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Be careful what you wish for…
Florence Fairfax isn’t lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and her cat, Marmalade, keeps her company at night. But everything changes when her stepsister, Mia, announces that she’s engaged to her boring golf-playing boyfriend. That’s when Florence meets Irish love coach, Gwendolyn.
…because you just might get it!
When Gwendolyn makes Florence write a wish list describing her perfect man, Florence refuses to take it seriously. Finding someone who likes cats, doesn’t wear pointy shoes and can overlook her ‘counting habit’? Impossible! Until, later that week, a handsome blond man asks for help in the bookshop…
But is Rory the one, or is he simply too good to be true? Florence is about to find out that her criteria for finding Mr Right aren’t as important as she thought – and that perhaps her perfect man has been right there all along…
Praise for Sophia Money-Coutts:
‘So funny. And the sex is amazing!’ Jilly Cooper
‘Hilariously funny – I couldn’t put it down.’ Beth O’Leary
‘A laugh-a-minute page-turner, perfect for poolside reading!’ HELLO!
‘Howlingly funny’ Sunday Times
‘Wonderfully rude’ Red
‘Surprisingly saucy and distractingly funny’ Grazia
‘Fast and furious, funny and fresh’ Daily Mail
‘Fizzes with joy’ Metro
‘Hilarious and uplifting’ Woman & Home
‘A thoroughly modern love story’ Woman’s Weekly
‘Does it earn its place in your beach bag? Absolutely’ Evening Standard
This is Sophia Money-Coutts’ third novel, and it’s every bit as filled with fun and laughter as the first two. Florence Fairfax is 32, single, working in a job she enjoys, but which isn’t going anywhere, and is just a little bit stuck. Her flighty, hilarious stepmother decides to change this by sending her to a love coach that she saw in a magazine. She’s definitely not a quack, because she was written up in the magazine!
Florence’s love coaching involves writing a list of the qualities she wants in a man, which include having a nice bum, liking cats, and not minding Florence’s counting, an anxiety mechanism that permeates her life. And, the week after she has her first meeting with her love coach, a man walks into her bookshop and asks her out. Taking her first tentative steps into a relationship, Flo realises that perhaps what she wrote on her list wasn’t necessarily everything she wanted in a man.
Rory the Tory, the tall, handsome man who sweeps her off her feet and introduces her to black and white dinners, trips to his country home, and sex that makes you say ‘cowabunga!’ is a Very Nice young man, with good prospects and a good work ethic. But even if he ticks all the boxes, perhaps Florence is going to discover that what she wants and what she needs are two very different things.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, as it weaved together family concerns, anxiety, comfort zones, relationships, friendship, and a gorgeous, grumpy cat called Marmalade. Flo is a really relatable main character, with a frank, funny inner monologue, and I really felt like I could have been friends with her. Rory is a fairly infuriating first experience of a boyfriend, but he felt really real. And Zach, the nephew of Flo’s boss who comes in to help out in the bookstore, the tattooed photographer with a motorbike and a penchant for leaving cups of coffee in places where they definitely should not be, is a real dreamboat, even if Flo doesn’t think so. Florence’s fractured, funny family, where her two half-sisters and stepmother feel like the real family and she’s the tagalong from the first marriage, feels very real, as she tries to cope with her feelings of isolation from the family unit, but the love between them is still solid and heartwarming. And I absolutely loved Mia and her feelings about her wedding, together with her mother’s outrageous reactions to the wedding day scandals.
All in all, a funny and warm book that felt like just what I needed to cheer me up in these strange times.