Afternoon lovelies, and happy Friday! Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Just Saying by Sophie Ranald. I’ve loved her previous books so was excited to read and review this….and I wasn’t disappointed. Another funny, heartwarming and wonderful novel that will make you smile…..
I almost gave up on love. My ex, who called his private parts ‘Nigel’, was enough to put me off men forever. But then I met Joe.
Alice thought she’d found Mr Right. Her blue-eyed boyfriend Joe gives her butterflies, makes her bacon sandwiches when she’s hungover, and doesn’t have a nickname for any of his body parts.
She should have known it was too good to be true. Because one day, Alice and Joe bump into Zoe. According to him, Zoe’s ‘just an old friend’. But Alice saw the way they froze, and heard the strange note in Joe’s voice when he said her name.
Then, out of the blue, Zoe needs a place to live. And Joe has the bright idea of inviting her, and her fluffy ginger cat Frazzle, to stay with them.
Alice tries her hardest not to feel threatened. But the thing is, Zoe doesn’t survive off microwave meals, or go days without washing her glossy copper-coloured hair, or accidentally get mascara in her contact lenses.
Joe’s ex might be pretty much perfect, but there’s no way that Alice will let Zoe steal him. She’s on a mission to prove that three (four, if you count the cat) is definitely a crowd…
This fabulous, feel-good page-turner is for anyone who has ever got a little too drunk and checked out their partner’s ex! (We’ve all been there…) Fans of romantic comedies by Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk, and TV shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, will love this utterly relatable read.
Things start to fall apart for Alice when she finds out she’s not getting going to be able to start the job she’d hoped for. But on a good note, the relationship with her boyfriend Joe is perfect. Until Joe suggests that, to help them out with finances due to Alice’s lack of job, they should get a lodger ~ none other than Joe’s recently rediscovered ex, Zoe.
Reluctantly Alice agrees, and a chance meeting sees her working all the hours under the sun in the local pub down the road. It’s a dive but Alice starts enjoying it, but when the landlady has to take some time off to look after her Husband, Alice steps up. And with the help of some reliable friends, starts to transform the place. But when she finds out it’s set to be bought and sold for property development she feels lost. Can she and her friends fight it? Or will this be the end?
At the same time, her and Joe are working long hours, which starts to take a toll on their relationship. Feeling the distance grow between them, and the relationship between Joe and Zoe growing, will Alice be able to save what she has with Joe? Or will the pubs gorgeous neighbour turn her head?
I love Ranald’s writing style and couldn’t wait to read this. Her books always have me laughing out loud and cringing at some of the characters exploits and this was no different.
The story line was mostly light hearted, and mainly focussed around Alice, her relationship with Joe and her love for the pub. There are a number of other minor storylines, which are fab including the story of Maurice and recollections of something that had happened to Alice in the past ~ a dark secret, that no one but her best friend knows.
In terms of characters, I really liked Alice and you get to know her well. She’s been through stuff that no one knows and is relieved to leave the career that she’d worked hard for. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her fall in love with the pub and transform it. I wasn’t sure about Zoe, although she does some amazing things, I always had suspicions about her. Joe, although seemingly romantic, let me down a bit although does pull it back in a way. And I loved Drew, Heather and Maurice.
The one thing I would say is that the blurb is slightly misleading. Although the story does cover the three way relationship and dynamics between Alice, Joe and Zoe; to me the story is more focussed on Alice, her story and the pub. But I still throughly enjoyed it.
Overall, this is another fab book by Ranald. Easy and enjoyable to read and follow, mostly light-hearted with some fab characters, I enjoyed every minute of this. It will make you smile and laugh out loud, and you’ll come away feeling uplifted. Recommended by me.
About the Author
Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat.
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Thanks to Sophie, Bookouture & Netgalley for a copy of the book in return for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.
Have a wonderful day and weekend all