You’re the One That I Want

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Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben – best man and the best friend any two people ever had. And that’s the problem. Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it…

My opinion: I loved Giovanna’s first book Billy and Me when I read it last year and was very excited to be given the opportunity to read You’re the One that I want pre-publication.

The story centres around three best friends, Maddy, Rob and Ben and we take a journey through their lives and learn how they got to where they are today. The three of them met in primary school and hit it off straight away, becoming an inseparable threesome for the rest of their school lives. As they grow older, they change and things happen, but their friendship remains solid until, as teenagers, Rob and Maddy become a couple. Ben has to hide his feelings for Maddy when this happens and has to live with knowing the fact that the girl he is in love with loves his best friend.

I’m going to come right out and say it, I was disappointed by this book. It was nothing to do with the writing which was just as good as Billy and Me. I also liked the style that it was written in and how the story panned out over time. My reasons for being disappointed with the book are, I’m sure, entirely personal and I just really didn’t like Maddy. I didn’t feel that I connected with her at all, and there were two things that happened in the book made me really dislike her as they were things that really drive me mad.

Because Maddy was such an integral part to the book, this was the reason why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would, but it wouldn’t stop me from reading another of Giovanna’s books, or indeed stop me raving about how fantastic Billy and Me was. In all honesty though, I wouldn’t read another book about these characters as I just don’t care enough about them.

My rating: Three stars

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley and Penguin UK in return for an honest review

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Billy and Me

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Sophie May has a secret.

One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to
give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay
in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.

But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make
it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the
comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.

Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of
shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that
comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret
heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?

My opinion: It has taken me a few days to write this review as I have had a major book hangover from reading Billy and Me. I wasn’t sure if I would like it when I downloaded it, but had seen so many great things about it on Twitter, that I just had to give it a go!

I started reading sat in the sun in my back garden and instantly got hooked reading about Sophie. The intro to the book sounded so similar to my life, just mine happened in a slightly different order. I felt an instant connection with the character and was eager to read on.

Sophie works in a local tea shop for the wonderful matriarch, Molly. When a film crew comes to town to film a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, she meets a very good looking young man, who just happens to be the star of the film and a-lister, Billy Buskin. Not that she knows who he is at first. A love story ensues and Sophie and Billy attempt to make a life together in London.

The story is so well written, it could have been written by any of the great chick lit writers, but it has come from debut author Giovanna Fletcher. The story is generally fast paced, but I felt it start to slow a bit when Sophie moved to London. I feel that this is more of a reflection of how tedious her life becomes rather than the writer, but was my least favourite part of the book.

I really enjoyed this book and flew through it. It is a lovely, romantic story. But be warned, parts are heart breaking, so keep the tissues handy and expect some funny looks if reading on the bus or on a sun lounger. You will cry! I would like to read more about Sophie and Billy and eagerly await Giovanna’s next book.

My rating: A fab four stars!