Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Book Review - Catch Me If You Cannes by Lisa Dickenson

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Title: Catch Me If You Cannes
Author: Lisa Dickenson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Sphere
Publication Date: 3rd April 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

Jess has decided it's time to get out of her comfort zone and live a little. So when her best friend Bryony, a journalist on a gossip magazine, is sent to cover the Cannes Film Festival, Jess decides to seize the day and go along for the ride. Two weeks of sun, glamour and exclusive entry into celeb-filled parties is just the kind of adventure Jess needs.

Reality soon bites though when Jess and Bryony find they're staying in a dingy hotel far away from all the action and Bryony's expenses budget barely covers a glass of local wine. Undeterred, the two women are determined to live like the elite and enjoy one fancy night out to begin their holiday. So what if they have to tell a few white lies along the way? It's just this once. No harm done . . . right?

Full of hilarious one-liners, sparkling blue seas and plenty of romantic moments, Catch Me If You Cannes is the story of two friends, a few white lies and one very sticky situation . . . 

If you are going on holiday this year then pick up a copy of Catch Me If You Cannes as it is perfect summer holiday reading. It's quick witted, hilarious, set during the Canne Film Festival and is generally a delightful story to read. 

It is split into four parts that all follow on from each other, but if you are are just trying to read for a short time, aim to read it part by part...although that may just lead you to reading the book in once sitting due to the mini cliffhangers, that make you want to continue reading regardless of real life pressures. 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to try and infiltrate the gliterati at the Cannes Film Festival? Well that is exactly what Jess and Bryone manage with all manner of hilarious outcomes. There are some little white lies, some brilliant parties attended, both of their wallets take a beating, as they attempt to fit in somewhere they arguably shouldn't be. 

Bryony is a journalist and is attempting to dig up some dirt on the festival to try and make a breakthrough int more hard hitting journalism than her work at Sleb lets her. With her investigating and active imagination, it leads to all kinds of assumptions. 

I warmed to Jess from the first sentence of the book, which gave a great insight as to potentially the sort of character she would be.  Not too long into her first day in Cannes she meets a gorgeous man, and I loved seeing how their story developed, along with their addiction to Nutella Crepes! 

With the whole book I really felt as though I was there besides the characters, that I could feel the sun beating down in me in the South of France, as they experience Cannes during the crazy two weeks of the Festival. I loved their day trip to Monaco, and could picture everything so clearly that i thought I was there too. 

Every second of Catch Me If You Cannes had me smiling, feeling so happy that I was able to enjoy this fabulous book. It is such a joyous reading experience, quick paced, the whole story takes place over just two weeks, and what an action packed two weeks it is.   The sense of humour in the book was great, as was everything to do with Catch Me If You Cannes. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Sphere for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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