I'm thrilled to be one of the bloggers taking part in the blog tour for A Girl's Best Friend by Jules Wake and sharing my review today. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
Welcome to your new cottage in the country - complete with grumpy vet, village gossip and a very muddy dog . . .
City girl Ella wants to take refuge in the country, lick her wounds and work out what she's going to do with the rest of her life. She certainly doesn't want to have a four-legged house guest or anything to do with village life. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of Wilsgrave have other ideas.
Settling in to her godmother's house for a few months of R&R, Ella finds herself the reluctant babysitter of a badly behaved Labrador - and her plans of staying mainly indoors scuppered. But as she's forced into wellies and into the village's way of doing things, Ella meets people who make her think again about what she really wants out of life and love, starting with her new furry best friend . . .
A gorgeously romantic tale set in an idyllic countryside village, from the author of ebook bestseller Covent Garden in the Snow. Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley and Katie Fforde.
Now that the weather has started to get colder it was an ideal time to immerse myself in a story as my children went back to school and nursery. I have to admit that this is the first book that I have read by Jules Wake. I really don't know where I have been, okay big clue - hiding under an enormous TBR pile! However that is no excuse and I really must pick up more books by this wonderful author as I have definitely been missing out!
The story follows Ella as she house sits for her godmother along with taking care of a very lively Labrador called Tess. Ella needs time to think about her future and so begins a fun, emotional and heartwarming journey that I truly felt a part of. Jules Wake has created some loveable and fun characters that made this story all the more entertaining. A special mention of course has to go to Tess, she was just brilliant and I loved all the scrapes that Ella finds herself in. Even if you haven't got a dog I really think you can appreciate all of the situations in this book. I have to mention the setting as the village itself was perfect with a few quirky characters along with showing a lively community spirit.
I loved that there was a message in this story about healing and taking the time to process everything. There were parts that had an emotional edge but they were balanced with such warmth and humour all coming together to create a beautiful and heartwarming story. If you feel the need for a cosy but heartfelt story then I recommend you pick a copy of this book up.
In A Girl's Best Friend there is a little bit of drama, romance and a few giggles along the way too!
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Millie at Little Brown UK for my copy.
Jules Wake's earliest known declaration that she planned to be a writer came at the age of ten. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury brands, taking journalists on press trips to awful places like Turin, Milan, Geneva, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and occasionally losing the odd member of the press in an airport. It gave her the opportunity to eat amazing food, drink free alcohol as well as providing opportunities to hone her writing skills on press releases and to research European cities for her books.
Eventually the voices in her head persuaded her it was time to sit down and write the novel she'd always talked about. Her debut novel, Talk to Me in 2014, was quickly followed by the bestselling From Italy With Love, published by HarperImpulse, which reached the top ten in the Amazon Kindle charts. Since then she has had seven further novels published.
Jules' book Covent Garden in the Snow was a Kindle Top 2 bestseller and her latest book A Girl's Best Friend will be published by Sphere in September. She also writes cosy romantic fiction as Julie Caplin and her next book in the Romantic Getaway's series, The Little Paris Patisserie, will be published by HarperImpulse in September.
Follow on twitter @juleswake. Or visit her on www.juleswake.co.uk