Friday, November 30, 2012

I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk

5 Star

Angela Clark has fallen in love with New York -- and it's starting to love her back. But when she's summoned home to England, she's at risk of losing her shiny new life to rain, warm beer and bad memories. Talk about stepping back in time. There's Mark, the ex-boyfriend -- who she ran to New York to get away from. There's Louisa, her best friend, with her terrifying new baby. And there's her mum, still talking to her as though she's fifteen. Now there's a wedding in the offing -- and everyone remembers how well Angela behaved at the last one...Can the arrival of boyfriend Alex and best friend Jenny save her from a re-run of her old self

Lydia - 5 Star

Lindsey Kelk is like a fine wine. Every new novel she writes is more satisfying and delectable. She keeps getting better and better. I absolutely adored I Heart London. It's fun, incredibly witty and I scoffed so hard during this rollercoaster read on the subway that I thought someone would have me committed.

I'm having a hard time putting my finger on exactly why I Heart London and I Heart Vegas were my most favourite in this five book series. I suspect its because Angela is growing up and the issues she faces are more real and relatable to me than all the expensive shoes and designer clothes. And although she still has a designer bag, has amusing antics and gets herself into silly situations, they're diminished somewhat as all of her relationships move to the forefront in this novel.

I loved watching Angela's angst at introducing Alex, now her fiance, to her parents for the first time. I adored her parents and I think one of my favourite aspects of this novel is how her relationship with them is examined and how it grows over the course of the book. And not just her relationship with them, but with her two BFF's who meet for the first time leaving Angela to navigate the differences in their personalities. And then there's her relationship with Alex, which I have always absolutely adored. The love portrayed between them seems so real and I love how it has matured through the last few novels in this wonderful series.

I Heart London was such a fun ride! And as someone who recently became engaged and decided to arrange a wedding within six months of said engagement, I could complete relate to the craziness that ensues and the hilarious scenes in this novel. I can't even imagine tossing together a wedding in a week and it made me grateful for the extra weeks I have - although I probably won't say that in a couple of months. 

There was even a surprising thread throughout that not until the very last page did I come to find out what was really going on - and I won't say if I was right or wrong, or what it was - you'll just have to snatch up this lovely novel and read it yourself!

I actually want to read this one again. If you love the I Heart series, you will not be disappointed, and if you don't - you should really go pick up this fab chick lit series today!

Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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