The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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 make-over 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…
I hate the thought of giving a review a ‘negative’ review on something a writer would have slaved over for months on end. But this book really wasn’t my cup of tea.
Let me explain first why I read it and why on earth I’m calling this a ‘readathon book review’.
I made a post about a month ago about a group of us raising money for an amazing charity. You can read that here!
The book that was voted for and chosen as our readathon read was obviously The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance. The challenge is to read and review it in 24 hours!
And I’ve done it!!
Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I’d hoped to. Don’t get me wrong, by the end I was glad to have read it.
I found the character of Jess to be annoying and cheesy. Her expressions made me cringe multiple times and made me dislike her throughout.
I don’t think the book gives you much chance to like any of the characters. Except maybe Peach, who was endearing and should have been given more exposure.
As should the storyline with Jess’ father. I’d love to know who/where he is and what the reaction would be to their meeting. Which I guess shows that by the end of the book, I had grown an attachment of sorts to the characters.
If you like ‘Chick-Lit’, you’ll love this book. If not, it will pass a few hours on a rainy day.
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