Today I share my review as a part of the blog tour for the audiobook The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert.
It’s never too late to follow your dreams….
Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…
Catapulted into a midlife crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!
Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?
Author: Jane Lambert
Published: January 8, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: Feb 15-20, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
The Start of Something Wonderful to be called Start for the rest of this review, is about starting over with new beginnings and second chances at life for 40 year old Emily who finds herself in a midlife crisis that she never expects.
Emily thought she had it all: a job as a flight attendant (travel worldwide and the finer things in life are at her hand) and a pilot boyfriend…. Then he breaks up with her. She tailspins out of control, quits her job, and decides to finally give acting a try: She has always wanted to act! But becoming an actor is easier said than done. Emily finds herself struggling for jobs and taking on anything she can get. We see the growth Emily goes through from being a whiny/feeling sorry for herself woman after Nigel breaks up with her to the new person she is at the end of the novel. It is quite the transition. Will Emily succeed in her new chosen career of acting? You must read this novel to find out!
I listened to the audiobook version of Start and enjoyed it. The author, Jane Lambert, is also the narrator and she captured Emily’s voice and feelings well. I listen to many audiobooks and what I really liked about Start was that it added ‘sound effects’ to enhance the story. The effects really worked with this novel. But listener beware if you are driving: There are a few times the sound effects were unexpected and scared me. For example: at one point car horns honk fast and I thought it was a real car honking at me. I didn’t know what I was doing. I laughed at myself once I realized it was the audiobook.
I decided to listen to this novel as I am nearing the age of Emily (OMG, I will be 39 at the end of this month! I think I see an upcoming midlife crisis for me as I don’t feel I am nearing…. 40) and I thought I could identify with her. This was an enjoyable listen as all chick lit is and it is recommended.
About the Author:
Jane taught English in Vienna then travelled the world as cabin crew, before making the life-changing decision to become an actor and voiceover artist in her mid-thirties. She has appeared in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, “Deathtrap”, and most recently “True West” in London’s West End. She has recorded audiobooks for BBC AudioGo, Isis Publishing and HarperCollins. She is currently adapting “The Start of Something Wonderful” into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Published: February 5, 2019
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 22- March 5, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars
Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.
So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?
Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?
I adore Sophie Kinsella. In fact, it was her book, Can You Keep a Secret? That got me reading again. Unfortunately the last couple of her books have not been for me.
The premise of I Owe You One had me intrigued, but the delivery failed. For a start, I did not connect with the characters at all. Fixie’s name did not work for me and she constantly let everyone walk all over her. Her siblings were very annoying and I did not like Ryan at all. I suspected him of ill will. All of the characters had issues of some kind, and the combination just did not work.
Yes, the scene where the ‘certain disaster’ where Fixie saves the laptop is hilarious and left a lot of promise for the novel. This scene is classic Kinsella. Despite I Owe You One not being for me, I will continue to read Kinsella novels, I just may need to stick to her older novels. I think I might need to give Can You Keep a Secret a re-read this year.
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for granting me a copy to read and review. I wish I could have given it a favorable review.[Top]
Today I am part of the Book Birthday Blitz for The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke. Today is this book’s birthday! This is one I really enjoyed. And a bonus for those of you in the UK: There is a giveaway going on!! Lucky you!
Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.
That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!
Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.
If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…
Author: Victoria Cooke
Published: February 9, 2017
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 17-23, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
This was a fun to read chick lit novel! In this day of social media, we are attached to our phones 24-7 and more caught up in it than real life. We miss out on the beautiful everyday things. Now, what would we do if all of a sudden we can’t access ANY social media, internet, and apps? Melissa experiences this not by choice, it’s for her job. Then she meets Scott AND Joseph without the help of an app or social media. Is either one of these men for her? I know who I was rooting for! And there is a little bit of a twist that happens.
This is a very quick read under 200 pages and worth it! The novel gives a great message and proves a point about social media: How much of real life are we missing out on in favor of something that we hold in our hands? All I can say is this: Put the phone down and pick up this novel!
Buy The Secret to Falling in Love here
About the Author:
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.
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