Saturday, December 29, 2012
Yours Truly by Kirsty Greenwood
Ebook: Estimated at 318 pages
Genre: Romantic comedy
Publisher: Novelicious Books (4 July 2012)
Source: The author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
First Sentence: 'In all my twenty-seven years of life, I have never before noticed the astonishing similarities between my own head and a ten-pin bowling ball.
Review Quote: "Kirsty Greenwood could totally be the next big Chick Lit star...she's written one of my favourite books this year." CHICKLITREVIEWSANDNEWS.COM
My Opinion: Bordering on farcical.
I was really out of my comfort zone with this novel which is really not a surprise now I have discovered that the author is influenced in her writing style by Jenny Colgan, Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes all excellent authors but not really ones I would consider myself a fan of, although I have read novels written by them all in the past. It is maybe not fair of me that I accepted a review copy from the author for review, as it is probably not one I would have selected for myself. Having said this I do have very eclectic tastes and am always willing to try and step out of my comfort zone. I think this time that I have grown out of such chick lit romps in the case of the majority of authors, although there are a few I still enjoy. Do not get me wrong I did not dislike 'Yours Truly' but at times it seemed to be bordering on farcical, there is certainly plenty to laugh about, maybe I was just not in the right mood for this one.
The protagonist is Natalie Butterworth twenty seven, newly engaged, it seems she does not mind telling a few white lies here and there to keep herself out of trouble. She is happy but this is difficult to believe when you read about her incredibly dull fiancé plus a sister and mother that seem to control her life. Unfortunately thanks to attending a hypnotists show Natalie finds her life suddenly becomes very complicated and she is forced to face up to all sorts of situations that she would prefer to avoid. Just imagine what would happen to someone who didn't have the power to keep the sometimes hurtful truth to themselves and the trouble that would cause and you have the premise for this novel. From dodgy make overs, ugly wedding dresses, to an idyllic Yorkshire village which is full of secrets and nosey residents what chaos! Will it all get sorted out and end with that perfect happy ending?
This is one for the true chick lit fans and judging by the many five star reviews on Amazon my thoughts do not agree with the majority this time.
Kirsty Greenwood was born on April 17th 1982 in Oldham, Greater Manchester. A graduate of North Trafford College and Salford University, she is the founding editor of the female fiction and chick lit website Novelicious. On her Goodreads profile she admits to drinking far too much tea and has an interesting list of Likes. They are apparently, American telly, cooking,flittery book covers, green clothes, roasting potatoes, typography, 60s R&B, BOOKS!, Amy Farrah Fowler, singing, Sunday afternoon baths, wine, Beat Sheets, whimsical jewellery and smiley people.
Photo and Biographical Information is with thanks to the following sites where you can also find out more about the author and her writing.
Goodreads Author Profile Kirsty Greenwood - Official Website Kirsty Greenwood - Facebook
Amazon Author Profile
I have chosen to read this title as the letter Y for The A - Z Book Challenge which I decided to attempt to achieve in alphabetical order. I had a good selection of titles to choose from our bookshelves, so am pleased that it now looks as I have achieved my aim. You can follow my progress here.