Tuesday, 10 February 2015

As Good As It Gets? – by Fiona Gibson

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My own copy
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The blurb:

A warm, funny read for fans of Outnumbered and the novels of Fern Britton, Fiona writes about life as it really is.

“Midlife crisis? WHAT midlife crisis?!”

Charlotte Bristow is worried about her husband Will. With her 16-year-old daughter Rosie newly signed to a top modelling agency, and Will recently out of a job, things are changing in their household.

As Will dusts down his old leather trousers and starts partying with their new, fun neighbours, Charlotte begins to wonder what on earth is going on.

So when Fraser, Charlotte’s ex – and father of Rosie – suddenly arrives back on the scene, she starts to imagine what might have been…

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This is my second Fiona Gibson book and I liked the first one Take Mum Out but something was kind off missing there. In this one I was caught up from the start and I enjoyed every second of the story.

Charlotte has a lot going on in her life. The relationship to her husband Will is a bit rosty and boring.They have been together for 15 years now, but he is distant and some of his actions are weird. He is definitely not what you have in mind thinking about a loving husband. Does he have secrets?! Of course, he is unemployed and it’s hard to find a job, but… I found myself questioning all of his moves and so did Charlotte. Their relationship was a bit of mystery, but it made the story dramatic and interesting. I wanted them to fin a way and fall in love all over again. But then her ex Fraser contacts her out of the blue. Fraser is Rosie’s dad, Will knows that, but now that Fraser wants to meet his daughter…

Rosie is a great character. She is discovered by a modelling agency while shopping in Forever 21. This takes her on a journey about modelling, but also about lots of other things. What will she make out of these experiences?! I loved how Will and Charlotte supported their daughter throughout this adventure. There was also Ollie, their 11-year-old son, who brought freshness and fun into the story. All the characters were well lined out and they all had something to tell. Yes, it was all Charlotte talking about her perspective, but Rosie, Will and Ollie all had their own part, which was great.

The return of Fraser makes Charlotte’s life even more complicated, she begins to think about what could have been. It’s her journey of finding out what she really wants in life and of what is important. Ups and downs are normal and she learns to deal with all these situations.

Fiona’s writing is funny, exciting, warm and full of surprises. The storyline is very entertaining and full of life. Fiona created a story which reminds me of home and family. It’s authentic and genuine, like real life.


My possible cast:

Charlotte: Emma Stone

Will: Patrick Dempsey

Rosie: Barbara Palvin

Ollie: Daniel Huttlestone

Fiona on Twitter: @FionaGibson
Website: http://fionagibson.com

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