“ Genre: Fiction / Romance / Author: Lucy-Anne Holmes / ISBN: 0751547603 / Publication Date: 2011 / Publisher: Sphere „
I came across this book in Asda as part of their 2 for £7 promotion. It was only £3.90 full price so not exactly bank breaking. I've never read anything by this author before and I've got to admit I do judge a book buy it's cover and so it's colourful appearance caught my eye. I had a quick read on the back and thought it sounded like great escapism so I bought it.
Basically, without going into too much detail the book is centered around Gracie Flowers, an estate agent with a 5 year plan. We meet her on her 26th birthday, the day she was supposed to have achieved her all goals, but things don't really go to plan.
It's your typical chick lit (urgh, hate that phrase) in some ways - it's light hearted and frothy and not overly taxing. With a toddler and a 12 week old it's rare I find time to read at all so when I do I don't want something too deep and thought provoking, I just want a bit of escapism! You do get that from this book. Having said that, it's not one of those books that you know within reading 5 pages how the story is going to end. There were a few twists and turns thrown in there and up to the end I still wasn't overly sure how it was going to pan out.
The main character Gracie, was very likeable and relatable. I've read some books where I really don't care what happens in the end because the lead character is a tool. Gracie's an honest estate agent who regularly tells her clients that a place is dump and they respect her honesty (well it is a fiction book!) She is fiesty and witty and I warmed to her immediately.
I could particularly relate to her relationships with her friends in that they were pretty much based on insults! Exactly like me and my friends! You know you're truly respected in my life the more I insult you! The author isn't afraid of using expletives but this just made it more realistic for me, I don't know many people who say "gosh, golly and darn it" like it some books.
A lot of the book focuses on her relationship with her dad. Again, being a daddy's girl I could completely relate to it. The are parts of the book that are funny but the relationship between Gracie and her dad was actually quite touching. The way the author explores Gracies complex relationship with her mother is also very well done.
The author Lucy-Ann Holmes also wrote 50 Ways to Find a Lover, which I have never read but is now being ordered from Amazon!
The book is romantic, witty and touching in places, but still provides that escapism I craved. It's a very easy read, not overly challenging but that's exactly what I wanted from the book. I really enjoyed it.