Firstly I would like to start by thanking Audible for the credit that enabled me to listen to this awesome book. Over the past and next few months I will be predominantly listening to books as the majority of my reading time is going to be taken up with clinical reading for the current course I am studying. This is where Audible has been an incredible help and great part of my daily routine. Whether in the bath or on the tube View Full Post
REVIEW: Operation Sunshine by Jenny Colgan
Evie is desperate for a holiday – a good one. Not only because she’s been working all hours as a receptionist for two high-powered plastic surgeons, but also because every holiday she’s ever been on has involved sunburn, arguments and projectile vomiting – sometimes all three at once. Why can’t she have a normal holiday like everyone else: peaceful beaches, glorious sunshine and (fingers crossed) some much-needed sex?
Back of the Book
Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden.
She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms.
Looking after the cake shop, the garden and taking care of her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will?
Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made.
When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most?
Firstly the main characters name is Fay – that doesn’t happen on a daily basis! Main character of a book has the same name as me and I am all giggly like a little school girl. As usual from start to finish Carole Matthews makes you want to curl up with a cuppa and her book and just block out the rest of the world.
Between night shifts, a read-a-thon and those lovely sunny afternoons we have been having in the UK this book was delightful to read and made me incredibly craven for tea, cake and more cake. From coffee to a lovely lemon drizzle this book really does make you want! The fact that Matthews makes the book relatable to anyone who knows the UK or surrounding areas of the place in the book is just delightful. The mention of Stoke Bruerne bought back some fond memories of a day trip I once took just to get out of the city.
Throughout the book I found myself wanting to grab Fay by her cardigan front and shake her vigorously. Although the book was slightly predictable that did not put me off in the slightest as with Carole Matthews you never know. It got to the point where himself and I made a bet at the outcome – I was right!
Once again Matthews style of writing is immersive and makes you want to climb into the book and actually live in the beautiful settings portrayed. From the canal boat to the large house come cafe it sounded like the perfect place to be even on a stormy night.
Without giving spoilers Fay is to say the least one of the nicest people you could ever imagine. Thinking of everyone else before herself even when given the most golden opportunity of them all she puts up barriers that don’t exist just because she is used to not living life for herself. With the weight of everyone else’s world on her shoulders Fay hides behind her responsibilities to replace the life that could be for the life where she is just stuck in a constant rut.
By the time we get to the end of the story I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was in store for the lovely Fay. If you are reading this book or looking forward to reading it you will be on the edge of your seat too.
Once again worth the read and if you haven’t already ploughed through this tasty read then hop to it!
Here is a little thought of mine – after googling canal houses and boats in the Milton Keynes area this is the closest I could find to my idea of the place in the book!
If you have read it – is this what you have imagined?
If not then read it with this in mind and see if you feel the same!
Thanks to the lovelies at Sphere (Little Brown) for sending me this delectable read.
It was everything and more than expected.