I hadn't heard of Chris Manby before so when I spotted this offering in The Works as part of a 3 for £5 deal I did initially see if they had anything else. However they did not have anything else which appealed to me so therefore I thought I would pick this one up anyway, after all at this price what did I have to lose?!
Heidi is engaged to Ed. She is quite happy in her life and is looking forward to their upcoming nuptials. Her best friend Kara has recently had a baby and this has made Heidi realise she will be ready for no baby in her life anytime soon. Therefore, when Kara keeps dumping baby Forrester on Heidi and Ed, this highlights a rift between the pair - Ed cant wait to have children and is great with them but Heidi on the other hand cant think of anything worse!
One day at work, Heidi bumps into the one person who she wished she would never see again - he ex, Stephen. She finds herself telling Stephen she has a boyfriend but not a fiancé - why didn't she tell him the truth and does she still have feelings for Stephen?
I was quite interested in this book from the start as the plot was different to anything I had read before. I enjoyed reading the book but found it easy enough to put down at the end of a chapter.
I loved the character of Heidi, she was very down to earth and I understood her thoughts and feelings very well. I felt I knew Heidi inside out and often felt as though I was actually Heidi. This really helped me to understand her actions as I knew exactly how she was feeling.
I loved the addition of Kara and Forrester to the story. It gave a sub-plot and was another great storyline to follow. A great portion of the book is time Heidi spends with Forrester so he actually turns out to be a main character in the story!
The plot flowed well in the story but at times I did feel that too long was being spent on one subject and it could have been condensed into a shorter space. However, for the majority of the book the plot flowed well and it was interesting. There was never a lot going on really but it was enough to keep me entertained - it was a laid back kind of read.
The ending provided a few surprises which made the book overall much more interesting as it had left me guessing and despite thinking I knew what was going to happen I actually didn't!
Overall, I did enjoy this offering from Chris Manby. I would pick up another book by this author and I found this was a great book which I could easily put down and leave for a couple of days. I would probably give this book 3.5 stars because it had an easy to follow plot but was quite slow in places.
The book has 320 pages.
It was published in 2005.
It is currently selling for £3.99 on Amazon.