Sunday, 5 June 2016

Book Review - How to Find your (First) Husband by Rosie Blake

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Title: How to Find your (First) Husband
Author: Rosie Blake
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied review copy
Publisher: Corvus
Publication Date: 2nd June 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Isobel Graves moved to LA determined to be the Next Big Thing. Instead, she is dressed as a giant prawn handing out fliers promoting a fish market. Rather than attending glamorous parties and dating exciting men, her evenings consist of watching box sets with her sort-of boyfriend, whose idea of romance is a late-night drunken text.

Where did it all go wrong?

When Isobel catches sight of Andrew Parker, her childhood sweetheart, in the background of a TV news story she feels it's a sign. If she'd stuck with Andrew everything would have turned out better. Now she just needs to find him...

Join Isobel as she travels from LA to Devon and to a remote Malaysian island in search of true love.

I loved this book, so much that I read it in a very short amount of time. It is full of amusing sections, incredibly sweet reminiscences of a childhood "romance" and a borderline stalkerish hunt for Isobel's first love. 

For when Isobel was still in school, she and Andrew Parker had a wedding in the playground, however she was then dumped a few weeks later, and then Andrew left the school, and Isobel has been without closure since. Unlike some of her childhood friends she never did the playground divorce thing with Andrew, and still considers them married, even after he cursed her to never have another husband. 

Fast forward to adulthood and Isbobel is living in LA, doesn't exactly have the life of her dreams, and finds herself continually daydreaming about what could have been with her and Andrew. So when she spots him in the background of a newsclip, she decides the only thing to do is to find him, and persuade him to fall in love with her. 

What follows is a fabulous story as Isobel travels to England and then onto Malaysia in order to find him. 

As much as I loved all the lead up and the initial search for Andrew, it was once Isobel was on the various flights to get to Tioman Island, Malaysia, that I felt the story really kicked up a gear, as Isobel starts to rediscover who she really is. 

Anyone that has seen some of my reviews previously, may by now realise that I love books with exotic locations, and this one was fantastic, although I didn't get a feel for Malaysia itself, there was definitely a wild small island feel to the story, with beach huts, local wildlife and a new group of friends all determined to have a fantastic summer. 

Rosie Blake's storytelling skills are as amusing as they are enchanting in this delightful story about re-discovering your first love and friendship. 

Thank you so much to Alison Davies at Corvus for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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