Blurb: Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.
Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.
Review: Well it sure has been a while since I have devoured a Sophie Kinsella novel. I’m ashamed to say I’m soo behind and have lots to be reading amongst the ever increasing TBR pile. But having said that when this little beauty came up on my radar via Twitter and Netgalley I knew almost instantly that it was a book I needed to fast track on my TBR list.
Reading Kate/Cat’s story made me look at how we and me in particular look at social media and my I was shocked by how true to life it is. Sophie always writes relatable stories with real loveable characters and I was drawn to Kate almost instantly. I loved that where she was living in London in Catford is not far from where I live and work myself. I don’t get the train to work these days I can either walk or get on the bus but her descriptions of the train and tube are spot on and it made me remember my somewhat pained expressions on a regular basis.
What I love about Kate is her determination and it really has made me question some of my own choices. Throughout she has stuck to what she believes in even though it made her unhappy in one aspect and unappreciated in another. The roller-coaster of events are real and shape Kate’s life experiences and ultimately the end result and relationships for her.
I have to mention Demeter ( she did kind of make me think of Meryl Streep circa The Devil Wears Pravda) she was an interesting character one that you love to hate but what I loved is under that sharp exterior she has the biggest heart of that team. But I won’t say anymore than that as you deserve to find out first hand like I did.
Sophie Kinsella writes a book that stays with you. If you want a fun, feel good read that also makes you think then look no further your bookshelf needs this beauty.
Before I end I have to say I’m so sorry that this review was started so long ago and was left in my drafts waiting to be finished and posted. When I finished this book I was raving about it and this should have been instant. This is me catching up and also listening to my poll via Twitter.