Publication Date: Out now!!!
Formats: Hardback & Ebook
Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £4.99
Publisher: Viking (Penguin)
I would like to say a huge thank you to Ellie Hudson and Viking team for inviting me onto this wonderful book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Viking for allowing me to read and review a copy of this fantastic book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, Lizzy Dent, for creating another heartwarming, funny and charming book about believing in yourself and that love doesn’t actually have to be that complicated or dramatic it can actually just be warm and comfortable. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.
She has a plan….
Fate has other ideas….
There are two men in my life. But this is not a love triangle.
Mara Williams reads her horoscope every day – but she wasn’t expecting to be in a whole other country when destiny finally found her. Just as the fortune teller reveals that her true love is about to arrive, a gorgeous stranger literally walks into her life. And now Mara is determined to bring them together again…. Surely even fate needs a nudge in the right direction sometimes?
But while Mara is getting ready for “the One”, the universe intervenes. Her new flat mate Ash is funny and kind, and sexy as hell….There was no predicting this; it’s as if her destiny just arrived on her doorstep.
So will Mara put her destiny in fate’s hands? – or finally trust herself to reach for the stars.
Wow, this book really held my heart in its hands. We follow the main character Mara, as she tries to find meaning through her horoscopes and also through what a psychic in Budapest, Hungary told her (as the psychic was pregnant all I can see is that she was telling poor Mara anything to get her to leave) which then leads onto her obsession with a complete stranger, who seems to answer the psychics predictions (well let’s make this a bit more clearer, what Mara really paid more attention to and filled in what she didn’t understand). I loved Mara as a character but you also get frustrated with her as she follows these predictions as fact rather than what we know as being just a bland words put together that could potentially happen to people or not. For Mara she strives to get that sign or message and whatever it is that happens it was meant to be or was written that day.
Obviously this story is never going to be a simple you meet someone band that’s it happy ever after… as we realise that maybe what Mara has been seeking is actually the person that’s her flatmate, walk-in Ash, who’s by far drawn to be what should be the love interest, but as we continue on reading it becomes clear that Mara is her own worst enemy, she doesn’t see what everyone else sees that her blindness in following advice from horoscopes and psychics might be just a tad unhealthy and a bit obsessive. That what she doesn’t realise is that love is a give – give transaction and that to ignore your own instinct could hurt not only you but other people.
What makes me love Mara, is that she feels she has to control every aspect of her life and her love life through these little guidances and advice from the stars, as her life has been one of chaos and she feels underachieving and that to have someone or something tell her what to do is freeing and just makes sense. When in actual fact it’s burying your head in the sand and not listening to what you want or need to do. I have never really taken any of these snipets as facts and most of the time find them hilarious and a bit silly, but wanting to make sense out chaos that’s happening to you or in the world is an understandable thing and makes me want to give her a hug and say it’s ok to make mistakes in both love and life, you will learn, but maybe just really listen to yourself first before turning to the stars.
I really loved Ash, as a man to have that kindness and understanding, wow what a treasure. To also have that amount of patience when dealing with all of Mara’s silliness and naivety in what she does and tries to do for her plan to date this guy who she’s never really spoken to or known is one that leaves you groaning and slapping your head saying “Mara!!! They guy you need is right there in front of you!!!!”. This book is one that you need to just sit in the sun and just dream away with.
I would highly recommend this one to anyone who loves a bit of rom-com with a dash of horoscopes and magic.
Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 ( or a large 🍹 with 🍨 if it’s a sunny day 😉)
Lizzy Dent (mis)spent her early twenties working in a hotel not unlike the one in her first novel The Summer Job. Soon to be a TV series! She somehow ended up in a glamorous job travelling the world creating content for various TV companies such as MTV, Channel 4, Cartoon Network, The BBC and ITV. She writes about women who don’t always know where they are going in life, but who always have fun doing it. The Setup is her second novel.
I hope you have enjoyed this charming, lovely and wonderful book and dare I say it what a second book!!! I mean I loved The Summer Job but this is just what is needed after that first hit, another one to give you a gentle hug, laugh and an ahhhh moment. Seriously this author is one I will be buying as soon as the next one is announced. If you are wanting a copy, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!