The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance – Kirsty Greenwood

The Vintage Guide to Love and RomanceTitle: The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance
Author: Kirsty Greenwood
Publisher: Pan
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
My rating★★★★★

I have won this book via a Twitter giveaway of This Chick Reads. At that point I had just decided to read a few Christmas novels first, but as soon as the holidays were over, I grabbed this on from the bookshelf.

Over the past months I have been a bit annoyed with the main characters of chick lit novels, but Jessica Beam was quite a lovely character and I did like her.

What the book is about

Jessica Beam is a girl who knows how to party. Only lately she’s been forgetting to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Down on her luck, out of a job and homeless, Jess seeks the help of her long-lost grandmother.

Things aren’t going well for Matilda Beam, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage repayments are staggering and her granddaughter wears neon Wonderbras!

When a lifeline from a London publisher arrives, the pair have an opportunity to secure the roof over their heads – by invigorating the Good Woman guides and transforming modern, rebellious Jess into a demure vintage lady.

The true test of their make-over will be to capture the heart of notorious London playboy Leo Frost and prove that Matilda’s guides still work. It’s going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull this off…

What I think about the book

The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance was a lovely read and I really enjoyed it. Jess Beam is crazy and I totally envy how she is up for partying and enjoying her life. But, like all people who live a wild life, there are two sides to the story. Jess has lost her mother when she was still quite young and has never known her dad. That has left a certain scar on her soul and she has trouble opening herself up for love.

So when she gets a chance to be transformed in to a vintage lady and try to win over London’s playboy Leo Frost, she only sees it as a quick way to earn some cash and a bit of a game. First of all she doesn’t believe in the vintage Good Woman guides, but she also doesn’t believe in falling in love. Of course she is completely wrong there. You can see that coming from miles away, but that’s no problem because it is written so beautifully. I was totally able to picture all the venues and the pretty dresses and I completely fell in love with Leo & Jess as a couple.

This book is a great choice if you are up for reading something seriously romantic!

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