What they say: Lesley has always fancied herself as an amateur sleuth, a sort of modern day Miss Marple without the support stockings. So when Al wants to hire her to investigate his elderly uncle’s young fiancée, she jumps at the chance. It doesn’t hurt that the job will involve posing as Al’s girlfriend and joining his glitzy, star-studded family on holiday in Nice. Stella still can’t quite believe she’s engaged to legendary actor Sir Peter Bradshaw. She accepted what she thought was a deathbed proposal. Now she has a living, breathing fiancé and a wedding to plan. First, though, she has to get through a holiday in the South of France with Peter’s extended family, who all seem convinced she’s a gold-digger with her sights set on the family fortune. As Lesley bonds with Stella over shopping trips and bottles of rosé, she thinks she has it all figured out. After all, it’s no great mystery why a young woman would marry a fabulously wealthy seventy-two-year-old with a heart condition, is it? It’s an old story. And Al may be the nicest boyfriend she’s ever had (even if he is fake), but Lesley believes in instant attraction and there’s just no spark … no matter how fit he looks in his swimming trunks. So there’s no chance he’s going to grow on her.But people have a way of surprising you, as she’s about to discover …
The Review: I’d heard a lot of people speak of Clodagh Murphy’s book “Some Girls Do” (Amazon buy link for the book) from both friends (which is unusual, none of my friends read what I read!), bookish people and on Irish media. They said it was bang on comedy with extreme pop and fizz, with something akin to reverence, and I have to admit to being determined to read it.
Tours and requests stepped in and I also had the honour of ‘meeting’ Ms. Murphy, both in social media and at an author event (where I felt such a fraud as I sat as an author!) and again went ‘must bump that one up.’ Needless to say it’s still on my Kindle but after reading this book I feel like banging my head off a wall for letting it slip by.
This is something of a gem and I’ll let you know that after reading the blurb again you should both jump for it and ignore the blurb and go in blind because that’s how I read it and my gosh it was a TREAT!!!
It is the story of Lesley who we meet at a dating event lying her way through to make it more interesting. A lie comes back to bite her and before you know it she’s agreeing to something. Now because I didn’t read the blurb (Look. Just empty your mind of finite details if you have read it!) I was surprised when another pov happened. Well, stunned really. I loved that you got to know the different people involved and so knew where they stood in terms of relationships. I was gunning for so many people in this book because of the likeability factor and add to this banter and comedy and I’ll admit this is a book I’ll be looking at in my end of year ‘best ofs’. (Who keeps reminding me I never make the actual list? It’s in my head, okay?! I’ll do it this year!!)
Beyond recommended and thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for letting me be part of the blog tour.
About the author
Clodagh Murphy lives in Dublin, Ireland and writes funny, sexy romantic comedies. She always dreamed of being a novelist, and after more jobs than she cares to (or can) remember, she now writes full-time. For more information about her books or to sign up to her newsletter, visit her website at http://clodaghmurphy.com/.Social Media