Sunday, 8 September 2013

Book Review: The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties

Synopsis - On arriving home after a friend's posh wedding, launderette worker Harriet finds her life irrevocably changed as she discovers her flat ransacked and her boyfriend missing.

In a matter of hours she is harassed by East End gangsters and upper crust aristocrats.  Accepting an offer she can't refuse, Harriet, against her better judgement, becomes the fiancée of the wealthy Hamilton Lancaster, with dire consequences.  What she had not bargained on was meeting Dr Brice Edmunds.

Review - She has only gawn and dun it!  Lynda Renham is right up there with chick-lit royalty!  I'm not talking princess either, for me, the Queen of Chick-lit.  This is Lynda's best book yet.  Well!  I have only read two previously and this one tops them both.  I love all the characterisations of both the good and bad cast.  Yes, there is some stereotyping, a bit hard to avoid in chick-lit writing but I would not go so far as to say clichéd like so many other books I have read in this genre.  Some hilarious situations, a laugh a minute, a real feel good book!  It's definitely a keeper.  A book you would want to pick up again on a 'rainy' day when you need a good laugh and are in need of cheering up.  I think Harriet will become a 'good friend'.

Harriet is a nice ordinary London girl from an ordinary London family, she shares a flat with a boyfriend she is better off without.  Her only failing is to quote Brice "naive" when it comes to finance and trusting people.  Julian, the boyfriend, who does not feature much 'in person' as such, is pretty horrible and Hamilton's family are an avaricious lot.  Meet Fiona, the best friend and her hilariously parodied, stammering boyfriend Alastair.  It is at a society wedding that Harriet meets the drop dead gorgeous, to die for Brice Edmonds who she will never see again.  As for the East End gangsters you can't even hate them too much, particularly the weak but wanting to better himself 'Babyface Jack', who it turns out has a crush on Harriet.  It is great fun!  I cannot wait for more from Lynda Renham, keep them coming I say :)  5*

ISBN 978-0-9571372-6-4 Due for release on 1st October 2013

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