This book, As Luck Would Have It, is a strong contender for my Best Book of 2019. It is such a sweet romance I didn’t want to turn out the light and go to sleep. I wanted to throw open my bedroom window and burst into a glorious song.
Before I devoured this book I was on my annual ‘read other genres book break.’ This is where I give myself a four-week reading break from romance; I scare myself witless with a few good psychological thrillers, a biography or two and then maybe some hard hitting crime fiction to finish me off. The aim is that when I return to romance I feel refreshed and energised. Two weeks into my break this year I was…how can I put this…mmmm…gagging for a bit of romance. So I did the unthinkable and rushed back to romance where I fell into the arms of this fabulous book.
I thought the premise was excellent; two childhood sweethearts bump into each other years later at a town raffle and due to a mix-up they both win a holiday to Marrakesh. As they are both at a cross roads in their lives and can both do with a good holiday they decide to ignore the fact the prize is billed as a romantic getaway and just go as two old friends. What could go wrong?
This book made me smile, laugh out loud and it was so well written I felt like their gooseberry friend who hung around with them on holiday. It is classic romcom and would make an excellent film! Am thinking Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan from back in the day (the Sleepless in Seattle era) for lead parts.
Here’s the blurb:
Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!
So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.
Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever…right?
Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sophie Ranald and Lindsey Kelk.
Here’s my review:
I loved the characters Natalie and Will. Both have experienced a fair amount of heartache and sadness in their lives so by the time they get to the town raffle, both really need a holiday.
The holiday is hilarious in places because the hotel are expecting two loved up guests on their honeymoon. Natalie and Will are keen not to lose their holiday of a lifetime and start making the hotel think they’ve just got married. It really did feel like watching a good old fashioned romcom film. It has been a long time since I did a book belly laugh.
This book made me fall in love with the romance genre all over again. I didn’t need a reading break, I needed this book! Well done, Zoe May!
If you want a great beach read – check this book out.
3 Things I Like About the Author:
- She has a gorgeous dog who looks like she’s part of the Zoe May romance writing team, so check out her instagram feed.
- She likes to travel and puts some lovely pics up on Instagram.
- She has a fabulous sense of humour.
Have a great day x