Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she's desperate to make her dad proud.
Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.
Review: It just felt so good to be back in the happy place that is a Sophie Kinsella novel. I was hooked right into this book straight away and literally read it in 2 sittings. This books just had me drawn so into Cat/Katie's world that even when I was waiting in line at Starbucks, I had this out, devouring pages, wanting to stay in Sophie Kinsella's world for just a little longer.
I think one thing that I love about Sophie's writing is that she writes such great characters and so all of her novels are so character driven. Anyone who has read her shopaholic series will have Becky Bloomwood in their mind and once she's there, she's here to stay. And I think that the thing I loved so much about this particular read was that Katie is another character that really sticks with you. Katie is relatatble, because as you can see from the tittle, not everything in her life is going perfectly. I could so relate to Katy and her commute across London. Her fierce determination that she was going to live and work in a certain way, no matter what. I also really loved that we got to see aspects of her family life, her personal life and her work life, and that nothing was quite perfect in any of those aspects.
The other characters in this book are great too. I loved Katie's dad and his attitude of bettering himself too, just in a very different way to Katie. I loved Katie's work friends and how they were just the kind of people I would imagine would work in an office that is all about branding and image. Of course there is the boss we love to hate, we've all worked for one of those after all and then there is the love interest. The love interest in this particular book is seriously swoon worthy, yet another thing that Sophie Kinsella creates so well!
I really liked that this book had multiple storylines and multiple settings. I like when I get to travel in the pages of a book and the setting descriptions are wonderful, whether you're in Chiswick or Somerset, you will b e transported there along with Katie. The storyline transports you as well and nothing about it is completely predictable. There is a level of familiarity that is just the right amount of comforting and yet there are definitely some unexpected events, for Katie and for you as a reader, along the way!
If you're a fan of Sophie Kinsella then you definitely won't be disappointed by this standalone and if you are new to her writing then this is definitely one to pick up, welcome to the wonderful world full of fabulous characters. This is definitely something I would recommend adding to your TBR pile now!
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