“When the going gets tough Freya Johnson gets going!
Humiliated by her boyfriend the day she turns thirty, Freya boards a last minute flight to Corfu to visit her best friend Emma. Little does she know – this holiday will change her life forever.
Enter Hollywood film star Nicholas Kaden whose entourage is stirring up the village of Kassiopi while filming his new movie. He’s hot, he’s unexpectedly different, but is he for real?
Caught up in a media frenzy, feeling unwelcome and uncomfortable in Nicholas’ movie world, Freya battles with the ghosts of her past and the uncertainty of her future. Can she help Emma, keep her own big secret and find out what Nicholas is hiding, before she feels the urge to run away again?”
I got this eBook when it was available as a free download from Amazon (current price 77p), I’m a big fan of Mandy’s writing so I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this one.
The story began with Freya colouring her hair red in the toilets of an airport and this created all sorts of questions in my mind, these were answered pretty quickly so that everything suddenly made sense. Freya was a fantastic character who I just seemed to ‘get’, I loved her feisty and sarcastic sense of humour, I could relate to her weight issues and seeing as I also turned 30 recently I felt like I understood where she was coming from.
There were so many laugh out loud moments throughout the book and Freya just made them funnier with her reactions – there was a scene on an airplane involving a very difficult child that was particularly funny so look out for that part. As well as the laughs there were also some really heartbreaking times when I felt desperately sad for her, in my eyes this all added up to make a well-rounded book that covered every angle.
I enjoyed Freya’s romance with Nicholas (who was super hot and super sweet all at the same time) but for me it was her friendship with Emma that really stood out – they had such a loyal and close friendship that I couldn’t help but be touched by.
Halfway through came a massive shock with the return of Freya’s ex-boyfriend and an announcement that made my jaw hit the floor! From that moment on there were a lot of changes for everyone and lots of secrets were revealed, none of which I could have predicted.
Mandy’s style of writing is comfortable and concise, I loved how she managed to mix humour with weight issues and even serious health issues without any of it feeling odd or out-of-place.
The ending was fabulous and left me with a big smile on my face, Public Property is the sequel to this book and I already have it on my Kindle so I’m looking forward to finding out what happened next for Freya.
This was a bright and humorous one day read, I was hooked from the first to the last word.
You can find my previous reviews of Mandy Baggot’s books here.