This was a wonderfully “sweet” book, yes it had moments of seriousness and sadness, but on the whole it was a very sweet, wonderful book.
There is something special about a book that can tell a warm and beautiful story but with essence of real life issues within it.
This book covers everything from mental abuse, bereavement, body image to friendship, love and happiness. For me even though, it has romantic partners for all the characters – the beautiful relationship in this story is the friendship that grows for the three main women. They are all very different people but come together in a slimming group. Although they initially start of as strangers, they soon grow to become really good friends and help each other in more ways than support in slimming. I really liked all the characters and I loved hearing it on audible, the narrator really got the Birmingham accent and attitude spot on. Each of the women are on their own journey of self discovery and self worth, so although are very different and facing different challenges, they are all on the same path. I also believe the women have to face a lot of negative nellys and people who would quite easily put them down, but the characters don’t let them stop them! True power to women finding themselves.
Maddie who works for the local radio and gets bullied by her boss into entering the fat busters for her Make Birmingham Beautiful campaign, possibly had the toughest time of all along the way. Maddie is a very brave and beautiful character, and I think I responded best to her, as she is very like me. Her unpleasant boss in her unkind behaviour probably helped Maddie have a fitter and happier life overall, so although Maddie had to go through some embarassment and nastiness, at the end of the day – this is what gave Maddie the push to change and go for things she wanted.
Jess the really sweet and lovely beautician, in a not very pleasant relationship and cannot see her own self worth. I really liked Jess, she is a wonderful character but I really wanted to hit Charlie and give Jess a little shake for not realising how special she is, and that she didn’t need a man to be great. Plus, if she did want a man, she could do better than him.
Lauren was possibly, at first, my least favourite character as I couldn’t quite see past her abruptness and sharp tongue. But once you learnt more about her and got past that initial hostility, you get to see she is as lost, lonely and confused as the other ladies. Once she opened up and was showing her true self, I really liked her character as well.
The whole book is one feel good feeling of friendship and love. The characters go through some awful ordeals and loss, but each of them come out the other side stronger and better for knowing each other.
If you are looking for a warm, feel good story with a hint of romance, friendship and growth but with realistic storylines to boot, this might be the book for you.
I haven’t always like chick lit but now I have given it a chance, I love this genre. I like to escape where romance still lives and friendship and romance blossoms.
★⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5 stars. It might bot be everyones cup of tea, but it is worth it for a light, easy, warm read.
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