Don’t we all do it? Promising ourselves to make certain changes throughout the year so we can end it with a feeling of absolute pride? I could recognize myself instantly and couldn’t wait to see what this novel was all about!
“Life is about to change forever…
When best friends, Tina and Jodie, make a drunken New Year’s Eve vow to change their lives before they hit the big 3 – 0, neither expected to end the year with much more than another hangover…
Twelve months later, Jodie is married and living in Provence – and Tina is exactly where she was a year ago (although now her rent is double). Tina can’t help but feel a little bit left behind, but as Jodie reminds her, she’s not thirty yet, there’s still time to quit her job, start her own literary agency and sign the man of her dreams!”
Let’s start at the beginning. Reading the first chapters, I immediately lost myself in the story. You’re thrown in Jodie and Tina’s lives instantly, consuming everything they’re about, learning about the changes they made and are dreaming of. You want them to succeed, to live their dreams and be happy with the decisions they’re making. Honestly, even though I don’t really have anything in common with the characters – except for my ability to dream of course – I did find myself connecting to them.
Jodie went from a hectic, busy life in London to a quiet one with her husband in France where she tries to find herself and a way to cope with everything that’s changed in her life. In the meanwhile, Tina is ready to shake things up and start her own literary agency. I don’t think I need to tell you guys how intrigued I was reading about her career as a literary agent, right? I think it was by far my favorite thing about this novel, haha.
It was pointless playing the “if only” game. Life was how it was.
Then we have the love interests. First of, the fact that Jodie’s married and already established a romantic relationship? Definitely worth of extra points! I love stories where it isn’t all about falling in love, getting into a relationship so this was pretty darn awesome indeed.
Of course, Tina doesn’t have any love interest at first and that was fine by me. I think it was pretty balanced the way it was. Either way they had their own goals to reach, paths to find and fights to fight all while maintaining their long distance friendship.
Unfortunately, I did find some of the conversations and one particular event come across as a bit forced. The conversations are so genuine and feel like they could actually be most of the time real, but then suddenly it.. feels off and orchestrated. It turned me off a bit sometimes. I’m just glad it didn’t happen all that often!
As for that one particular event… Let’s just say two of the characters had some more growing to do before getting to a certain point and it killed me that it felt wrong to me.
As for the munches, I couldn’t be more happy than when reading “bread and a selection of cheeses” because YES. I love myself some cheese. Cheese with some freshly-baked, delicious bread? That equals one happy Kathy indeed.
What’s the thing you like to eat best with some bread? Cheese? Hot dogs? What?!