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Gracie Flowers a tout pour plaire. Un mètre soixante de charme, d'humour et de tendresse. Rien ne lui résiste. Avec sa gouaille et son coeur tendre, elle ferait fondre un iceberg. Enfin jusqu'au jour où le job qu'elle voulait lui passe sous le nez, son indéboulonnable petit ami la largue du jour au lendemain, sa mère est menacée d'expulsion. Ce jour-là, Gracie Flowers se d Gracie Flowers a tout pour plaire. Un mètre soixante de charme, d'humour et de tendresse. Rien ne lui résiste. Avec sa gouaille et son coeur tendre, elle ferait fondre un iceberg. Enfin jusqu'au jour où le job qu'elle voulait lui passe sous le nez, son indéboulonnable petit ami la largue du jour au lendemain, sa mère est menacée d'expulsion. Ce jour-là, Gracie Flowers se déchaîne pour s'en sortir avec les honneurs, car elle a surtout un sacré caractère, des rêves, et une voix de sirène qui devrait bientôt résonner hors de sa salle de bains. Entre Bridget Jones et Coup de foudre à Notting Hill, le meilleur des comédies romantiques à l'anglaise, un vrai remède antiblues.


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Gracie Flowers a tout pour plaire. Un mètre soixante de charme, d'humour et de tendresse. Rien ne lui résiste. Avec sa gouaille et son coeur tendre, elle ferait fondre un iceberg. Enfin jusqu'au jour où le job qu'elle voulait lui passe sous le nez, son indéboulonnable petit ami la largue du jour au lendemain, sa mère est menacée d'expulsion. Ce jour-là, Gracie Flowers se d Gracie Flowers a tout pour plaire. Un mètre soixante de charme, d'humour et de tendresse. Rien ne lui résiste. Avec sa gouaille et son coeur tendre, elle ferait fondre un iceberg. Enfin jusqu'au jour où le job qu'elle voulait lui passe sous le nez, son indéboulonnable petit ami la largue du jour au lendemain, sa mère est menacée d'expulsion. Ce jour-là, Gracie Flowers se déchaîne pour s'en sortir avec les honneurs, car elle a surtout un sacré caractère, des rêves, et une voix de sirène qui devrait bientôt résonner hors de sa salle de bains. Entre Bridget Jones et Coup de foudre à Notting Hill, le meilleur des comédies romantiques à l'anglaise, un vrai remède antiblues.

30 review for Marilyn, Elvis, le prince William et moi

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalie TBGWP

    When the world is tough and life's getting you down, we all have our own little things to cheer us up. I have three. They are: 1) Books. Books because reading allows you escape reality. 2) Music. Music because let's face it music makes everything better. 3) The love of my Husband. This because his hugs and fod kisses make me remind me how protected I am by him. When I read the blurb to (Un)like a virgin, I thought great a fast, funny, girly read. Oh my I was wrong. I was so so wrong. (Un)like a virg When the world is tough and life's getting you down, we all have our own little things to cheer us up. I have three. They are: 1) Books. Books because reading allows you escape reality. 2) Music. Music because let's face it music makes everything better. 3) The love of my Husband. This because his hugs and fod kisses make me remind me how protected I am by him. When I read the blurb to (Un)like a virgin, I thought great a fast, funny, girly read. Oh my I was wrong. I was so so wrong. (Un)like a virgin is my three cheer up items wrapped into one. (Un)like a virgin is a book that I will treasure forever. This is a book that puts us face-to-face with problems and life situations that we may never go up against in reality. This book brings so much reality and life to you that you forget its fiction. This book melts your heart in every single way possible. Pages of sorrow, pages of happiness, pages of despair, pages of magic. Magic pages that have you tingling with pleasure, fear, tears, laughter & goosies. A short review I leave you with, but a promise that this is a book of ultimate charm. I honestly adored every single page

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    My Rating: 4 Stars Genre Chick Lit Since October I have been feeling the blogger burnout. This has affected the type of books I read, the books I sign up for, and the time I spend writing my reviews. Sometimes, it feels more like a chore to read rather than a pleasure, so I’ve taken a step back from the romance books I used to read by the dozen. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read a few that I have loved and I’m so grateful to the authors for sending me copies, but I can’t JUST read new releases, esp My Rating: 4 Stars Genre Chick Lit Since October I have been feeling the blogger burnout. This has affected the type of books I read, the books I sign up for, and the time I spend writing my reviews. Sometimes, it feels more like a chore to read rather than a pleasure, so I’ve taken a step back from the romance books I used to read by the dozen. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read a few that I have loved and I’m so grateful to the authors for sending me copies, but I can’t JUST read new releases, especially on a schedule. So, I’ve been taking time off from ARCs and reading the books that I’ve wanted to read that have been sitting on my shelves. Guess what? I’M LOVING IT! I really needed this downtime to enjoy some of the older titles that have been on my mind and this book is one of them. (Un)like a Virgin by Lucy-Anne Holmes is a chick lit book to its core. The story revolves around one heroine (Gracie) as she grapples with the pain of loosing her father, the strained relationship with her mother, and a seemingly unlimited amount of bad luck. This one has its funny moments, but also tender ones as well and I felt a myriad of emotions while reading it. Now, while I wasn’t expecting the emotional undertones and the few moments of tears that collected in my eyes, I found this to be a truly heartwarming read. If you’d like to see my specific likes and dislikes you can find them below. 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗜 𝗟𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗗 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗕𝗢𝗢𝗞 🎵 Gracie is a relatable and realistic character. She has had her share of ups and downs but readers from all walks of life are sure to find something in common with her. The author does a nice job with making some of her problems, something we have all been through at one time or other (not all, some). 🎵 The story flows nicely and Gracie is absolutely loveable. It would be hard to enjoy a story if it was choppy and all over the place (yes, I’ve read books like this many times) and thankfully that’s not the case here. There were times when I did wonder where the story was going, but I was patient and it all made sense. I recommend the same for potential readers. 🎵 (Un)like a Virgin is a British chick lit novel which I prefer to any other kind of chick lit novel. I think this is because I read so many Sophie Kinsella books back in the day! LOL. 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗜 𝗗𝗜𝗦𝗟𝗜𝗞𝗘𝗗 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗕𝗢𝗢𝗞 🎵 It was a little too emotional for a chick lit novel. This genre is known for being fun and flippant, something we can just enjoy for the silliness. This one though really digs deep into the emotions and I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. 🎵 Gracie’s eventual love story was flighty. I knew she would end up with someone (no matter the genre; romance or chick lit; the heroine always finds someone) but it took so dang long to do so. In all honesty, nothing happened until the last 5 pages which was a bit frustrating to me. 🎵 You can only find copies of this book from used book sellers (think eBay or thrift books). I understand the book is just about 10 years old, but I would have hoped it would also be available in an eBook format so that other readers could also enjoy the story. It’s not. ☹ 𝗦𝗨𝗠𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗜𝗧 𝗨𝗣 (Un)like a Virgin is a sweet and heartwarming read with more emotion than I expected! Gracie is a fantastic character and one of the most relatable I’ve come across in the genre. I recommend this to those who want to get back to their roots (if you’re like me, anyway) and read the types of books that got you into reading in the first place! 𝗠𝗬 𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The title and tagline of (Un)like a Virgin attracted me to it, and from the beginning I loved Gracie Flowers and her world. What I didn't love, were the unnecessary pregnancy storyline and the cliched love-interest-turns-sour plotline of Posh Boy. I also hated the ending, Gracie ending up with Anton smacks of Daddy issues, and I loathe the idea of 'Britain Sings Its Heart Out' - an absolutely terrible title for an X Factor/Britain's Got Talent style show. The plot had so much potential, but the aut The title and tagline of (Un)like a Virgin attracted me to it, and from the beginning I loved Gracie Flowers and her world. What I didn't love, were the unnecessary pregnancy storyline and the cliched love-interest-turns-sour plotline of Posh Boy. I also hated the ending, Gracie ending up with Anton smacks of Daddy issues, and I loathe the idea of 'Britain Sings Its Heart Out' - an absolutely terrible title for an X Factor/Britain's Got Talent style show. The plot had so much potential, but the author strayed too far into boring plot contrivances and lost her way.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joanne D'Arcy

    I confess to picking this book up and thinking I was going to get your average chick-lit but I was mistaken, actually what I got was a book which gripped me, made me laugh, made me cry and made me think all in the space of day whilst I read it. Grace Flowers has a plan, in fact she has a Five Year Plan, and it was all going swimmingly the final thing was to get the big promotion at work and she achieved everything. Psyching herself as to how she would deal with this new-found superiority, Grace i I confess to picking this book up and thinking I was going to get your average chick-lit but I was mistaken, actually what I got was a book which gripped me, made me laugh, made me cry and made me think all in the space of day whilst I read it. Grace Flowers has a plan, in fact she has a Five Year Plan, and it was all going swimmingly the final thing was to get the big promotion at work and she achieved everything. Psyching herself as to how she would deal with this new-found superiority, Grace is fallen as the big promotion goes to someone else. To add insult to this, her boyfriend dumps her, her mother seems to be spending money with no thought for the future and Grace is still grieving for her father. Her father is the constant in her life even though he is dead, he made dreams come true for her, and made her see life through words and music but more importantly song. All this comes back to her throughout the course of the book. Grace realises that perhaps having such a structured plan is not the best way to succeed in life and perhaps following your heart and your voice are much better. The character of Gracie, got me from the start she was to the point of manic, the sort of friend you could never keep up with, everything always happening to her and not you. I loved the little quips to herself, her friend Wendy (another great character), the 'posh' bloke who got the job she had planned to have even to her father, who could not answer back. What Lucy-Anne Holmes has done is bring so much warmth and pathos to the character that when the unexpected turns to joy for the future and then is cruelly taken away, I shed more than one tear. I thought I knew what was going to happen, having read plenty of this type of fiction in the past. To Grace it was so obvious the path she was going to go down, to get to the happy ending that a reader gets from reading such books. How wrong I was. There was twists and turns along the way and just when I thought I had sussed it, the path changed yet again. It goes to show that you can never trust a well known formula. A great book which goes above and beyond the cover which does not do it justice. This was sophisticated 'chick-lit'. A must read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    There are a slew of different ways to become interested in reading a book: judging by the cover (it's okay, we all do it), the synopsis on the back/inside cover, it comes recommended by a friend, or because you've read other novels by the same author. For me and (Un)like a Virgin , I found it on one of those Chick Lit lists here on Goodreads; the synopsis sounded interesting ("career driven girl with family issues" tends to be my weakness), but it didn't fully prepare me for the book. (Un)like There are a slew of different ways to become interested in reading a book: judging by the cover (it's okay, we all do it), the synopsis on the back/inside cover, it comes recommended by a friend, or because you've read other novels by the same author. For me and (Un)like a Virgin , I found it on one of those Chick Lit lists here on Goodreads; the synopsis sounded interesting ("career driven girl with family issues" tends to be my weakness), but it didn't fully prepare me for the book. (Un)like a Virgin is about a 26-year-old Gracie Flowers who is suddenly forced to take a look at her life and how it was derailed when her father died ten years previously. Gracie is forced to take this good hard look at her life because the promotion she wanted is given to someone else, she is dumped by her boyfriend, she discovers her mother's money problems, and (most importantly) she becomes pregnant. Although I was hooked quickly by Lucy-Anne Holmes's character Gracie, the cliche take on pregnancy was enough to turn me off (Un)like a Virgin to the point that I considered giving up on the book entirely. Eventually, I finished the novel; the ending wraps up the story in an incredibly predictable fashion. It's a fine Chick Lit novel for anyone looking for a cliched pregnancy storyline, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carol W

    4 and half stars for me Gracie Flowers is a very ambitious and energetic estate agent on the surface. Underneath the confident exterior there is sadness in Gracie's life apparent from her little rituals, a book, some old songs, and a missed career opportunity, that she clings to. Danny, the boyfriend, in a world of his own, decides to upsticks and go to work in Canada. Exit boyfriend. Ken, her boss, screws up her 5 Year Plan when he gives the promotion, she was sure had her name on, to Posh boy - a 4 and half stars for me Gracie Flowers is a very ambitious and energetic estate agent on the surface. Underneath the confident exterior there is sadness in Gracie's life apparent from her little rituals, a book, some old songs, and a missed career opportunity, that she clings to. Danny, the boyfriend, in a world of his own, decides to upsticks and go to work in Canada. Exit boyfriend. Ken, her boss, screws up her 5 Year Plan when he gives the promotion, she was sure had her name on, to Posh boy - aka John St John Smythe. Anton, good looking, but too old for Gracie, is landlord of the local pub. He is looking for a singing partner to enter the final of Britain Sings competition. I sat up way past my bedtime to finish this book. I just couldn't resist it. I needed to know how things turned out for Gracie. I loved the way Lucy-Anne Holmes unravels the reasons behind Gracie's little rituals and quirks slowly through the book. I also enjoyed the way she neatly explained what all the characters were up to in the final chapters as they all gathered in different settings to watch the final of Britain Sings, just like any good Chick Flick. This is a real emotional roller coaster of a read. Not only is this a very funny read, it also has the ability to seriously tug at the heart strings. Cracking read! thank you to Little, Brown for a review copy. This did not influence my review in any way

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Lucy-Anne Holmes, before the publication of Unlike A Virgin, is the author of two previous novels. They both feature the same character, although I haven’t read either of them (although I will be now). But I really, really liked the sound of Lucy-Anne’s new novel Unlike A Virgin (the title alone had me hooked) and when I saw the cover I fell even more in love. I was thrilled to receive an early copy of the novel to read, and since my proof copy proclaimed Lucy-Anne is the “UK’s funniest rom-com Lucy-Anne Holmes, before the publication of Unlike A Virgin, is the author of two previous novels. They both feature the same character, although I haven’t read either of them (although I will be now). But I really, really liked the sound of Lucy-Anne’s new novel Unlike A Virgin (the title alone had me hooked) and when I saw the cover I fell even more in love. I was thrilled to receive an early copy of the novel to read, and since my proof copy proclaimed Lucy-Anne is the “UK’s funniest rom-com writer” I was guaranteed a light novel that would have me in stitches. Right? Um, as the case may be, that’s not right. However I still thoroughly enjoyed the novel. Unlike A Virgin is not the read I expected it to be. The title, the cover and the synopsis made me think that the novel was going to be light and fluffy and all about Gracie finding love. That’s so wrong, it’s almost laughable. I actually think it’s a disservice to the novel that it’s being marketed with a cover Sophie Kinsella would be proud off, making everyone think it’ll be laugh-a-minute because it’s not. From what I gather, Lucy-Anne’s two previous novels are hilarious, but Unlike A Virgin isn’t. I didn’t laugh once and my sense of humour is fairly juvenile I have to admit. There are some light moments during the novel but more often than not, it’s actually a bit darker than I expected it to be, and for me it was all the better because of it. What my wonderful proof copy does get right is that Gracie’s story could very much rival those featured on the X Factor. Despite being thrown off balance by the pesky beautiful cover, I did very much like the book. I found it to be incredibly readable, and not once did I find myself getting bored. I’m not necessarily sure what the main plot of the novel was, as there were many featured throughout the novel, from Gracie’s disappointment that her 5-year-plan has fallen apart after some Posh idiot steals her job, to her mother planning to sell her father’s burial plot so developers can, er, develop it into a road. The romance in the novel is very much a backseat story, as Gracie focuses on making her life what she wants it to be, as she tries to figure out what she wants it to be, to be more precise. There were loads of touching scenes during the novel, I particularly loved the fact that Gracie regularly visits her father’s grave to chat to him, their closeness is apparent even though he passed away a decade ago. I also loved Gracie’s job, she’s an estate agent (a nice one!) and I loved seeing her at work, talk about a good estate agent. I found all of the characters to be very enchanting. Gracie is the narrator of the novel and works it beautifully. I loved her confidence as an estate agent, felt sympathy for her when she found she didn’t want to sing any more and enjoyed her chats with her dad at the graveyard. She’s an incredibly warm character and I loved her immediately. She’s everything a main character should be. I loved her supporting cast, too. Her mum is a bit of a cold fish, but I liked the Gracie persevered with her and made a plan to help her out when she was in need. Her mum does come out of her shell, though, as the novel progresses and I could definitely understand why she was house-bound. Gracie’s best friend Wendy is the best friend everyone wants, I thought she was a really great mate. The only character I didn’t particularly take to was Dan, Gracie’s (ex-)boyfriend, he’s in about 100 or so pages, but I never actually felt anything towards him. He never really came out of his shell so when he eventually upped and left, I wasn’t disappointed. I did wonder where who Gracie was going to be falling in love with, particularly as the book’s strapline is “Is Gracie in love for the very first time?” and I’m still a bit puzzled as to who that was in reference to. Unlike A Virgin wasn’t in any way what I was expecting, particularly since it was way more serious and I was shocked to find it to be a bit darker than I expected. However it was still a brilliant read, and I very much enjoyed Gracie’s story as she finds her way in life. It seemed that we witnessed Gracie fully merge into an adult whilst I read the novel and I loved being there with her to see it. There were many touching moments to the novel and although it wasn’t perfect, it’s made me go out and buy Lucy-Anne Holmes’s previous two novels. I can see why she’s such a well-liked author and though people will be disappointed that this novel isn’t particularly funny, it’s good in other, different ways and her fans will lap it up. I did. I’m thrilled Lucy-Anne is going to be a book-a-year author and I look forward to catching up with her previous novels and eagerly awaiting her next release. She’s a great writer and easily manages to get us into Gracie’s head and see what makes her tick. The ending was probably a bit rushed for me and I wasn’t a fan of the sudden switch to third-person for those last 10 pages, and it does leave it open for a potential sequel if Lucy-Anne ever wanted to go down that route. I would definitely recommend the novel, it was really great.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Zuzana

    It was so much fun reading this book. I loved every page. It was so wonderfully british and so so funny. A great book to brighten up your day.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Preston

    Another excellent book loved it

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Do not judge a book by its cover. This book defines that phrase. This story was much more than I was expecting. It covers at least one important topic to talk about. I thought it would be quite light and fluffy. It was darker in quite a few places. I was pleasantly surprised. I like Grace and think she deserved much more than Danny.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Luise

    It's always difficult to enjoy a story if you just can't relate to the main character and her decisions. And if you add a bunch of too cringe bad luck/ awkward situations to this unsympathetic main character, the story gets even better. And THEN, if you add too much 'input' into this story - so much that the story itself struggles to keep up with what's happening- it gets even better better. A masterpiece. There were some turns and events happening during the story that came out of nowhere, witho It's always difficult to enjoy a story if you just can't relate to the main character and her decisions. And if you add a bunch of too cringe bad luck/ awkward situations to this unsympathetic main character, the story gets even better. And THEN, if you add too much 'input' into this story - so much that the story itself struggles to keep up with what's happening- it gets even better better. A masterpiece. There were some turns and events happening during the story that came out of nowhere, without any indications or just poor previous development in that direction. So I often wondered why I'm still reading on. I guess, there were some okay aspects about it that made it overall still tolerable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carol Thomas

    I don't often read books written in the first person as I find them harder to get into, however, this was an exception. I really enjoyed it, and read it in just over a day. I liked Gracie Flowers (her full name gets mentioned a lot) and the lovely relationship she had with her dad and music. Her character is interesting and quirky, and the banter she shares with others (her friend Wendy, Bob the builder, and posh boy John) is great at reflecting the different relationships she shares with them. I don't often read books written in the first person as I find them harder to get into, however, this was an exception. I really enjoyed it, and read it in just over a day. I liked Gracie Flowers (her full name gets mentioned a lot) and the lovely relationship she had with her dad and music. Her character is interesting and quirky, and the banter she shares with others (her friend Wendy, Bob the builder, and posh boy John) is great at reflecting the different relationships she shares with them. The story frequently made me smile, and I had to stop myself from crying as I read one part while sitting in a cafe! The supporting characters are likeable, and the story moves along at a good pace with you willing more than just the main characters towards their happy ever after moment. The ending has a lovely romcom montage feel. It is overall, a good fun, quick read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Agi

    Finally, finally, finally! Thank you, Lucy - Anne Holmes for this book. After reading an unspecified number of books lately that dissapointed me, were not interesting, were boring, I have finally came across a book that have me hooked from the first to the last page. It has all that I like: short chapters, witty and sparkling dialogues, fUntastic characters, has some drama, has some twists and made me laugh! Finally. Feisty, fantastic, hilarious, sweet and with a warm heart.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Imen Rzem

    Well, you can say that I liked the book but I found it quite messy and I couldn't reach the global idea it was sending. I couldn't understand what it is that Grace really wanted or who she was really in love with, I also couldn't understand her feelings till the end. Apart from that, I liked the story and the way it was dealt with by the author. Well, you can say that I liked the book but I found it quite messy and I couldn't reach the global idea it was sending. I couldn't understand what it is that Grace really wanted or who she was really in love with, I also couldn't understand her feelings till the end. Apart from that, I liked the story and the way it was dealt with by the author.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Briony

    Books like this prove the "chicklit" label is inadequate and the frivolous cupcake covers unnecessary. Warm, entertaining, and so much more than the girly romance the publishers obviously decided to sell it as... Books like this prove the "chicklit" label is inadequate and the frivolous cupcake covers unnecessary. Warm, entertaining, and so much more than the girly romance the publishers obviously decided to sell it as...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sue Lilley

    I loved everything about this book. It was both funny and bittersweet. The characters were wonderful and I adored Gracie. She was so quirky and real. The banter made me smile and more than once I had a tear in my eye. What more could you ask? Highly recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Loved it..... not slushy... not predictable but an ever so nice read..

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fatima

    I don't think their love story was done well in the beginning. There was no hint of the couple working towards something. So it felt weird to me when the main chick ended up with the guy. I don't think their love story was done well in the beginning. There was no hint of the couple working towards something. So it felt weird to me when the main chick ended up with the guy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    littlemiss_emmxx

    Ages ago since I read this but I definitely remember loving this book. Definitely recommend it to anyone.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Halliday

    Awww that a funny heart warming lovely chick flick story! Dead easy read with a lot of parts which are happy smiley! Would definitely read more by this author.

  21. 4 out of 5

    J Heyes

    Bloody brilliant A story that keeps you spellbound by the characters and the way the author keeps you entertained. An absolutely delightful tale.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ms Helen

    Undoubtedly a five star book! What a cracker of a book this is. So readable and quite brilliant from start to finish. I can highly recommend it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    So much more than what the cover suggests. A story that will tear at your heartstrings then surprise you with some good laughs all while cheering on the courageous Gracie Flowers.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becca Boom

    It's okayish chic lit really. Gracie was a likable character and it was an easy to read book but it's so full of cliches it does make your cringe, at the end there were too many connections between all the characters and everybody who appeared in the book even briefly got a story book ending, which I found to be a bit naff to be honest. Also just personally I dont like books where everybody happens to adore the main character, every man who laid eyes on Grace either tried to bed her or became a It's okayish chic lit really. Gracie was a likable character and it was an easy to read book but it's so full of cliches it does make your cringe, at the end there were too many connections between all the characters and everybody who appeared in the book even briefly got a story book ending, which I found to be a bit naff to be honest. Also just personally I dont like books where everybody happens to adore the main character, every man who laid eyes on Grace either tried to bed her or became a father figure to her. I think a good nemesis makes things more interesting in a book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Lawler

    Grace Flowers is a twenty-six-year estate agent with a five-year plan. Unfortunately, her plan is thrown out the window when she misses out on a much-needed promotion and is dumped by Danny, her boyfriend of ten years. Grace loves to sing, a hobby she shared with her late father, and finds herself drawn back into the world of music. Throw an unplanned pregnancy, a demanding mother, a troublesome and attractive Posh Boy and a re-kindled passion for karaoke will keep you turning the pages of this Grace Flowers is a twenty-six-year estate agent with a five-year plan. Unfortunately, her plan is thrown out the window when she misses out on a much-needed promotion and is dumped by Danny, her boyfriend of ten years. Grace loves to sing, a hobby she shared with her late father, and finds herself drawn back into the world of music. Throw an unplanned pregnancy, a demanding mother, a troublesome and attractive Posh Boy and a re-kindled passion for karaoke will keep you turning the pages of this funny and sweet story from the author of 50 Ways to Find a Lover.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wawa

    The best way I can describe this story is, 'all over the place', which possibly may not make sense to anyone else. I couldn't quite pinpoint a lot of things. There were definitely some heartwarming moments and some funny parts. But I can firmly say it wasn't my cup of tea. It took me way longer than I liked to read it and I found the main character frustrating. completely misleading cover photo and captions. Not at all what I expected. The best way I can describe this story is, 'all over the place', which possibly may not make sense to anyone else. I couldn't quite pinpoint a lot of things. There were definitely some heartwarming moments and some funny parts. But I can firmly say it wasn't my cup of tea. It took me way longer than I liked to read it and I found the main character frustrating. completely misleading cover photo and captions. Not at all what I expected.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Lomas

    Loved Loved Loved this book and Gracie Flowers ! Such a funny book but it had moments in that tugged at your heartstrings too. Loved all the characters, even the shady ones. I really recommend this book as it has a bit of everything in it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mathilde Rlt

    I wanted some very light reading after the last novel I read and well it is what it is ! Entertaining but deff not a "must read" for me. I wanted some very light reading after the last novel I read and well it is what it is ! Entertaining but deff not a "must read" for me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne-Marie Böing

    Despite the title, I thought this was a lovely chick-lit novel with a good balance between feel-good fun writing and emotional depth.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    Is Gracie in love for the very first time? You know that bit in The X Factor, when the singer tells everyone about the rocky road they travelled to pursue their dream? Well, that’s Gracie Flowers’ story. Gracie is very focused for a woman of almost twenty-six. Her favourite book is ‘The 5-Year Plan: Making the Most of Your Life’. And her five-year plan is going very well. That is, until she is usurped from her big promotion by a handsome, posh idiot; she is dumped by her boyfriend; and discover Is Gracie in love for the very first time? You know that bit in The X Factor, when the singer tells everyone about the rocky road they travelled to pursue their dream? Well, that’s Gracie Flowers’ story. Gracie is very focused for a woman of almost twenty-six. Her favourite book is ‘The 5-Year Plan: Making the Most of Your Life’. And her five-year plan is going very well. That is, until she is usurped from her big promotion by a handsome, posh idiot; she is dumped by her boyfriend; and discovers her loopy mother is facing bankruptcy. Hormones awry and ice cream over-ordered, a dream Gracie thought she’d buried ten years ago starts to resurface. A dream that reminds her of the girl she used to be and everything she wanted to become. I’ve read both of Lucy-Anne Holmes’ previous novels featuring the character of Sarah Sargeant and found them to be laugh-out-loud books that also had a fab story too. For her latest book, Unlike A Virgin, Holmes has moved over to Sphere publishers, and they’ve given her a brand new cover look for this book, which I think is fantastic. It’s a great cover, lots of colour and I think it’ll definitely stand out against a lot of the books coming out at the moment. The cover makes the book seem like a fun read, but I have to tell you that while there are a few really funny bits, the feel of the book is a lot darker and more emotional than I imagined, but in my opinion, the book is all the better for it! The characters in this book are really what it’s all about, and they are what you really keeps you reading. Gracie Flowers is the main character, and the narrator of the book. She’s a character who has many levels – she’s confident at work when she’s being an estate agent, yet when she’s at home and pondering things, she’s very unsure and unconfident and you really feel her emotions along with her as things unravel for her in the book. She’s very warm as a person and I thought she was just great, one of my favourite leading ladies in a long time. She goes through lots of things in the book, but my favourite thing with Gracie was her relationship with her dead father, she just sits at his grave and talks to him and I thought this part of the book was so beautifully done, and was very touching to read. Relationship-wise for Gracie, it isn’t at all obvious who she will end up with and I loved that Holmes managed to keep us guessing until the end. Gracie’s other relationships in the book were well written too, especially with her mother which felt awkward but things much clearer as the book progresses, and I like how this relationship grew. There is a quite a bit going on in the book, and it’s hard to pick out one story as being more important than another because for me, they were all a vital part of the book, and the formation of Gracie. There’s Gracie’s job as an estate agent and the battle she’s having with her new boss after being looked over for the promotion she’s wanted for so long, but I loved seeing a character who really enjoyed going to work, and this comes out in her narrative of her job. There’s also her relationships (or lack of) with men, her mother, her (dead) father and her fab best friend Wendy too, and also there’s Gracie’s singing. We don’t initially know why Gracie loves music but refuses to sing herself but as this story unfolds, it’s incredibly touching and well handled by Holmes, and something you certainly don’t expect from a book I expected to be a laugh a minute… it’s emotional, and it makes for wonderful reading. This is Holmes’ best novel by far, and I’m definitely to looking forward to what is to come in the next few years with Sphere. This book is a triumph, it’s an emotional book about Gracie Flowers finding herself and growing as a person, and the journey it takes along the way is heart-warming and wonderful too. I enjoyed every page of this book, and I know it’ll be a keeper on my bookshelves as one to pick up when I’m struggling to find anything I want to read. While the comedy of her previous books isn’t as obvious as before, or indeed as present, everything else in this book more than makes up for it. If you haven’t read Holmes’ work before, then this is going to be a great place to start and if you aren’t new to her works, be prepared to be blown away by the turn Holmes has taken with this book. Don’t let the cover put you off if you aren’t into bright, colourful looking chick-lit books, the story within is more than worth a punt. Fantastic!

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