Chick-Lit, Reviews, Romance

Review: Bidding for Love

Bidding for Love Bidding for Love by Katie Fforde

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

Katie Fforde’s romantic chick-lit novels may not be the most well-written, and the plots may be formulaic, but they are sweet and a little sexy – just what you need sometimes, especially in summer. I particularly enjoy the rural English settings which always make me feel cozy and more than a little envious. Bidding for Love, like most of the other of Fforde’s novels I’ve read feature a spunky young woman trying to make it on her own in an unfamiliar setting. In this case, Flora has inherited more than half of the family auction house from a distant relative.
Flora, despite a rocky start, and a less than warm welcome, makes friends and starts to settle into the small village, her cozy cottage, and eventually the business. Until she realizes she’s falling in love with her stuffy, unavailable business partner. It is, as expected, a sweet, easy, breezy read. However, and maybe this is just because I’m an average American, but I kept getting hung up on the fact that Flora and Charles are cousins even though the distance of that relationship was reiterated often throughout the novel. It didn’t bother me enough to stop me from enjoying the story and the setting though.

I just love British Chick-Lit and I’m always looking for a new author in the genre (so if there’s someone you enjoy reading, please pass it on!) but for now Katie Fforde is my go-to writer for a gentler romantic comedy thanks to those cozy rural settings, spunky heroines, and sweet romances.  I particularly enjoyed Artistic License, Stately Pursuits, and Highland Fling.  

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Review: My Not So Perfect Life

4 Stars

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My Not So Perfect Life is the first novel by Sophie Kinsella that I’ve read that isn’t part of her Shopaholic series (unless you count one written under the name Madeleine Wickham, which I prefer not to). I enjoyed the first Shopaholic novel, Confessions of a Shopaholic, immensely but the series’ heroine, Becky, quickly became everything that Chick-Lit haters complain about the most in the genre – shallow, materialistic, ditzy, and prone to ridiculous antics. Fortunately, the heroine of My Not So Perfect Life, Katie Brenner, seems, even at her lowest points, more mature and self-aware than Becky.
That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t make plenty of mistakes on her journey to self-acceptance. In the beginning, Katie is trying to fit into her London life and workplace by pretending to be a different version of herself. Of course, she gets into some awkward situations – the trash sandwich scene was pretty rough – and she’s forced to accept that her London dreams may not be possible and returns to her family’s farm though her pride won’t let her tell them the exact circumstances of why. Which of course leads to more awkward moments and some humorous antics. Along the way, Katie (and Demeter) learn about being oneself, judging people too quickly, pride, and friendship. It is a bit of a girl power novel with a dash of romance. I loved Alex but the romance subplot seemed forced as did Katie’s triumphant return to London. It just seemed slapped together after the well-rounded first 3/4 of the book. That’s probably my own complaint. It was a fun summer read and a nice addition to the Chick-Lit genre.

If you enjoy My Not So Perfect Life, you may also like Copygirl by Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa