Thursday, 14 May 2015

Review of Just The Way You Are by Lynsey James

The bit on the back...

Dear Ava,

How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart?

Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can't remember the last time she had a second date. It's a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.

Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two – she's in love with someone else. Someone she's never even met.
It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer... but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken.

Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she's determined to unmask Mr Writer... and find out once and for all if he's Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong!

Firstly, thank you to Carina for approving me for a review copy of this debut novel and also to Cara and Lynsey for asking me to take part on the blog tour.

This is Lynsey's debut novel and it's all about Ava. Ava used to be a romantic which was fuelled even further by love letters from a secret admirer. The letters suddenly stopped six years ago and Ava's faith in true love waned. Until the letters started again...

Let me just start by saying Lynsey lives about two hours from where I'm from in Scotland and one thing we've bonded over is being able to use Scottish slang when we are chatting instead of moderating our language to make sure we are understood. There were a couple of 'Scottishisms' throughout the book and mention of a shortbread tin that struck home with me so the book felt like it had a little something extra.

Ava is a genuine, down to earth, normal girl with her own share of problems to face in her work and family life. It was easy to imagine myself in her shoes but that doesn't mean I necessarily agreed with her throughout the story! Sometimes I just wanted to give her a shake to make her see sense and that some times you need to grab opportunities with both hands in life.

Throughout the story the re-appearance of Ava's admirer plays a big part in the plot as she decides to try and uncover the mystery man. I was in limbo back and forth between the potential Mr Writer candidates and I wasn't completely sure until it was revealed to Ava.

Along with the main storyline there is a really sweet reunion plot line and Ivy almost felt like a fairy godmother to Ava in the story.

Overall this read is full of laughs, emotion ups and downs and great writing from start to finish. It's hard to believe that this was a debut. If you enjoy Rachael Lucas and Mhairi MacFarlane you will enjoy this.

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