Blurb: It’s Zoe and Jack’s first wedding anniversary party. They’ve got an announcement! They’re getting divorced…
Marriage isn’t for everyone – something that Zoe and Jack discovered only after they’d walked down the aisle. Bad timing, huh? So now they’re stuck together in their once harmonious marital home, neither one of them willing to move out of their lovely house.
With Zoe’s three sisters always wanting a say, and Jack’s best friend trying his best to fix things between them, misunderstandings arise. Tempers flare. ‘Accidents’ happen…
Zoe and Jack are going to be lucky if they’re still alive when the twelve months are up. But maybe things aren’t quite as final as they seem?
Review: This book could have had a lot going for it, but unfortunately the main character Zoe was very poorly written and simply came across as being very immature and selfish. Not to mention thoroughly annoying. I actually had no idea why her new husband Jack was with her – he could do a lot better.
Indeed this is one of the mysteries of this shaky romance – Zoe is surrounded by an absolute bevy of totally charming friends and family who are very generous, kind and patient with her rank stupidity and downright cruelty. I would much rather the main character could have been someone – anyone! – else.
That said, the premise of a newly wedded couple opting for divorce is an interesting one, but poorly executed here. Such a shame.
Anne Brooke Books
The plot involving the mad nanny really needs to be put to sleep now, on a permanent basis – it’s very 1980s and very dull. And actually, I have no idea why it appears as such a main item in this book as it doesn’t need it – I had the feeling that Moriarty was trying too hard to jazz the chick lit genre up a little, but adding a (boring) thriller element to it just isn’t the answer.
It was also strange that all the characters are dull, flat and whine a lot up until p242 (in my paperback copy) when something exciting and funny happens, hurrah! The scene here with new friend Poppy telling the gals how honest she’s been with her new man is hysterical and very satisfying indeed – why can’t Poppy be the main character? That would be a wonderful read for sure!
Anyway, after the marvellous page 242, it was as if the author suddenly woke up and starting giving us a decent story – well apart from the crazed nanny thing (yawn) and our super-shallow irritating heroine. More than that, the minor characters start to feel real for the first time and I even began to fall in love with the ‘in your face’ sister Babs, from a position of absolutely hating her at the beginning! Now, give me a novel with Poppy and Babs in and I’m definitely buying it …
So, something of a mishmash but with some good characters in secondary roles, once the author got round to writing them.
5 out of 10.
Anne Brooke Books
Pink Champagne and Apple Juice is now republished on Amazon at 99p only!
Angie Howard has one ambition – to escape from her home in the idyllic Essex Countryside and set up her own cafe in London. Once there, she seeks out her long-lost Uncle John, whose lifestyle is not at all what she expected.
Before she can achieve her goal, she has to juggle the needs of a sexy French waiter, a grouchy German chef and her exuberant, transvestite uncle. What’s more, if she manages to keep the lid on all that, what will she do about the other hidden secrets of her family?
“a great, laid back story with many twists to keep you laughing” (Dark Diva Reviews)
I hope you enjoy the read!
Anne Brooke Books