I’m so pleased to be taking part in the 12 Days of Clink St, this is my second post in the christmas event, and this one is for Sara Mendes da Costa’s feel good rom com Peanuts & Egg Cups which I’ve reviewed.
For Maggie Parsons there’s only ever been one man: the stunningly delicious Luke Henderson. Unfortunately, he left her, without explanation, after their ‘first night’ together …breaking her heart in the process.
Now ten years on, without any contact, he’s back and going to her school reunion. Great! And, to confuse matters…so is his suave, sexy, brother Tony who makes a major play for Maggie, then turns up with his insufferable – supposedly ex – fiancée!
Via the reunion, a black eye, getting the sack (as a result) a madcap girlie holiday and juggling her confused emotions around the two alluring brothers…Maggie starts to build a picture of what she really wants in life.
Trouble is, Maggie’s a pawn in a game she doesn’t even know she’s playing …and things are about to get a whole lot more complicated.
This is an epic novel considering the genre, at 727 pages long it’s length is more attuned to the Fantasy novels I read than the Chick Lit which tends to sit around 250 pages. There were times reading this I felt that it was a little too wordy and that maybe there were parts of Maggie’s story that weren’t entirely relevant to the overall story we were being told, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the novel and there was something quite enjoyable about being really immersed into a story rather than being taken on a whistlestop tour which this genre normally does.
Maggie really isn’t the most likeable character I’ve ever read, I found myself consistently irritated by her actions, decisions, things she said, and the fact that she was probably one of the most gullible people I have ever encountered in real life or in a book. That being said, it made for great reading fodder as she wound herself up in more and more knots.
As for the men in her life, I would have loved to see more of Luke, we only really got glimpses of him and for such a long book I felt really disappointed that by the end of the novel I didn’t know him at all well. As for Tony I felt like I worked him out very quickly, he was very charming and handsome but that ex-fiance bugged me.
As for Maggie’s friends, I totally adored Jenny, I love a friend who tells it like it is and I think that’s why Maggie doesn’t tell her a lot of things because she doesn’t want to hear the truth.
Overall, I really enjoyed this, it’s a long read but it does pay off and has some fantastic laughs throughout.
A huge thanks to Sara Mendes da Costa and Clink Street Publishing for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A successful, world-renowned voiceover artist, her dulcet tones are easily recognisable on television, radio, film and across countless media.
Never far from the press, she’s known for her appearances on BBC Breakfast, ITV This Morning, Children in Need, Wake up to Wogan and The Today Programme, and balances her prolific voiceover career with her passion and commitment as a novelist.
Peanuts & Eggcups, her debut novel – hotly anticipated by the industry – is “The perfect & highly addictive reading companion for women’s fiction fans”. `
A lover of laughter, creativity, great storytelling and a wee dram, Sara adores writing novels and seeks to entertain, uplift and inspire.
Her upcoming novels: Time & Time Again & Maggie Ever After, are expected in 2017.
Title: Peanuts & Eggcups
Author: Sara Mendes da Costa
Genre: Chick Lit | Romance | Comedy
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: 28 June 2015
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Buy: Amazon UK