Book Review: The Vintage Guide To Love And Romance | Kirsty Greenwood
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, her mortgage repayments are staggering and her granddaughter wears neon Wonderbras.
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.
The true test of their make-over will be to capture the heart of notorious London playboy Leo Frost and prove that Matilda's guides still work. It's going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull this off . . .
I was sent this book from 'Pan Macmillan' Via NetGalley for an honest Review.
From the moment I spotted this book and read the blurb, I knew for a fact that this book was going to be perfect for me. Oh how I do enjoy being right.
Kirsty Greenwood is one talented writer, but I bet she was the naughty kid in school who taught you all the 'cool' swear words because this book certainly gave me an education in new levels of naughty words. My absolute favourite has to be 'cockwaffle', it has served me well so far in many a different situation.
Meet Jessica Beam, a girl who loves life and lives without giving a damn about what people think about her. She's loud, brash, swears like a sailor and she is thoroughly entertaining. From the moment I started reading I was literally laughing out loud. Not the kind of book I normally read in public but when it's this funny, who the hell cares!
However Jessica doesn't start her story out so well, she loses her job and her home all in the same day. And it turns out her best friend turns out to be a bit of a selfish cow. So she sets of to meet her long lost grandmother Matilda Beam. Matilda is a fabulous lady but she is also having somewhat of a difficult time. With threats of her potentially losing her home, she is trying her best to get her 1950's how to guides republished.
Enter Jess, the perfect 'Guinea pig' to snag the perfect kind of book deal. Jessica herself is a writer looking to be published and this literary unison couldn't seem more perfect. So they set out to turn Jessica Beam, who is a thoroughly modern girl who swears and is anything but demure; into a lovely 1950's girl to prove that these methods can still bag the perfect man.
The man in question is Leo Frost, a man who Jessica is convinced is a vile scoundrel and is hoping to make him pay for being the kind of man that she hates. But things don't exactly turn out as she expects, and Leo seems to be much more than she bargained for. The way this relationship develops is funny and touching at the same time, it definitely kept you turning those pages.
Overall this is a bloody marvellous book where the characters are 'real' and entertaining, and some real life issues are dealt with in such a wonderful way. This is a thoroughly entertaining book that needs to be read because it will remind you exactly what a belly laugh feels like.
Kirsty has said there will be further books about the misadventures of Jessica Beam, and I genuinely cannot wait to have every book in this series. And every book that Kirsty writes.
I gave this book a fabulously entertaining 10/10
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