**Listed Today**: Fun and friendly professional just arrived from London seeks room in central location, double bed preferred, ex-boyfriend optional extra.
Armed with a super-sized backpack full of optimism, Jess sets off in search of sun, sea and a much-needed new beginning.
Things don’t get off to a good start.
Instead of sunshine, she’s met with torrential rain. Her job prospects are as dismal as the weather and that friend-of-a-friend she was meant to stay with has fallen through. Just as Jess is homeless, jobless and wishing she’d gone for the waterproof mascara, she runs into the last person she expected to see. Sam. The ex she never got over. Jess always believed that one day fate would bring them back together. Now he’s here, more gorgeous than ever.
Before she knows it, Jess is accepting Sam’s offer to stay in his spare room. But while she may have been less than truthful about the mess she’s in, there is also one rather important thing Sam has neglected to mention.
Suddenly Jess isn’t just living with her ex, but with his new girlfriend too. All of that baggage she thought she left behind may have caught up with her…
A touching, funny and uplifting look at how finding and losing love can lead you to discover yourself along the way. Fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Sophie Kinsella and classic rom coms like My Best Friend’s Wedding will love Elizabeth Neep’s wit and warmth.
Touching, Thoughtful & Enjoyable!
If you’ve ever been stuck in a rut, making wrong choices all the time – then this is the novel for you!
Jess set off for the other side of the world hoping for a fresh start; with her career having stuttered to a halt and a seeming inability to move on from her last relationship which ended three years ago, a new beginning sounds like the ideal motivation. However, when her promised accommodation falls through and she finds herself roaming the streets of Sydney jobless, homeless and – let’s face it – not exactly looking her best in the pouring rain, the last person she expects to meet is the aforementioned ex . . .
This is very different to other rom-coms I’ve read of late, and it took me a bit of time to get into it. I dithered between getting frustrated at Jess’s decisions and understanding them. However, this is a book well worth sticking with as the story must apply to so many and isn’t all hearts and roses but an extremely well thought out tale. With some ups and a lot more downs, the author keeps the story flowing well and moving on without glossing over the more difficult times and it’s not only an enjoyable read but a very thoughtful one too. It’s definitely worth carrying on to find out why Elizabeth Neep wrote the novel; I felt everything clicked into place when I read that! Touching, funny and enjoyable this is one I’m very happy to give four stars.
Thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: romantic comedy
- Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook
- Size: 339 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture
- Publication Date: 1 May 2020
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Elizabeth Neep was born in 1990 in Derbyshire and now lives in London Bridge. After studying Law at the University of Nottingham and the University of New South Wales, she worked in magazine journalism, most noticeably writing for Dazed and Confused and PETRIe. Elizabeth now works as a non-fiction Senior Commissioning Editor and writes and paints in her spare time.