Friday, 3 August 2018

Book Review - A Match Made in Devon by Cathy Bramley

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Title:  A Match Made in Devon
Author: Cathy Bramley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Publication Date: 26th July 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Sometimes you have to play a part to realise who you really are…

Nina has always dreamed of being a star. Unfortunately her agent thinks she’s more girl-next-door than leading lady and her acting career isn't going quite as planned. Then, after a series of very public blunders and to escape a gathering storm of paparazzi, Nina is forced to flee from London.

Her plan is to lay low with a friend in Devon, in beautiful Brightside Cove. But soon Nina learns that more drama can be found in a small village than on a hectic television set.

And when a gorgeous man (and his adorable dog) catch her eye, it’s not long before London and showbiz start to lose their appeal. Will Nina choose to return to the bright lights or has she met her match in Brightside Cove?

Wow Cathy Bramley has done it again, this is simply superb, I loved every moment of it.  Originally published in four parts, I have read the combined version, but can safely say that each of these parts had distinct story elements and by the last one a significant amount of things happening in it. 

In terms of sheer light heartedness and fun Part 2: The Hen Party was my favourite section of the book, and the whole hen party really entertained me.  In terms of sheer wow and how on earth did that all fit into one section of a book then part four: The Leading Lady was a favourite as I was so impressed by the writings and plots in this section. 

As an overall book it works incredibly well and kept me hooked and interested at all times.  I was never really sure what Nina would end up deciding about her life and career and I was thoroughly enjoying finding out alongside  her. 

I fell in love with the location of Brightside Cove in Devon, which sounded like it really is the perfect retreat from the thrust of London living. Getting to know all the various people in the cove was enjoyable and watch out for Eliza and her Mermaid school, Mabel the loveable dog, Jethro the tourist hating shop keeper amongst others. 

The reason Nina disappeared to Devon in the first place is due to a hilarious incident  that happened to go viral and potentially threaten her career. The whole of the first quarter of the book is dealing with the aftermath of that and it was really enjoyable seeing how it would turn out. 

There are some truly memorable scenes including the the body painters, any scene involving the mermaids, and there is one rather emotional skype call that was rather eye opening and informative, and put into place a lot of answers to various questions about Nina and her brother Archie. 

A truly fabulous story that was a joy to read, and if you want to know who is the Match Made in Devon then you really need to read it for yourself! 

Thank you to Netgalley and Transworld Digital for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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