Sophie May has a secret.
One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.
But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.
Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?
What I thought
In the beginning I wasn’t as keen on this book as I had hoped I would be, I think this was largely due to the fact that I was reading it via my iPad & not in book form. I’ve found it takes me longer to get into a story when I’m reading it from a screen; anyone else find that? Don’t worry though, by the end of Chapter 2 I was hooked. You know when you start wondering what the characters are up to when you aren’t reading? That’s when you know you like a book. Having just read that back I do realise how sad it sounds BUT other book lovers will totally understand – I hope. Giovanna Fletcher is a fantastic author, her characters are warm and sincere – my favourite had to be Molly; the best friend of the lead character Sophie. I loved that Molly and Sophie weren’t your average best friends; one of them being a widowed pensioner and the other a young girl at the beginning of her life. That is one of the many things that made this book so endearing. Originally I thought it was just going to be another of those stories. Girl meets guy, they fall in ‘love’, guy cheats on girl and breaks her heart within the first few chapters & the rest of the book is spent following her as she rebuilds her life without him (usually ending up with a best friend etc). You know the books I mean. Billy & Me is different and so much better for it. There’s a certain depth to it, so many underlying stories which could end up making the whole story extremely confusing and hard to follow but somehow Giovanna Fletcher makes it work. I have already ordered the sequel to this – Always With Love which has just been released. I can’t wait to find out what happens next for Sophie & Billy.
Next on my list
RSVP by Helen Warner.
I’ve had this on my book shelf for a while now so I thought I’d give it a go. I seem to be flying through books at the moment so any suggestions for others I might like would be greatly appreciated. Comment below, message me on instagram @lifeinthegingerlane or drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d love to hear from you!