Friday 16 December 2011

Book Review: Wrapped Up In You By Carole Matthews

Title: Wrapped Up In You
Author: Carole Matthews
Publisher: Sphere

Summary: A Christmas fling, or has Janie found the real thing?
Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson's single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind-date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it's time to do something dramatic with her life.

It's time for an adventure!
Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa. Her friends think she's mad and Janie thinks they may very well be right...then she falls head over heels for her tour guide- and fully fledged Maasai warrior- Dominic. But can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him?

Review: Firstly, I must comment on the Christmassy cover it makes me feel all warm inside and extremely excited for the big day itself.

I truly loved the touching letter from the author Carole Matthews, although when I started this book I was unwell. So, alongside the book I've drank honey and lemon and not wine and choccies as Carole suggests.

I instantly fell in love with the main character Janie Johnson.
Janie makes you smile as she's fun and in a way carefree. 

Just like many women she wants to feel real love and to be loved wholeheartedly in return.
The only thing that worries her friends and us readers is Janie's naivety. 
But that's also a sweet sentiment to the context of the novel.

Janie's disastrous blind-date will have many women laughing out loud me included. We've all given a guy a story as to why it won't work. 
But who can say they've jumped out of a toilet window into the arms of a lesbian hen-party. I certainly can't top that. 

Janie's trip to the Maasai Mara makes me want to visit Africa. 
A few friends went to Kenya and thoroughly enjoyed it. 
It also makes me think of the cultural differences between us. 
There's many things we take for granted like a hot soak in the bath, one other thing we hate yet take for granted is rain. 
Some countries are wishing for it, if only we could bottle and send some rain clouds?.

If you think this is your average chick-lit novel then think again. 
There are so many twists that you would never have expected. 
They'll be times when you agree with Janie's best friend Nina and times that you want to beat her to a pulp.
I truly loved Mike- everyone needs a friend like Mike in their lives, he's so warm and giving and he'd never want anything in return. 
The worrying thing is there any Mike's left in the world?.

What I also loved was the Christmas Q&A with Carole Matthews and the first two chapters of her next novel Summer Daydreams.
I've read two of Carole's novels and I can say I will definitely read Summer Daydreams and I will also go through the back catalogue.


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