It is a pleasure to be involved in the blog tour for ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ by Giovanna Fletcher. Many thanks to Katie from Michael Joseph for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:
Happiness can be found where you least expect it . . .
When the love of your life says you’re not The One, what next?
After celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks Lizzy and Ian are about to get engaged.
Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future.
Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ‘better half’.
But how much has Ian changed her, and who is she without him?
Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .
What does TWG think?
There are times in life when you just need to read an uplifting, awe-inspiring, heartfelt novel,. Before I read ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’, I was definitely in the mindset of ‘omg can someone take me away from all this shizzle….’. I needed to read a book that allowed me to escape, give me hope and try to defrost the several layers around my heart.
Did it work?
At first I thought the storyline was a bit too sickly sweet, however, within a couple of chapters Lizzy’s world began to overshadow my grumpy mood and I ended up losing myself in hers and Connie’s lives.
Lizzy has been with her boyfriend for over ten years. They live together. Their lives are merged, yet for Lizzy, something is missing. I say something like it’s a very small thing, but it’s not. It’s something that Lizzy has been waiting for. It’s something that Lizzy’s friends and family have been waiting for. That said, it’s NOT something that Ian, her boyfriend, has been waiting for. All I will say here is that if Ian deserved extremely colourful language, and I may….just MAY have accidentally, probably, purposely…….called him a c-bomb out loud whilst my daughter was asleep (thankfully). Don’t look at me like that, he deserved it! Look, I have nothing against his choice as such because if he chooses that something isn’t for him, then who is anyone to judge? What I was miffed about was the way in which he conducted his twat-ism, because lets face it, he was very twattish.
I loved how we got to watch Lizzy blossom again, as she tried to find the confidence to spread her wings and live life selfishly. It’s clear that the last ten years of her life had been exciting, but it was also clear that those ten years ended up changing Lizzy. I know, I know – time does change people, it’s when you end up losing sight of yourself that you have a problem. Luckily Lizzy realised that, but it came with a price.
Even though I did think that the storyline was a bit too sickly to begin with (I blame my foul mood), I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book as the uplifting theme was very contagious. I’ll admit that I wasn’t in the frame of mind to suddenly make over my life, yet ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ made me want to do that. I adore Giovanna Fletcher’s heartfelt writing style as I could tell that the author believed in everything she was writing, even the uncertain parts in the book. I also loved how colourful all of the characters were – take a look at Connie for example. A woman who considered swiping left or right a pastime, yet Tinder ended up becoming an after thought. The personalities of the characters in this book could not be more different and whilst I thought that was a brilliant move, I found it to be brave as I’m sure a lot of readers may find some of their personality traits a little….shall we say, questionable? I didn’t…FYI. I laughed out loud and rubbed my genie lamp (no…that’s not a euphemism….I’m not Lizzy’s sister!) as I wanted a best friend like Connie!
Speaking of Lizzy’s sister. Hahahaha omg, Michelle is a hoot and again, even if you weren’t aware of Giovanna’s background from the media, you can definitely tell that the author has children because half of the things that were written involving Michelle just couldn’t have been Googled. High five sister!
All in all, ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ truly is, some kind of wonderful. I mean, it doesn’t matter whether you are in the most rubbish mood ever to begin with, or whether you’re sitting on your bed naked singing ‘All By Myself’ before starting this book, as I can guarantee that this book will end up making you laugh out loud, sigh with hope, and think about your own life whilst dusting off your SClub7 cd’s.
Giovanna Fletcher has a magical way of writing, and ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ is proof of that. An all round, gem of a book which made me feel rather cosy. ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ indeed!