Sunday, 5 June 2011

Review - The Perfect Hero by Victoria Connelly

Every time I pick up a book to review, I wonder if I’m going to like it and what on earth I’m going to write about it if I don’t.  That really isn’t something I have to worry about at all at the moment (I do hope I’m not tempting fate!). 

The latest book I’ve reviewed “The Perfect Hero” by Victoria Connelly is another easy reading, utterly enjoyable read that made me smile, sigh, cry and laugh out loud – a few times of each! 

Kay inherits some money after she’s left all alone in the world, and follows her dreams to Lyme Regis where she buys a B&B and intends to pursue her talent for illustrating.  She is a huge Jane Austen fan and her favourite book Persuasion is the reason she moved to this part of the world.  A film crew are filming nearby and when a disaster at the place they are staying has them knocking on her door, even before she’s fully refurbished the beautiful house that she’s bought, she finds herself with her first paying guests.   Her all time hero and main character of the film and of her dreams is Oli Wade-Owen who she constantly daydreams about and when he starts paying her attention, she is totally taken under his spell.  While matchmaking for other members of the film crew, she doesn’t notice that one of them is actually falling in love with her.  I’m not going to tell you any more of the plot as it would give too much away and I really recommend that you read this book.

It’s fabulously colourful and descriptive, making you feel that you are on the beach, or walking along the Cobb or in her lovely house and even though it’s not a part of the world I’ve visited, I do actually feel that I’ve been there! I’ve not read anything by Victoria Connelly before; Victoria writes in an uncomplicated, expressive and emotional manner, the vivid descriptions bringing the characters and locations to life.  You feel that the main character Kay is a genuinely nice lady that you’d like to be friends with. 

A wonderful, feel good, book that leaves you with a smile on your face and a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart!

Victoria Connelly grew up in Norfolk before studying English Literature at Worcester Uni.  She became a teacher in Yorkshire and moved to London after getting married in 2000.    Her first novel Flights of Angels was bought after being fought over by five publishers and went on to be made into a film for TV in Germany.   Her first UK published novel – Molly’s Millions - came out in 2009 and The Perfect Hero was the second in a trilogy about Jane Austen addicts, the first being A Weekend With Mr Darcy.    Victoria lives in London with her husband who is an artist, her springer spaniel and four ex-battery hens. 

To find out more about Victoria Connelly click here.

1 comment:

Pauline Barclay said...

A lovely post and a book I will have to add to my reading list. I lived close to Norfolk on the Suffolk & Norfolk border years ago, but originally from Yorkshire. Wishing Victoria great success with her latest book.