Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Strictly Love Review

Strictly Love
- Julia Williams

Publisher: UK – Avon (HarperCollins)

Why I picked it up: It was actually a Christmas present for my Mum (who’s almost as big a reader as I am but leans towards historical fiction and chick-lit) and she passed it on to me when she finished. All books should be passed around to spread the word (pen intended!).

Back Blurb: Lawyer Emily promised her late father that she'd devote her life to good causes. So how comes she spends her days defending Z-listers, desperate to prolong their 15 minutes of fame? Katie is obsessed with being the perfect wife and mother - unlike her own one. In which case, why is husband Charlie permanently AWOL these days? Dentist Mark is licking his wounds after his wife walked out on him and desperately missing his kids. Can he cope with becoming a singleton again - on top of a devastating legal case against him? Meanwhile, happy-go-lucky Jack the Lad Rob is hiding a secret tragedy! Isabella's dance classes give the four the perfect opportunity to forget their troubles and re-invent themselves. They can be whoever they want to be - they'll just let their feet do the talking. Over the weeks, as they foxtrot, tango, waltz and cha-cha-cha their way into each other's lives, they discover the truth about each other - and themselves. But will they like what they learn?

What I thought: Being a late comer and now dedicated fan to the Saturday night crazy that is Strictly Come Dancing, I was looking to forward to some fun, dancing, and the usual comedic situation that dominate chick-lit. However, there is little dancing in this book despite the promise and I found very little fun. A lot of this book deals with situations that the characters find themselves in and how they deal the twists and turns of life. There was little fun and games to be had and the dancing only seemed to be used as an excuse for the girls to meet the guys near the start of the book and is hardly mentioned afterwards – dancing certainly didn’t have a big impact on the characters life’s apart from the initial meeting. Some issues concerning the will-they-won’t-they romance seemed a little forced as well (and morally ambiguous). That said (or written!) it’s not a badly written book and it did entertain for two days on the commute to work. What disappointed me was it was more a serious bend on the chick-lit genre and I wasn’t expecting it.

Recommended for: Pride & Prejudice fans

Rating: 5 out of 10

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