This is only the 4th Book of the Month that I’ve ever chosen but it’s easily the hardest. April 2015 has been an incredible month for fiction (with some pretty fantastic non-fiction too!) and has seen some cracking additions to our bookshelves. Despite all of the top notch books I read this month (they’ve all been 4 or 5 stars/shoes…) I have managed to choose a favourite and I’m pretty happy with my choice.
My Book of the Month for April 2015 goes to The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood. I had been hearing so much about this book before I delved into the wonderful world of Jessica Beam and so I had unnaturally high expectations about this book. Would it live up to them? HELL YES! It was fantastic. Kirsty Greenwood is out-of-this-world and her writing is in a league of it’s own. If you read one book this year make sure it’s this one…and if you don’t believe me it has ONLY 5* reviews over on Amazon. Surely that’s the sign of one heck of a good book?
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 makeover 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 . . .
As I mentioned earlier, April was a really great month for new releases so I have two special mentions to include this month and they go to The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson and A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install.
The Day We Disappeared had an amazing twist that blew my mind & A Robot in the Garden was an outstanding debut. If you’re stuck for something to read this month then try either of these two books. They will capture your imagination, shock you, make you laugh, intrigue you and keep you reading waaay past your bedtime.
Annie has a secret. But if she’s not going to tell, we won’t either. It’s a heart-breaking secret she wishes she didn’t have – yet Annie isn’t broken, not quite yet. Especially now there’s someone out there who seems determined to fix her.
Kate has run away. But she’s not going to tell us why – that would defeat the point of running, wouldn’t it? It’s proving difficult to reinvent herself, however, with one person always on her mind.
Scratch beneath the surface and nobody is really who they seem. Even Annie and Kate, two old friends, aren’t entirely sure who they are any more. Perhaps you can work it out, before their pasts catch up with them for good . . .
A gripping and unpredictable story of two young women running from their pasts. We defy you to guess the twist . . .
Warm-hearted fable of a stay-at-home husband who learns an important lesson in life when an unusual creature enters his life.
With all the charm and humour of THE ROSIE PROJECT and ABOUT A BOY mingled with the heart-swelling warmth of PADDINGTON BEAR MOVIE.
A story of the greatest friendship ever assembled.
Ben Chambers wakes up to find something rusty and lost underneath the willow tree in his garden. Refusing to throw it on the skip as his wife Amy advises, he takes it home.