Before picking up this book, I spent around an hour trying to decide what to read. I stood in front of my bookcases agonising. My kindle is chock-a-block with thrillers and fantasy fiction but nothing was grabbing me. I’d just finished a dark and twisty thriller so I thought I’d try something different. I do read women’s fiction as they call it, romance and all that jazz – but not often. I’m not sure, I think sometimes I feel that they can be too repetitive whereas thrillers are generally unique and captivating. Anyway, I decided I needed something light and easy to read. I hopped onto Bookouture’s Netgalley to see what they had. I like to sing so I gave this book a shot.
I have to say this book grabbed me from the very beginning. I just love anything with humour in it. This book is genuinely laugh out loud funny. This was good because it added texture to the book. It made Annie’s character realistic and she became an actual person that I would love to be friends with. Sometimes when I read books like this, I know exactly what is going to happen and the whole ‘i hate him but I will end up with him’ story line is just too obvious and not executed well enough to engage me. But this book was fantastically written. It has restored my faith in the genre. The characters were fleshed out in the most realistic way. I have to say that it has been a long time since I’ve read a book with such vivid characters whose personalities jumped off the page.
It has restored my faith in the genre.
The sense of community in this book was a strong theme throughout. It was like reading about Ambridge from the Archers at times. The different types of personalities and the close knit relationships were heart-warming to read and you could actually picture this village and the variety of characters in it. Communities are becoming a rare thing and this book forces you to see the value of a close knit community and what it can do for your life. I want to go to Salt Bay!!
As soon as I finished this book I went to Goodreads and desperately searched this author’s name to see if she has written anything else and I was shocked to learn this is her debut novel. I absolutely loved her writing style and I can’t wait to read more. Hurry up Liz!!