As many of you will know, I have been taking part in the book-bloggers Readathon. This is the book which was chosen via the poll on our event page (the publisher/author had no part in this event and everyone taking part purchased copies), and this is my review of the book having read and now reviewed it in a 24 hour period as part of the challenge.
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Jessica Beam is a girl who knows how to party. Only lately she’s been forgetting to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Down on her luck, out of a job and homeless, Jess seeks the help of her long-lost grandmother.
Things aren’t going well for Matilda Beam, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage repayments are staggering and her granddaughter wears neon Wonderbras.
When a lifeline from a London publisher arrives, the pair have an opportunity to secure the roof over their heads – by invigorating the Good Woman guides and transforming modern, rebellious Jess into a demure vintage lady.
The true test of their makeover will be to capture the heart of notorious London playboy Leo Frost and prove that Matilda’s guides still work. It’s going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull this off . . .
‘The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance’ wasn’t a book which had blipped onto my radar before it was chosen in our poll for the charity readathon I have read it as part of. In all honesty neither the cover art nor book blurb alone would have interested me to add this to my TBR pile.
I’m not a fan of the vintage craze crossing the land, at all. I’m also not a fan of the chick lit concept which involves someone needing to change themselves in order to ‘bag a man’. I like real women, strong women, with balls of steel, who aren’t afraid or ashamed to make mistakes and be themselves. I wasn’t convinced this book was going to give me that.
However, this book offers an awful lot that the blurb doesn’t tell you about, Jess is a strong-willed northern lass, with balls of steel. She has commitment issues, she probably drinks too much, parties too much, and swears too much but she just turns up the rock music and doesn’t care. Her friends are sick of her and her career is going down the toilet in a spectacularly dramatic fashion.
Jess’ ability to recover from her terrible life predicament is wonderful, finding a grandparent she never knew she had and being convinced to embark on this truly preposterous idea to woo a womanising man the way a 1950’s woman would have.
Now let’s be honest, this is a preposterous idea, but Jess’ reaction throughout the process supports that she feels that way, she hates not being who she is at her core, but she does learn a few things about herself along the way, she learns how to be slightly more open to commitment.
Jess’ supporting cast in this book are enjoyable from Summer her best friend turned enemy to Leo who teaches her everyone has a heart. The storyline between Jess and her Grandmother had such a depth to it that I wasn’t expecting at all and was very unexpected.
This book, whilst a little predictable in areas, wasn’t at all what I expected and turned out to be a far more enjoyable read than I had bargained for.
Title: The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance
Author: Kirsty Greenwood
Genre: Romance, Chick-Lit
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Publication Date: 9 April 2015
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Audio, Hardcover, Paperback
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