📚The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance – Kirsty Greenwood
⚪️Source: Arc courtesy of Pan. Thanks Lucie.
⚪️Blurb: 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…
⚪️My Review: So erm, I have a new favourite book of all time. I actually really do mean that too. We fall in love with books so many times don’t we? But there’s always one that gets you. And, in that I don’t mean it gets you teary-eyed or gushy and shit, I mean it gets you! You as a person. You identify so much in the characters, the situations, in every page. The hurt, the laughter, the love all gets whacked up to a million and the feels come down hard. When a book does that to you, and it’s really quite a tough job to do, you know you’ve found your book. The book that was written for you. And, this was definitely written for me. (Yeah, I know it wasn’t written especially for me, but I can pretend it was)
Anyway, the book is tremendous. It’s seriously good fun. It has you giggling manically and doing great big lol’s. (Did I really just write lol’s? Shoot me right now!) As soon as you start reading and are thrown straight into bed with Jessica Beam you fall in total love with her. She Is the ultimate heroine. What’s even better is that she’s northern. That comes through something wicked in this read. I obviously get northern humour a lot more than others so it was right up my street, but I do honestly think it would be up any ones street.
I’m a complete sucker for a good love story, and one that has a good twist, a bit of heartbreak, and a bitchy villain. So it was perfect for me.
Oh and I adore the 50s era. Obvs some of you have already met me and seen how I dress up. Well if am out of me jarmers like.
I am just far too excited with this book. Oh and you know what else right? I watched a film when I was young and I fell in love with it. I watched it over and over. As I got older no one had even heard of it. I was gutted. It took me years to track down a DVD in UK format too. So when in this book, that was personally written for me, and had me swooning over the clothes, characters, and everything else it had in it. It also had, wait for it…. TEEN WITCH! Fucking Teen Witch please!! Not even just that though, it was my ultimate favourite part of the entire film.
I am so so so in love with this book. It is 3:38am
now and I am seriously going to wake my husband up to tell him about it. If he kills me it will have been worth it. Shit review I know, but I just can’t. I am just far too excited for it. I know for a fact it is going to be one of the biggest sellers of 2015. It is Chicklit with a whopping big crown on.
Kirsty Greenwood I applaud you. Your awesome imagination. Your brilliant story-telling skills. AND, that you wrote me a book! 😉
Go buy this book. Don’t even wait. Go now. Go on. Even if it’s the e-book. Just do it. (Nike Swoosh)