Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Review - How to Get A (Love) Life by Rosie Blake


Some people book last-minute holidays, walk barefoot in the grass or party on a week night. Not Nicola Brown. Nicola is the kind of girl who double-locks the front door, leaves the plastic covering on new furniture, sticks to a super-strict diet and definitely, absolutely Does Not Date. 

Her colleague Caroline – loopy, warm and exasperated by her, knows that Nicola’s reluctance to lose control means she’s living only half a life. And so she lays down the gauntlet: Nicola must cast aside her hang ups and go on as many dates as it takes to find true love in time for Valentine’s Day.

The pick of local men is, quite frankly, a bit rubbish. And there are only three months until February 14th. Surely it’s an impossible task? But, as Nicola is about to find out on her dodgy dates, letting go isn’t quite as scary as she imagined. In fact, it’s rather a lot of fun…
What did I think? 

I loved it! Really hilarious in parts, deeply touching in others! This book should make people who are in happy loving long-term relationships really grateful that they don't have to go through these "interesting" and "character-building" dating experiences! It's enough to make you want to stay single forever! Or is it? 

I loved Rosie's incredibly easily to read writing style. The story flowed really well! I became quite envious of the lovely relationships that Nicola had both with her brother and with her friend and colleague Caroline.  I quite fancied working at the agency to be honest! Sounded like a real hoot! 

This book reinforced for me the saying that life is for living. When Nicola lightened up a bit, that's when she started to live again! A lesson for a lot of us to learn I think! 

A perfect ending! Loved it! Super book. Lots of fun and lots of laughs. Hugely entertaining. 

Rosie spent her university years writing pantomimes based on old classics. The 2003 production of The Wizard of Odd: Search for the Ruby Strippers enjoyed critical acclaim. This was followed a year later with a successful showing of Harry Potter: The Musical (complete with moving opening number, In my Cupboard I will Stay).

Rosie went on to write a winning short story in the La Senza/Little Black Dress Short Story Competition and was shortlisted in a few others including competitions run by Women and Home and The Daily Mail. Her first full-length novel, How to Get a (Love) Life, was published in January 2014 by Novelicious Books.

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