My first ever book review! I was asked to do a guest review of ‘Only You’ by Lorna Peel, for the fab book blog VictoriaLovesBooks.
“Jane Hollinger is single, divorced, and the wrong side of thirty – as she puts it. Her friends are pressuring her to dive back into London’s dating pool, but she’s content with her quiet life as a genealogy teacher.
Robert Armstrong is every woman’s fantasy: handsome, charming, rich and famous. When he asks her to meet him, she convinces herself it’s because he needs her help with a mystery in his family tree. Soon she realizes he’s interested in more than her genealogical expertise. Now the paparazzi want a piece of Jane too.
Can Jane handle living — and loving — in the spotlight?”
Jane is still nursing the wounds left after her husband wandered off with a tall skinny blonde three years ago and she is not at all interested in moving on. However, her best friend and not so sympathetic sister have decided that the best way to get over one man, is to get under another, and so secretly enrol Jane on a dating website. Jane is unimpressed, unaware that even without the girls input her luck is about to change…
A genealogy lecturer, Jane begins teaching a new class at the Mill Street adult education centre. Here we meet the delightful comedy couple, Diana and Dave. The posh new grandma and gay actor create an unlikely friendship, providing light-hearted humour throughout the book. They both become protective of Jane, and later on Dave turns detective… bringing us on to Mitch, aka Robert Armstrong. With his fake accent, stage makeup and colour changing contact lenses he understandably unsettles the group at first, but is accepted into the fold after revealing his true identity; that of a rather famous actor who happens to star in most of Jane’s favourite films, and therefore features in her favourite fantasies too!
The unlikely relationship between Jane and Robert begins when he forgoes the makeup and recruits her genealogy training to try to understand his family’s mysterious past. Their love blossoms over a passion for history, a freak food poisoning incident and an ill-timed family emergency. However, just as they become close, and solve the mystery, the paparazzi get involved! Jane, coined ‘the mystery woman’, finds her face everywhere and struggles to cope with the press attention, including undercover journalists attending her classes and interviewing her students! With a gossip magazine desperate to uncover her identity, a mole leaking information to the press and one scarily jealous sister, Jane calls off the relationship and hides away from the spotlight.
Unhappy and alone, but safe from the press attention, has Jane made the right decision?
Lorna Peel writes in a friendly flowing manner, the story is very fast paced and the amusing characters are interesting without being too intricate. Funny, chatty and lighthearted, this book is a happy adventure, which has certainly inspired me to join an evening class, as you never know who else might join!
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Thank you Victoria for asking me to review this!