Jessica Beam is a girl who knows how to party. Only lately she’s been forgetting to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Down on her luck, out of a job and homeless, Jess seeks the help of her long-lost grandmother.
Things aren’t going well for Matilda Beam, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage repayments are staggering and her granddaughter wears neon Wonderbras.
When a lifeline from a London publisher arrives, the pair have an opportunity to secure the roof over their heads – by invigorating the Good Woman guides and transforming modern, rebellious Jess into a demure vintage lady.
The true test of their make-over will be to capture the heart of notorious London playboy Leo Frost and prove that Matilda’s guides still work. It’s going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull this off . . .
*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
‘The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance’ is the second book by amazingly talented Kirsty Greenwood. Last year I reviewed her book ‘Yours Truly’ (Read my review here) and I remember I was fascinated with her writing. I even remember thinking (and I say that in my review) that I can only imagine how good her next novel will be. And I’m so glad I was right. But no matter how good I expected her next novel to be, I must say I’m blown away by it. My all time favorite book and the book that got me hooked on the chick lit genre was Jane Green’s ‘Jemima J’. For years, despite reading hundreds of chick lits in between, it remained number one, high above the rest in this genre. But this book changed everything. So you’ll understand when I say that this book is my bible and the best chick lit book I’ve ever read.
Everything about is just perfect. From the colorful, stunning cover with the gorgeous girl dressed vintage, to the beautiful writing and hilarious story line. I’ve never been so fascinated with a book heroine before. Jess Beam is wonderful, cider loving, up beat and a party animal. She’s a girl you all either wish to be or wish to have in your life. When we meet her for the first time she works and lives with her best friend, Summer and writes articles for their site. An opportunity turns up for them to write a book and after seeing Jess is the talented one who’ll do all the writing, Summer dumps her in the most cruel way. But even at these moments, Jess is not pathetic, though she’s not only jobless but lost someone who she thought was a friend. Being stabbed in the back is something we’ve all experienced in our lives (if you haven’t, well consider yourselves lucky), but even at times like this, Jess manages to rise above it and look for ways to survive.
After meeting her grandmother, famous writer though now completely broke, Matilda Beam, she’s off to a new adventure. Back in the days Matilda Beam has been well known writer with a long lists of Guides written, such as how to behave like a lady or how to snatch a gentleman. When she meets a publisher trying to get her books republished, she’s told her rules are out of fashion and totally not applicable for the modern woman. It is then that Matilda turns to Jess for help, whom she’s to transform into a lady to prove her tips work.
I’m telling you, this book is good! I was laughing out loud, imagining Jess rolling her eyes at Matilda’s tips, while good old Matilda is trying to make a point. Even now, days after I read this book, Jess is still living in my head and my heart. But it’s not only Jess, Peach and Matilda are wonderful characters. The best thing about this book is that it’s about friendship, family and of course, has a a bit of romance. It’s an interesting mix of all the things I love in books and has all the ingredients a great chick lit novel is bound to have. It’s obvious Ms Kirsty owns the chick lit genre, she bloody owns it! Not only was I hooked from page one, I was completely absorbed in it through out, forgetting about everything I needed to do. Even going to the bathroom! My bladder was screaming, but all I was thinking was I gotta read couple of pages more. And that is how I know this book is a hit, when it’s larger even than Mother Nature.
I could say millions of things about why I love this book, yet I couldn’t find a single flaw. It’s perfect from any angle, the characters are unique and lovable, the story line flows and pages turn by itself. Ms Greenwood is undoubtedly the best thing that’s happened to the chick lit genre and her writing is simply a breath of fresh air. If you’re a chick lit fan, this book is a must! And don’t you wait a day longer, just READ IT!
My rating: 10/10