family’s characters. That aside, this is an easy read with characters I really like and as such I thought it was a great sequel.
Synopsis: Sophie May has a secret.
One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.
But then Sophie unexpectedly meets the gorgeous Billy Buskin – a famous actor with ambitions to make it to the top. As they begin to grow closer, Sophie finds herself whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.
After years of shying away from attention, can Sophie handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? How much is she prepared to give up along the way? And is their love strong enough to keep them together against the odds?
Kat’s Review: I really enjoyed Dream a Little Dream and was looking forward to reading another book by Fletcher. This one sounded a little more ‘pat and predictable’ however I never let things like that sway me before I have read a book so I got started. Sophie May lives in a very small village. The village seems like a very quaint (if not small and gossipy) type of village and I could just picture it in my mind. Sophie didn’t venture to University or travelling the world but chose to stay close to her mum and ends up working in the local Tea Shop run by Molly. Sophie is an easy character to read although at times she irritated me with her lack of confidence and ‘head in the sand’ attitude. That aside the interaction between her and the wonderful character Molly was fabulous and I think in some was Molly adds to the charm of both the village and the tea shop.
When a film set rolls up to film in the village Sophie has no idea who the cute guy is that has appeared in the tea shop and it doesn’t take long for them to start a relationship. It turns out that Billy Buskin is a famous actor and Sophie has no idea what she is letting herself in for. The story follows Sophie’s journey as she transitions into Billy’s world even leaving the village and moving down to London. There are a few threads to the story but it really does give a great insight into the ‘other side’ of the celebrity lifestyle.
The book was so easy to read and although predictable at times thoroughly enjoyable. I liked it when Sophie started to stick up for herself, albeit through grief rather than a backbone but it still made for a better more likeable girl. We see the battles Billy and Sophie face and the second half of the story I read in just on sitting. This is certainly an easy read and one that will leave you with a smile on your face. Not quite as good as Dream a Little Dream but still a great read, and one that leaves me wondering what next for Billy and Sophie. Luckily for me the latest book featuring these two was released this year so I am moving straight on to ‘Always With Love’.
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.