Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Book Review: Rachael Lucas | Sealed With A Kiss

This was a book I purchased myself through a recommendation from a friend, so am reviewing it because I loved it so much. Oh and I now have a personally signed copy too.

What I look for in a Romantic comedy style book, is that feeling of being utterly wrapped up in the story so much so that I can curl up on the couch under my 'Old Man' blanket, and lose myself between the pages. 'Sealed With A Kiss' from Rachael Lucas is exactly the kind of book I love.

This book is Rachael's literary debut and she originally self-published via Amazon where it went on to become a top ten paid best seller before she signed a three book deal with Pan Macmillan.

Firstly we must discuss the gorgeous cover which is so deliciously appealing that you want to dive right in and lose yourself completely. The colours are beautiful and it has a wonderful seal of approval from Katie Fforde herself on the cover.

The opening chapter is an absolute winner, from the opening line of 'If you're waiting for me to get down on one knee, I wouldn't hold your breath.' to the ghastly way our lovely protagonist Kate is dumped on her best friend's wedding day by her awful ex-boyfriend Ian. Oh and then it turns out that Ian is above Kate in the company she works for and he is ironically given the task of making her redundant. Who knew it was possible to be 'dumped' twice by the same person in such a short space of time. You will instantly like Kate and be fighting her corner from the very beginning willing her to succeed. Kate decides to not to let this stop her, so in a random and daring attempt to force her life in a new and exciting direction she takes a job as a 'Girl Friday' on the remote Scottish island of Auchenmor for the Laird of Duntarvie.

This island is full of wonderful characters such as Jean and Morag and you will fall in love with all of them and their 'crazy' islander ways. The island itself is written in such wonderful prose it's almost as if you are there yourself and can smell the lovely Scottish air. Roddy however is the character in question that you need to keep an eye on. He is Kate's new boss and he comes off as having more walls up than Fort Knox, but there may be a softer side to him that Kate wants to uncover. There may be a blossoming romance on the horizon, but will the gorgeous bagpipe player Finn get in the way (in more ways than one).

If that isn't enough of a hurdle, Roddy's vile ex-girlfriend Fiona turns up causing all kinds of problems and will say and do just about anything to keep Roddy and Kate apart. Sometimes when Fiona opened her mouth I almost threw my book across the room, but obviously I didn't because the urge to keep reading kept me turning the pages. But you can trust me when I say this, Fiona is awful.

This book has more heart than cupid and his bows put together and it will leave you wanting to move to this glorious place and meet all the fabulous people of Auchenmor.
This is a wonderful debut from an obviously talented author who has big things in her literary future. I am honoured to have had a few Twitter conversations with Rachael and not only is she talented but she is bloomin' lovely as well.

A stunning debut gets a stunning 10/10

This is a book that needs to be on everyone's must read list so I urge you to click the link below to make the magical purchase.

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That's it for now folks, happy reading.