Monday, 30 April 2018

Book Review - A Bicycle Made For Two by Mary Jayne Baker - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #96

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Title: A Bicycle Made For Two
Author: Mary Jayne Baker
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Mirror Books
Publication Date: 4th February 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Chock-full of colourful characters, bawdy wit and a bit of love and passion for good measure. 

In a lost corner of the Yorkshire Dales, Lana Donati runs a medieval theme restaurant with her brother. As a distraction to help them get over losing the father they loved dearly, and as a tribute to his passion for the beautiful area they live in, Lana hatches a plan to boost business for everyone by having the Grand D├ępart route pass through their village. 

But this entails getting the small community to work together to convince the decision-makers that their beloved village is Tour material. Not an easy task when the people involved include Lana's shy, unlucky-in-love brother Tom, the man-eating WI chair Yolanda, bickering spouses Gerry and Sue, arrogant celebrity Harper Brady, and Lana's (attractive) arch-nemesis, former pro cyclist turned bike shop owner, Stewart McLean, whose offbeat ideas might just cost them everything. 

Well its not every day you get to start a book set in a medieval theme restaurant with the main character being a wench of a waitress. And that is just the start of this book's quirkiness and fun, with the rest of it coming from the campaign to bring the Grand Depart of the Tour De France, to Lona Donati's little village. 

The entire village helps in the fundraising and campaign to get their village recognised as something special even having to fight animal rights protestors, and come up will all manner of fun things to attract the attention of the decision makers. 

Yet quite early on I had a lump in my throat at the emotion in the story, and is related to Lana's motivations for bringing the Grand Depart to the village. 

For the past few years Lana and her brother Tom have not really had a chance for romance, and now things are changing.  I loved both of their stories, and their potential relationships.  

There are just so many laughs and smiles to be had in this book, and I found it an incredibly entertaining story from an author that I definitely need to keep reading more from.  

Thank you to Netgalley and Mirror Books for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

Thank you to everyone that picked this in a huge landslide vote last week, I agree with you all the cover really is gorgeous.  So what will be reviewed this time next week, check out the choices and make your decision! 

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