I’ll start this review by saying that I know Cathy Bramley. We’ve worked together on various bits and bobs and I have enormous respect for her. Saying that, when she sent me a copy of her book (with a gorgeous personalised note inside) I wasn’t hugely looking forward to reading it.
This sounds terrible, but it’s only because it’s just so far away from anything I would normally read. I’m more a murder/crime novel kind of girl. Val McDermid is my literary poster lady, so this one, listed as a romantic comedy, was a bit out of my comfort zone.
Happily though, I’d only read a few pages when I set off for our cruise, so I popped it into my suitcase. It turned out to be perfect by-the-pool reading and I quickly found that I had enormous affection for Sophie Stone – the slightly lacking in confidence heroine of the piece. I found myself cheering her on, urging her not to make bad decisions and rushing out of the pool to find out what she was up to next.
I won’t ruin the story, but there’s a mystery inheritance, a couple of fellas (one who tempted me to throw the book into the pool in frustration), a nightmare Mum, a missing Dad and some fabulous friends. Of course there’s a lovely happy ending, which is as it should be too. Do pick it up if you see it, it’s full of fun, with a smattering of self discovery, a sprinkling of family secrets and a big dollop of love. I adored it.