Book: The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance
Author: Kirsty Greenwood
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Available: Thursday 9th April
Summary: 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 and her mortgage repayments are staggering. 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.
I’m a big fan of Kirsty Greenwood and her website Novelicious, so when she revealed she had written a book I couldn’t wait to read it. I was not disappointed.
The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance is the ultimate chick lit book – there’s romance, humour, great characters and plot twists. I couldn’t put it down, and pretty much read it in one sitting!
The novel follows protagonist Jessica Beam, who is fabulous. She’s a bit of a liability but she has a good heart, she’s outspoken, she’s funny.. Jessica is also pretty inspirational, because she’s unapologetic about her life choices, it’s pretty refreshing for a protagonist not to be making excuses for their behaviour.
To be honest, there wasn’t one character in the story I didn’t like. Even the ‘baddie’ Summer is fabulous with her glamorous life and absolute disregard for anyone that she deems unhelpful to her career.
There’s also Jessica’s old-fashioned yet adorable Grandma, the slightly desperate but funny Peaches, and the very forgiving Jamie (you will know why that is my description of him when you read the book!). Then of course, there’s Leo, the dashing love interest, the ‘eternal bachelor’ who Jessica strives to win over.
This is a light-hearted book, but there are some deeper themes that I really admired Kirsty for touching upon, particularly Jessica’s struggle as she comes to terms with the loss of her mother.
All in all, this book was fabulous. A great read for a holiday or a lazy afternoon. Be warned though – it will make you want to hit the shops and deck yourself out in full vintage outfits.
Hope you all had lovely Easters, let me know what you have been reading!