The L.A. Commandments – Gillian Duffy

“Joanne Kavanagh and best friend Suzie pack their bags and swap dreary, depressing Dublin for the cool Californian coast. Both are determined to start a new life in the land of opportunity, leaving behind the recession and their complicated families.

They make a pact at the airport to stick religiously to the ‘LA Commandments’, a list of ten ‘Thou Shalt Nots’ for their new life in LA, including ‘Thou Shall Not Fall in Love,’ but when Jo befriends sexy, shy musician Marc, and Suzie falls for womanizing bar-man Chris, not only are the commandments at risk of being broken, but also the girls’ hearts…

With all California has to offer —sunshine, shopping, killer nightlife, and drop-dead-gorgeous men, will the girls stay faithful to the LA Commandments?”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author (@GillianPDuffy on Twitter) for sending me this eBook of her debut novel to read and review.

When I read the synopsis I knew that this would be my kind of book and it didn’t take long for it to capture my interest, the idea of moving to California for a year-long adventure really intrigued me (it is definitely something that I would love to do) and I couldn’t wait to find out how it would all go for Jo and Suzie.

I got so involved with all the characters in the story, I seemed to feel everything they were feeling – happiness, sadness, hope and shock.  By the time I got to the end of the book I felt like I knew them all personally.  I loved the close friendship between Jo and Suzie, you could tell that they had an unbreakable bond and would always be there for one another.  I quickly took a liking to the handsome, quiet Marc then proceeded to fall a little bit in love with him and his lovely ways.  Paul was also a favourite of mine, he seemed very sweet and I was really hoping that Suzie would give him a chance.

From the descriptions of the places Jo and Suzie visit in California I found myself easily picturing the bars and beaches, I felt sunny and warm just reading about it!

Aside from all the fun and frolics there were some serious issues that were raised such as alcoholism and the effect it can have on family members – this is something I have personal experience of and I felt that it was accurately and sensitively written.

There were so many emotional twists and turns in the story that I was truly kept on my toes and somehow the ending still managed to shock me, I just didn’t see it coming and I even read through the last few pages again to make sure I had actually read it correctly!

If you’re looking for fun, drama, laughs, shocks and the kind of romance that makes your heart flutter, then this book is for you.

The L.A. Commandments can be purchased from Amazon.

To find out more about Gillian Duffy and The L.A. Commandments visit the Facebook page here.  Gillian’s next book is due to be released in September.