If you are not familiar with the 1985 pop hit ‘Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves’ sung by the Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin, you need to check out the tune so you can picture me after finishing this fab book. Think – forty something, blonde writer, dancing around her small living room, large glass of wine clutched in one hand, Kindle version of book in the other and singing her Northern (Leeds) heart out to this song! *Husband, teenage children and pets all rolling their eyes at this spectacle*
Anyway, enough glimpses into my home life and how I get carried away with books, here’s my review:
What were your thoughts about the blurb?
The words ‘a perfect feel-good romantic comedy filled with sass,’ caught my attention.
Then the phrase ‘Don’t get mad, get even’ sent me into a book buying tail spin. I love a bit of revenge.
Thirty- something Charlotte Emsworth’s life is a sickeningly perfect round of charity of events, hot yoga sessions and romantic gestures for sexy lawyer husband James. But, patiently waiting to get pregnant, Chatlotte is bored. And when she’s bored, she has a tendency to meddle…
But soon the meddling, however well-intentioned, lands Charlotte in way over her head, and all the time spent ‘managing’ other people’s lives makes her blind to the cracks appearing in her own…
Getting even is one thing, but what about getting happy?
I have to be honest readers, I did like the idea of reading about a sickeningly perfect life being turned upside down.
What did you think about the characters?
I am applauding Victoria Cooke on skillfully crafting the transformation of her main character, Charlotte, over the course of the book. For the first few chapters I disliked Charlotte a lot. She was a little arrogant at times and I knew her meddling would get her into hot water. There was a lot of eye rolling from me and I found myself muttering away in my armchair.
By the end of the book I was in awe of Charlotte, she’d been to hell and back so I found myself tearfully shouting, ‘YOU GO, GIRL!’
James, Charlotte’s sexy lawyer husband, was like a nice medicinal tonic at the start of the book. He was smooth and oozed sex appeal.
For me the friendship circle around Charlotte was the stand out feature of this book. Victoria Cooke really brought the power of girlie friendships to life through some good female characters. Loved the character of best friend Kate and her plotting mind.
When her life turns upside down it’s Charlotte’s friends who give her strength to carry on. Girl power all the way!
What was the romance like?
I don’t want to spoil anything readers but the romance was unexpected and POWERFUL. It is cleverly woven into some high drama and life changing events, so you can expect to find yourself gripping onto a cushion and, like me, pouring yourself another large glass of wine to help you through.
How were you left feeling at the end of the book?
As well as singing, ‘Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves,‘ I was also left feeling satisfied. There are some wonderful acts of revenge in this book and you do walk away knowing romantic justice has been done.
What was the best line from the book?
This book is funny but there is one superb line which made me belly laugh.
‘I wasn’t just in a pickle; I was in the pickle jar with the lid clamped shut.’
Haven’t we all been in the pickle jar at some point in our lives? I often find myself in there…sigh!
Would you recommend this book?
Definitely. This book makes you burst into song and then text all of your girl friends with a virtual hug.
This was my first experience of reading a Victoria Cooke romantic comedy. She’s written several others which have received good reviews so I must dive into them.
Here is the link to the book ‘Who Needs Men Anyway?’ if you fancy a read – click here.
Have a great day.
Side note: The best moment from me belting out ‘Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves’ (book in one hand and glass of wine in the other) was the line from the song, ‘so we’re comin out of the kitchen…’ and my loved one cries “you’re never in the bloody kitchen, you can’t cook!” Sigh…
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