“ Author: Lindsey Kelk / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 07 June 2012 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers / Title: I Heart London / ISBN 13: 9780007462278 / ISBN 10: 0007462278 „
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I Heart London is the fourth book in the 'I Heart' series by British author Lindsey Kelk. The book was released in the United Kingdom in 2012 and so is very recent. The book is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £3.85 which I think is good value for money.
The main character in this book is Angela; a young British woman who is currently living in New York and working as a journalist. In this book she is back in London getting ready to get married to Alex, her hot rock-star fiance. Will she go through with the wedding? Will her British best friend and American best friend get on? Read I Heart London to find out.
I like Angela as she is a very likeable and down to earth character who you just cannot dislike. I find her really easy to relate to and I think that the fact that she seems like your best friend is what makes the book more enjoyable. I found Angela's British best friend Louisa to be really annoying in this book and I also found her American best friend Jenny to be annoying as well; the two are total opposites and yet they both annoyed me.
The book is very well written. Lindsey Kelk is one of my favourite authors and I have read all of the books in this series (as well as her other books which are not part of this series). She has such an amazing way with words; her descriptive writing is just spot on and I love how she makes you feel as though you are really there with the characters. I enjoyed seeing London through Angela's eyes. I really felt as though I was there.
I found the book to be really addictive; I just could not get enough of it. I also loved the fact that the book is really fast paced and so the story doesn't really hang around for long. The book makes great easy reading as is it just so easy to get into. I did think that some parts were a little predictable although it certainly didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. It's a great girlie read by one of my favourite authors.
I have read the other books in the series (I Heart New York, I Heart Hollywood and I Heart Paris) and even though I think that it is probably a good idea to read them in order, I do not think that it matters too much if you read this book without having read the others as it is still pretty easy to 'get'. I think it's great that the author mentions certain things in the story so that new readers can 'get' whats going on, whilst at the same time she doesn't make it too repetitive for readers who have already read the other books.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book!
Thanks for reading!
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I Heart London
Lindsey Kelk. She is a British writer who now lives in New York. She has written a number of books including: the I Heart series, The Single Girls to do list as well as the short story Jenny Lopez has a bad week. She also has a column in Marie Claire and blogs about fashion, make-up and her life. Her new book About A Girl is out this summer and the much anticipated I Heart Christmas is to be released in December this year.
Angela. The loveable main character. She's a British journalist living in New York. She loves to shop, despite the fact that most of the time she has zero money or ruins her purchases (think Marc Jacobs Satchel in a water fountain). She's engaged to rockstar heart throb Alex Reid. He's cute, funny, loves the socks of Angela and is many women's latest fictional crush, mine included. Jenny is Angela's best friend in New York. She's gorgeous, full of life and wants to be the next Oprah. Sometimes after one too many cocktails, or a surprise glimpse of her ex befriend, she can turn into a bit of a crazy bitch. And there is Louisa. The English best friend, who has know Angela for most of her life. They grew up together and shared many drunken nights at university. She's a new mum, married and is very, very different to Jenny.
So Angela and Alex are officially engaged. Wedding plans are non-existent. So when Angela's mum invites her back to England for her birthday party, no good excuse can come quick enough. Angela, Jenny and Alex head of to sunny Great Britannia. Here America meets England. And all does not go accordingly. Louisa and Jenny hate each other, bickering at every opportunity. Angela is terrified of Louisa's new baby, although Alex is a natural. Her parents. Well they are her parents. Grilling Alex at every opportunity and making the couple sleep in separate rooms. But when Angela's mum suggests that the wedding should be in England all hell breaks loose. What's more Angela has a very important work meeting to attend. And there is the likes of her ex-fiancee Mark. The cheating scum bag who wet met in the first book. What could gone wrong?
As an avid fan of Lindsey Kelk and the whole I Heart Series, I was extremely excited when I first read this book. We all know that Angela is from London, and now finally we get to see exactly what she was running from, or more importantly who. I was excited at the prospect of Alex meeting her family and her friends. Which did not disappoint. He was charming. They were judging. Totally relatable in every way. One thing that I was a little disappointed in was the fact that Louisa and Jenny did not get along straight away. I know they are both different characters, but I would have loved then to meet first time, and fall straight into gossiping and shopping happily together. But I suppose that would have been a little too good to be true. What I also loved is seeing London and England properly through Angela's eyes. Kelk has such a way with words when describing the sights of say Paris and Hollywood, that I couldn't wait to see how she would approach London. All in all it was a brilliant read. The drama, the characters, everything was perfect. I just can't wait for the next one.
**Where to get it**
This book can be brought from a number of places:
Amazon: £4.79 (Kindle Edition: £2.99)
The Book Depository: £7.59
I downloaded this book for my Kindle a little while ago when it was on promotion. I had read a number of positive reviews about the "I heart..." series and was interested to find out more for myself. 'I Heart London' is the latest in the series, published summer 2012.
The main character is Angela Clark who is living in New York and is engaged to musician Alex. Alex has not met her family yet, so it is decided that they will go back to London for Angela's mum's 60th birthday. Angela and her family and friends have appeared in the previous books of the series (see below). I have not read any of the previous books and didn't feel I was missing anything by reading this one. Obviously you will lose some character development as certain parts of Angela's life occurred in previous books, but for this particular story, it wasn't a concern.
This book sits within the chick-lit genre. Don't let that put you off. Within any genre there are great books and poorly written 'pulp' books churned out to meet a demand. For me this is at the upper end of the spectrum. It most certainly won't be the greatest book you have ever read but fills my chick lit check boxes: a realistic heroine; a generous dash of comedy and a smattering of romance.
I don't want to spoil the plot (such as it is) but let's just say that Angela is right to approach the forthcoming trip nervously. Not only does she have a lot on her plate career wise, but she finds living with her mum again difficult. As a character, Angela reminds me of that other chick-lit 'heroine' Becky Bloomwood from Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. Both are normal ladies who manage to get themselves into various pickles, mainly unintentionally. I like Angela as I find her relatable. She isn't a glamazon with shiny hair and a figure to die for. She is clumsy, and has a tendency to drink too much when out with her friends, much like me. Admittedly I don't have a successful musician boyfriend, but I did once go out with a guy who played the clarinet in the school orchestra.... As with most books of this type, it is not about the ending, so much as the journey there, and Angela's is certainly eventful and entertaining.
The author is Lindsey Kelk, who I had heard of but had not read before. She is a British author who lives in New York. I do like the fact that she is British and there are lots of very British things mentioned, such as when her American friend discovers penguin biscuits. The humour is very British too. I would not hesitate to give another of her books a read.
I thoroughly recommend this book for chick-lit fans, especially if you like Sophie Kinsella or similar. I realise this isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea but if you like your chick lit books to have a comedy element rather than a serious romance, then this is the book to go for. It makes a great light read for a holiday or long-journey or antithesis for a more worthy tome that you are finding hard going.
The series in order:
I heart New York
I heart Hollywood
I heart Paris
I heart Las Vegas
I heart London
I paid 99p on offer for my Kindle version but is can be £2.99 or thereabouts normally, with the paperback selling for £4.17 on Amazon from new (RRP £7.99).
I throughly enjoyed this book, although it was annoying in parts. (More later!)
What I liked about the book was how easy it was to get into the story. The main characters seem so real and best of all, likeable.
The plot of the book was as I expected and what I thought would happen, happened. Besides this, I still enjoyed reading all about it from Angela's point of view. The ending was what I hoped would happen and it was written beautifully, so much so I actually felt happy for Angela and Alex.
I liked the descriptions of London and seeing it through Angela's eyes after her spending time away from home. I also liked how attached to New York she was, considering it her home. (This made me want to hop on a plane and start my own adventures in NY.) I also loved reading about Cici and was cackling to myself when I read that part. (Got to love it when what goes around, comes around!)
However, I did have some problems with this book. I did find Jenny to be rather annoying in parts, with her behaviour verging on downright childish at times. I did think this in the previous installment, but I found her a joy to read about when she was back to her usual fabulous self.
I also found Mark's character to be somewhat lacking, but I am not sure if this was intentional on Kelk's part. I thought that he was so needy and pathetic. Not at all likeable. The final thing that nagged me a little bit was how badly Angela's gorgeous handbag kept getting described! I know it is such a random thing to be annoyed by, but I mean, it's a designer handbag! It's not a £3 Primark Special.
Anyway, besides that, I did enjoy the book and read it all in one day - reading a few pages when I had a moment to spare. I'm hoping there will be another one, but I can't help but feel that this might be it for Angela now. I will definitely read any future books by Lindsey Kelk.
I am a huge fan of Lindsey Kelk and I have loved every one of her books. I have eagerly been waiting to read her newest release I Heart London but with so many books lined up to review it was taking a back seat. After reading Fifty Shades of Grey I was eager to get back to my chick lit and so I decided to go down town and pick up my copy of I Heart London which was easily recognised on the shelf by its fantastic cover.
Angela and Jenny are back with a bang. After a phone call from Angela's mum demanding she returns to London with Alex for her birthday Angela has no choice but to return to London but lucky for us she has Jenny in toe! Angela finds it very unsettling being back in her home town she has changed so much through the previous four books that she no longer sees London as home. It's not long before her meddling mother is pushing Angela into something that she is not quite sure she wants to be doing and rather than have the constant reassurance and support from her two best friends Louisa and Jenny they seem more intent on competing between them for Angela's friendship. We never know how things will pan out for poor Angela in her rollercoaster life, will she stay or will she flee!
As ever Lindsey Kelks writing style flows so effortlessly that I found myself falling easily into the storyline and before I knew it I had finished in under a day. This was pure entertainment on every page. I found the confrontation between both Jenny and Louisa both frustrating and entertaining at the same time as they were fighting to be Angela's number one! With this book being set in London it had a very familiar and comfortable feel to it especially when places of interest that I have been to were featured. Alex and Angela's relationship seems to be running a lot more smoothly in this book and I found I warmed to Alex more in this book. We also finally managed to find out more about Angela's best friend Louisa who is mentioned in the previous books but now I really feel like I know her character better.
I found this book very unpredictable which just added to the endless amount of positives for this book even down to the ending I still wasn't sure which way things were going to pan out. I really think that the author has created two of the best characters in chick lit in Angela and Jenny whatever these women get up to just have us hooked and gripping our sides!
If you have read the previous I Heart books then you will love this one it is one of my favourites..... hell they are all my favourites! For those of you who have yet to read one of the I Heart books you need to pick these books up they are great entertaining reads which have you eagerly awaiting the release of the next book. I can only wonder where Angela's adventures will take her next!
I Heart London is the fifth novel in Lindsey Kelk's I Heart series, following our heroine Angela Clark, who ran off to New York from London in the first novel and never went back. Firmly entrenched in the chick lit genre, the series is fun, lighthearted and surprisingly addictive - so much that I pre-ordered the Kindle edition of I Heart London.
In the previous novel, I Heart Vegas, we left Angela in New York, engaged to the lovely Alex Reid, despite her madcap actions of the novel. At the opening of I Heart London, life is going well for Angela - she has her USA visa after fearing deportation, she is working on starting up a new magazine, and of course she has Alex. But then her mum hears about the engagement and orders her back to London, with Alex, to attend her 60th birthday party. Angela's best friend Jenny tags along, and soon Angela finds herself agreeing to marry Alex on the day of her mum's party, only one week later...
The story of I Heart London has everything required to lead to more crazy Angela antics. Through no (or little) fault of her own, she is always finding herself in ridiculous situations and in all sorts of messes. With a week to plan a wedding, Jenny on the verge of a breakdown, and being in the same town as her ex Mark, there's plenty of scope for monumental disaster. What is refreshing though is that Angela and Alex's relationship really is on solid ground throughout I Heart London - for once she doesn't come close to wrecking that, and frankly I was glad. Although you're almost guaranteed a happy ending in chick lit, I was glad not to have to worry about the scatty Angela losing lovely Alex.
The characters of the I Heart series are really what makes it work. Of course the settings, particularly New York, are quite special, but these stories are all about the characters. Angela is relatable, an important characteristic for a chick lit heroine - you may read for a bit of escapism, but in chick lit you always want to believe that it could be you having the fairytale ending. Angela is scatty, messy, worries about normal things, and gets herself into daft situations when drinking with her girlfriends. Alex is perhaps one of the best chick lit leading men out there - he is a genuinely sweet guy, more sensible than Angela, and of course gorgeous. Jenny, Angela's New York best friend, is a complete nutter that you can't help but love, and in I Heart London we get to spend more time with Louisa, Angela's London best friend, who is the opposite of Jenny.
Kelk's writing is perfect for the stories she is telling, although there are maybe a few too many pop culture references for my taste - but then again these do fit with the characters. Her writing is quite humourous, as you would expect it to be given everything that Angela manages to get up to - although you do end up cringing at the same time!
One slightly disappointing factor about I Heart London was Kelk's use of the setting. I love Angela's life in New York, but I was excited to read about her and her friends in London, and to see what shenanigans she could get up to here. But I felt the setting was underused - most of the story took place in the town her parents live in, which I think is in Surrey, with only a few trips into London. The city certainly isn't a character in the story life New York always is.
Despite this however, I loved I Heart London. I was hooked right from the start, and couldn't put it down until I finished. I don't know if there will be more installments in Angela's story, but I hope so - I'm not ready to say goodbye to Angela and Alex yet.