Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Book Review - Getting Over Gary by Jessica Redland

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Title: Getting Over Gary (Whitsborough Bay Book 2)
Author: Jessica Redland
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: So Vain Books
Publication Date: 3rd March 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

It was supposed to be the perfect fairy-tale. Elise married her childhood sweetheart, Gary, straight out of college, and they’ve been happy together for over twelve years. Elise is now desperate to start a family, but Gary doesn’t seem to share her enthusiasm anymore. Arriving home early from a party, she discovers why: Gary’s been keeping a secret from her. A very big secret. 

While her own marriage appears to be falling apart, being a supportive bridesmaid for her best friend, Sarah, isn’t easy. Especially not when Clare, her nemesis from day one, is one of the other bridesmaids. If she’s going to get through it, she needs to put her own feelings aside, find herself again, and get over Gary. Fast. 

Could recently-divorced Daniel be the tonic Elise needs, or is he full of secrets and lies too? Is his hostile, but strangely attractive brother, Michael, the genuine article instead? And why do the good guys like Stevie turn her down? 

But then Elise discovers she has a secret of her own and getting over Gary suddenly becomes the least of her worries…

Having really enjoyed Searching for Steven, I was very curious to see what Jessica Redland's new book would be like. Imagine my delight when I see that it centres around Elise, who is Sarah's best friend, and as a result we get to see more of Sarah who I really liked in the first book, and more of various characters that I already knew. 

Before I go any further, although this is a sequel, or continuation of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone, as the focus of main character is completely different. As mentioned though there are recurring characters, and I really do hope we will get to know even more of the lovely characters in Whitsborough Bay in the future). 

Elise gets the surprise of her life when she arrives home early and catches her husband up to no good. Not only is he up to no good, but he has been living a lie for his whole life. Obviously the marriage is pretty much over at this point, and its up to Elise to get over her soon to be ex husband Gary. 

Elise doesn't just have her heartbreak to contend with, her sister announces she is pregnant (something that Elise wishes she was), and her best friend is getting married, and Elise is to be bridesmaid, along with Sarah's other friend who Elise doesn't really get along with. 

And then there are the potential men who could be the ones to help Elise get over Gary for good. They include brothers Michael and Daniel, who couldn't be more different, as well as friend Stevie. Since this is fiction, and of course it wouldn't be anywhere near as interesting a story with just all that going on, there are then some hidden unforeseen complications too, just to really mess with Elise's head. 

I loved the sense of humour in the writing, and the complicated situation Elise manoevered herself into. At one point you need to try and keep up with who knows what and why , about a secret. 

I'm becoming a real fan of Jessica Redland's Whitsborough Bay series, and can't wait for the next installment. If you like a good romantic comedy, that has some sticky situations and a bit of depth to it, then I would recommend you try this book. 

Thanks to Netgalley and So Vain Books for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

Happy Publication Day to Jessica Redland. Getting Over Gary is out today!


  1. Sounds about as complicated as relationships get! Fab review. Thanks for sharing, Rachel! Well done, Jessica. :) xx

    1. Thanks so much Sheryl :-) xx

  2. Thank you so much for reviewing Getting Over Gary, Rachel. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and you've absolutely made my day with your last paragraph! I'm relieved that you think the book can be read as a stand alone. I was hoping I'd managed to achieve that! Book 3 is nearly finished now and you'll definitely hear more about your new 'friends'!

    Really appreciate your support.

    Jessica xx


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