Not Quite Perfect

9781472017123

Sometimes having it all isn’t enough…

Emma has everything she’s ever wanted. Her boyfriend’s just proposed and her career has finally taken off. And so what if her latest client just happens to be downright gorgeous? She’s getting married. Isn’t she?

Rachel’s married with 2.4 children (well, actually, 3) and life is all about trying to leave the house in a non-stained top. Once it was about skinny cappuccinos, cocktails and dynamic ad agency meetings. She wants her old life back, but can it ever be the same?

A sparkling, funny tale of two sisters and how often you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

My opinion: I have been tempted to read this book for some time and to be honest, I’m not sure why it has taken me so long! When I got offered the chance to read a copy of the paperback version of this book which has just been launched, I jumped at the chance.

Emma is an editor whose life is coming together nicely. Her boyfriend Martin has just proposed to her and she is pitching to get a new book to work with the publishing house she works for. Her and Martin have their future to look forward to, but sometimes the grass seems greener on the other side. Emma’s sister Rachel is married to Tom and has three children, Will and twins, Lily and Alfie. She has given up work to become a stay at home mum, but longs for her old life of being more than a mother, and spending time with adults.

I’m going to put my cards on the metaphorical table with this one, I loved it! I instantly got sucked into the storyline, and within chapters felt that I knew both Emma and Rachel and that they could be friends of mine. I think Annie has done a great job of doing something slightly different with this book by writing about women who have no problems in their relationships, but still wonder what it could be like if things were different.

I think out of the two sisters, I liked Rachel a little bit more, and Alfie and Lily were so funny. I also liked their mother, Diana, but I absolutely LOVED Christa. She was totally hilarious and I’d love to read a bit more about her very complicated sounding life. The book also had some desperately sad moments, so beware if you are reading it in a public place. There is no way that you won’t at least get tears in your eyes!

I took this book on holiday with me to Corfu and it was definitely my favourite book of the holiday. I absolutely flew through it and hope that there were other people who saw me reading it and thought that they might give it a go (I always look at what other people are reading around the pool!). I would definitely recommend this book and will be looking out for more from Annie.

My rating: Five stars!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Carina UK, in exchange for an honest review

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