“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.”
I picked this up sometime after reading COLLEEN HOOVER’S “It Ends With Us” last August. During that time, I needed something simple and fun to pull me out of the CoHo hangover and PIL did it for me (along with Bossman, but that’s a story for another day). Admittedly, this story has no big schemes, no elaborate plot twists – just two people looking for and finding love. It’s a decent and cute love story, not too deep or mind boggling which is perfect because it was just what I needed during that time.
This is the story of Penny who finds herself dumped by her boyfriend whom she followed to London all the way from Dallas. A series of events paved way for Penny and Oliver to grow closer and develop feelings for each other.
It’s basic, simple romance. Fun and light hearted, you can actually read this in one sitting and end it with a smile on your face. One of the things I like about this story though is how Penny works as a vlogger and Oliver as a bag maker. Vloggers are rampant nowadays and it’s nice to take a peek at how the vlogging lifestyle works. This and the fact that I haven’t encountered a lot of bag maker MCs before. However, plot wise, I was not able to encounter anything new or even remotely fresh.
There are parts of the story where I didn’t feel like the setting is in London. One thing I always look out for in an author’s writing is when I’m transported to a different time and place. Fisher was able to do it for me in her other books. Sadly though, this one felt kind of flat. But like I said, if you want a quick, sweet read – this might do it for you.
Fisher Amelie is incredibly talented and as much as this one is enjoyable and quick to read, it just lacked that WOW factor for me.
You know how everyone says when one door closes another one opens? At the time, you find this statement obnoxious as all get out because a) you don’t really know what the future holds, it certainly hasn’t been a cakewalk so far, and b) the thought of change is unbearable. You feel like your life is falling apart and everyone around is feeding you clichés like they’re made out of kale or quinoa or whatever the trend health food is right now. You don’t want kale clichés, you want double-chocolate fudge realisms, and you want them now. You just want things the way they were, but then something happens, a moment, an instant that sets you out on a path toward happiness you never knew could exist, and suddenly you think, huh, I don’t think I want double-chocolate fudge anymore. I think I’m in the mood for this heaping serving of strawberry cheesecake sitting in front of me…with a side of kale. And a pair of split pants, but we won’t get into that right now.
Graham Glenn may have tossed her in, but Oliver Finn made her feel again.
Fisher Amelie resides in the South with her kick ace husband slash soul mate. She earned her first ‘mama’ patch in 2009. She also lives with her Weim, ‘Jonah’, and her Beta, ‘Whale’. All these living creatures keep the belly of her life full, sometimes to the point of gluttony, but she doesn’t mind all that much because life isn’t worth living if it isn’t entertaining, right?