Would Like To Meet by Polly James

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Length: 400 pages

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What they say:

A hilarious, heart-warming read perfect for fans of Shirley Valentine and You’ve Got Mail.

Could the worst thing that’s ever happened to Hannah Pinkman also turn out to be one of the best?

She and her husband Dan have reached the end of the line. Bored with the same gripes, the same old arguments – in fact, bored with everything – they split up after a trivial row turns into something much more serious.

Now Hannah has to make a new life for herself, but that’s not easy. She’s been so busy being a wife and mum that she’s let all her other interests slip away, along with her friends. And when Hannah is persuaded to join a dating site, her ‘best match’ is the very last person she expects it to be . . .

A clever, funny and poignant novel about life after a long relationship, the importance of friendship, and rediscovering your identity.

The Review: To start with, what a cover. I saw this and somehow knew that there was such a little chance of it being anything but enjoyable, and I wasn’t let down.  So we begin with a prologue that tells us of the beginnings of Hannah and Dan and we smile at how in love they are. Fast forward twenty seven years and now we are beginning to see the end, when a simple few comments quickly turn into some home truths that get out of control. I loved Ms James’ style, it reminded me of Fiona Gibson or Aimee Horton, more dialogue and funny goings on with a nice mix of realistic descriptions that put you at the scene of the crime each time. There were a few things to be sorted as you read, in the back of your mind you had an idea of what was going on, and sneaking suspicions of other happenings. The characters were great, I loved how human Hannah was, how strong her aunt Pearl was, and I loved the ‘baddy’ of the story-again so human that you couldn’t figure out what to feel about here. Joel was great, as was Dan, and I loved the insights into how both parties of the break-up felt.

My only issue with this book was, I suppose, a big enough one. When the pacing dipped I found myself having to push myself to keep going, just a little bit. The out of the ordinary events, the mix-ups, and all that involved much excitement, were so brilliantly done that the book couldn’t help but drop for me when Hannah was nostalgic or trying to figure out how to be alone, brought to the forefront by the length of the book, which could have been quite a bit shorter. That being said I still enjoyed it so much it wouldn’t hamper my excitement at finding another gem of an author to follow- I have to admit after this Ms. James’ name will be on my firmly ‘to look out for’ list (yes, I have one of those) and I’ve already bought ‘Diary of An Unsmug Married.’ Thanks to Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

Author interview: Lynda Renham: Perfect Weddings

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The Interview: First off, Lynda, a huge welcome and congratulations on a truly enjoyable book (read the review here.) I have to tell you that from the very start I was sucked into Amy’s world. Can you tell us about Amy in your own words?

Thank you very much for inviting me onto your blog. I’m very happy to be here.

‘Every bride wants a perfect wedding and that includes Georgina Winters. Amy Perfect is the crème de la crème of wedding planners so who best to plan Georgina s wedding… except the man Georgina plans to marry is the same man who jilted Amy three years ago. Will her plan to give Georgina the most imperfect wedding backfire on her? Is this the chance for Amy to win back the love of her life, or will insufferable Ben Garret put a spanner in the works?’

How Amy overcomes the difficulties of overcoming a weight issue to seeing her ex love marry someone else makes for interesting and hilarious reading, I think. I wanted love to rule Amy’s head and her heart but to also show how integrity really mattered to her.

I always want to know did you know what would happen in the book from the start or did your characters take control and guide the story?

I only have a vague idea. My characters pretty much take over. Chardonnay, for example was only supposed to have a small part in the book and yet suddenly she came back into the novel at a time I wasn’t expecting her to.

Did you enjoy writing a wedding story? Did you need to do much research?

Yes I did enjoy writing a wedding story. But I also enjoyed writing ‘A Christmas Romance’ as I love Christmas too. I did so some research on best man speeches and that was fun to do.

How did you feel about the change in Amy?

Oh, it had to happen. But I’m not going to say too much else we’ll give the game away.

There were a lot of brilliant side characters, I loved Rosie and Georgina too! Can you tell me were there any in particular that grabbed you and wouldn’t let go?

Yes, Chardonnay was one. I found she kept hovering at the back of my mind, pushing for a bigger role. I also found Lucy grabbed me and she is rather overlooked I think but I did like her personality. The way she handled Amy I found very funny.

And lastly, have you any plans at the moment for your next book?

Yes, I am writing it at the moment. It is the second book in the Little Perran series and follows on from ‘A Christmas Romance

Thanks so so much for being here, Lynda, it’s been a pleasure and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future and hopefully seeing you here again, in fact I have the review for ‘Rory’s Proposal’ for you all tomorrow which I look forward to sharing!

Thank you for having me on your blog. I have enjoyed it.

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