Always With LoveThe Blurb

Sophie’s got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of.

But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.

And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them.

Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . .

The Review

Ahhhh Always with Love.

Always with Love is the latest release from Giovanna Fletcher and revisits previous characters that she created. We are reunited with Sophie May and Billy Buskin. I’m a fan of reading about the same characters. I think it stemmed from my childhood when I loved reading about Mildred Hubble and the girls at Miss Cackles Academy, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield in the Sweet Valley series and I loved saying hello to my friends at The Babysitters Club so for me I was overjoyed to find that I got to read about Sophie and Billy again. I had every reason to be. Always with Love is a sweet story that I finished in two sittings.

It is lovely to see how a relationship develops. So often in romantic literature the couple get together at the end to the chorus of trombones and a win machine so it is always refreshing to see the ‘happily ever after’ rather than just ending a story at that point.

Always with Love shows the progression of Sophie May and Billy Buskin’s relationship as they begin to battle the turmoil of a working relationship when things like family, distance and newcomers try to keep you apart.

If I am honest, during the first part of the story a particular story thread had me unsettled (involving someone trying to keep Billy and Sophie apart – that is all I will say so I don’t spoil anything for readers) and I thought to myself that it was just a déjà vu storyline from Billy and Me but Fletcher throws a curveball and quickly you realise that it will take more than this incident to keep Billy and Sophie apart.

What came next were the trials and tribulations that you get in relationships; Fletcher has her characters try and keep their love alive when they keep coming across obstacles. I have to say, she does it really well. We feel the anguish of both characters who are dealing with forces bigger than they are.

I must admit that I found Sophie to be a little bit difficult to love at times. I probably shouldn’t say that about the protagonist but at times she did come across as a little selfish. I only say this because I find myself in a similar situation as she does (although mine does not happen to be with a Hollywood hunk like Billy Buskin) and I found that at times she was a little uncompromising. However, the flip side is that I could see what she was dealing with ad empathised with her situation.

This all sounds rather cryptic so you will have to read Always with Love to understand…and while you are at it read the rest of Giovanna Fletchers novels. They will make you warm and fuzzy inside.

Always with Love by Giovanna Fletcher is available from 4th June 2016.

4 Stars

Title: Christmas with Billy and Me

Author: Giovanna Fletcher

Pages: 49 pages

Synopsis

It is Christmas time and Rosefont Hill is feeling festive; especially one lucky resident who is about to get the surprise of their life. Sophie May has been commissioned to arrange a fabulous festive secret proposal – even she doesn’t know who the lucky customer is. All she knows is that it has to be magical and Sophie knows that her little café is the perfect venue for such a romantic gesture.

Review

I really enjoyed reading Christmas with Billy and Me. Here is why. It was like visiting old friends. Having read Billy and Me when it first came out a few years ago I have often thought back on it fondly. It was Giovanna Fletchers debut novel but there was something distinctly loveable about it. The character were very memorable, the heartache, the sadness and also the beautiful love story so it has been so nice to go back and see what has happened to them since then.

What Fletcher has managed to do is avoid writing the cliché. She could have quite easily overloaded us with schmaltz and saccharine sappiness but she didn’t. She took the road less travelled and made a damn fine short story because of it.

What I liked most about the book was how it sort of hinted at more tales of Sophie May and Billy. The open ending made me happy. Come on Miss Fletcher, make your fans happy and write about them again. Please.

Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher is available now.

Billy and Me is also available and if you like that book then you should also check out You’re The One That I Want which is also available.

You can follow Giovanna Fletcher on Twitter @MrsGiFletcher

 

 

You're The One That I WantTitle: You’re the One That I Want

Author: Giovanna Fletcher

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

A new novel from the author of Billy and Me about love and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.

Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben – best man and the best friend any two people ever had.

And that’s the problem.

Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it…

(Amazon)

The Review

What would you do if you were engaged to be married to one guy but part of your heart belonged to another? What would you do if that other person was your husband-to-be’s best friend? This is the dilemma that Maddy faces.

An initial reaction to the above questions would be to dislike Maddy, to fancy her to be a bit of a flighty girl who frivolously toys with people’s emotions; however, you would be wrong. Things are never that simple. They are complicated further by the fact that Maddy, fiancé Rob and best man Ben have all been best friends since primary school. So not only is Maddy battling with her own conflicted feelings but she is trying desperately to not hurt the two men she loves the most.

You’re The One That I Want is the second novel from Giovanna Fletcher and it comes as no surprise that this girl has a talent for writing romance. Her debut novel Billy and Me was gut-wrenchingly romantic and heartbreaking in equal measure and Maddy’s story is no different. Told from a three person multi-perspective (although more heavily from Maddy and Ben’s point of view) the story offers insight into how two of the protagonists react to the obstacles and situations they are faced with. The use of multi-view was cleverly used; if it had all been told from Maddy’s perspective there is a chance that the character would have been less likeable, indeed not as easy to empathise with. The balance between the two justified the emotions and reactions of the characters. Because both Ben and Maddy tell their story so well the lines of what is right and wrong become blurred.

The one thing that Fletcher manages to do with disarming ease is to have you empathise with Maddy and feel equally conflicted. You understand implicitly why the biggest decision of her life is killing her and she makes you question the possibility of being in love with two people at once.

Who will Maddy choose in the end? Read the book to find out.

You’re The One That I Want was released 22nd May 2014 through Penguin

Follow Giovanna Fletcher (@MrsGiFletcher) on Twitter.

 

5 Stars