Once upon a time in what feels like someone else’s life sometimes, I read another Sophie Kinsella book (I’ve Got Your Number) and thought I liked it well enough so I requested this one.
Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.
Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.
I think I would have liked this book better if I read it in the sun by the water with an adult beverage in my hand. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t like it as much as I could have.
The characters were fun, it was reasonably witty, but it’s a pretty standard chick lit/romance. There were a few twists to make it more interesting, but I wasn’t really wowed by it. Sorry, Sophie.
I did love how the Katie was able to use what she knew to make someone else’s dream happen and that in turn led to her dream happening. And she came out on top over the mean girls.
Is this something you’d read? Why or why not?