You’re The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

      Published by Penguin in May 2014

“Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben – best man and the best friend any two people ever had.

And that’s the problem.

Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it…”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for sending me this book to read and give an honest review. I had previously read this author’s debut novel (review here) and I was keen to find out if her second book would be as good as the first.

I’m pleased to say it definitely was!

The storyline centered around three friends – Maddy, Ben and Rob. The beginning of the book took me back to their childhood and explained how they became friends in the first place. I took a liking to each one of them for different reasons and as they grew up on the pages in front of me I felt like I knew them all personally.

The authors writing style was comfortable and easy to read, it enabled me to be pulled into the storyline in a big way, I just couldn’t put the book down – just one more page always turned into about fifty more pages!

I was so conflicted about the love triangle, I simply couldn’t decide which way I wanted Maddy to go. My opinion literally changed from page to page and I hoped something would happen to help me make up my mind once and for all. Sadly, for me, that didn’t happen so I was left undecided even after I’d finished.

This was an addictive read that pulled me in and wouldn’t let go!

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Billy and Me – Giovanna Fletcher

Billy and me

“Sophie May has a secret.

One that she’s successfully kept for years.  It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.

But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make it to the top.  And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.

Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention.  Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy?  And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?”

Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I had already read some good reviews for it so I was very excited to get started.

The story began with an introduction to Sophie’s life, it also hinted at something unpleasant from her past and I was just dying to find out what the big secret was.  When I finally did discover what Sophie had been hiding I was surprised because I thought it would be something worse!

I enjoyed reading about the teashop where Sophie worked, from the descriptions I found it so easy to picture the shop in my mind particularly her boss Molly and the elderly customers with their blunt words :).  Speaking of Molly, I absolutely adored her character – she was definitely one of my favourites and I could see why Sophie loved her so much.

When news came that a movie was going to be filmed in the village I was not expecting Sophie’s calm reaction, the rest of the village was super excited but she seemed to be very unenthusiastic about the idea.  However, by the time the film crew arrived Sophie was just as excited as the rest of the village, even though her celebrity crush Jude Law wouldn’t be involved.

Sophie and Billy’s first meeting was cute and really made me smile, I was hooked on their blossoming romance especially after an incredibly romantic first date.  As their relationship progressed and Billy’s career skyrocketed Sophie found herself being thrust into the spotlight and her life changed dramatically, she still managed to hold on to her down-to-earth ways though and this was something I liked.  There were so many of Sophie’s characteristics that I could relate to (mainly her shyness) and I felt rather protective of her so when Billy began acting selfishly I wanted to jump into the book and tell him off on Sophie’s behalf!

There were lots of great moments throughout the book, some of my favourites included the opening performance at the theatre (Sophie got a bit of a shock on that occasion), a confrontation with a rude customer at the coffee shop and a night at the BAFTAs.

The author has a very natural writing style so I found myself flicking through the pages with ease, it ended up being so much more than I had expected (and my expectations were quite high anyway), it was far more emotional than I thought it would be especially towards the end when I had tears pouring down my face!

This was a fantastic read that made me smile, frown and cry – a truly touching story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Actress and freelance journalist, Giovanna is married to Tom Fletcher from McFly.  She grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and spent most of her childhood talking to herself (it seems no one wanted to listen) or reading books.  Giovanna is a firm believer in the power of magpies and positive energy.  She has over 118k followers on Twitter and her blog has over 8000 hits daily.

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Billy and Me is published by Penguin Books and can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.