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I Heart London - Lindsey Kelk
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I Heart London - Lindsey Kelk
Advantages: Humourous, light read
Disadvantages: Chick lit isn't everyone's cup of tea.
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).
Summary: One of the better chick-lit books.