Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Not Quite Perfect by Annie Lyons

The review for Not Quite Perfect is brought to you by guest reviewer, Katrina.

Sometimes having it all isn't enough... 

Emma has everything she's ever wanted. Her boyfriend's just proposed and her career has finally taken off. And so what if her latest client just happens to be downright gorgeous? She's getting married. Isn't she? 

Rachel's married with 2.4 children (well, actually, 3) and life is all about trying to leave the house in a non-stained top. Once it was about skinny cappuccinos, cocktails and dynamic ad agency meetings. She wants her old life back, but can it ever be the same? 

A sparkling, funny tale of two sisters and how often you don't know what you've got until it's gone.

Having recently read 'Life or Something Like It' by Annie Lyons and enjoyed it greatly, I decided to give 'Not Quite Perfect' a go.  I was definitely not left disappointed by this hilarious page turner!

The story revolves around sisters Emma and Rachel.  Emma is a successful editor at a publishing house and is newly engaged to Martin.  However, when Richard Bennett and his up and coming book comes along, Emma is left questioning what she really wants in life. 

Rachel on the other hand is happily married to Steve and has three busy children to cope with.  When Steve announces that he's been offered a job in Edinburgh, the couple's relationship is put under pressure.  Also jumping to the conclusion that her husband might be having an affair, Rachel turns to handsome neighbour Tom for attention.

The author uses dual POV's which allowed a better story telling perspective although I did find the change in POV's slightly rushed at times. The book title is also very appropriate as neither sister is perfect however both Emma and Rachel are great characters and ones that you can relate to on many levels.  You feel very involved in the book as Annie does a great job of bringing the characters and storylines to life.  One of the most entertaining characters is Lily, Rachel's daughter who is a sassy mini-me version of Rachel despite her young age.  Some of her comments will make you laugh out loud although she did border on being annoying at times.

There is a big family element in the book and you find yourself rooting for the characters.  At times it felt as if you were a fly on the wall in the Darcy family households.  I don't want to spoil the book for anyone but I will say that the comedic moments were matched with elements of sadness.  

Overall it was a brilliant read that I really enjoyed.  I like Annie's style of writing and I found the characters to be endearing and reminiscent of people that I know in real life.  

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