‘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 . . .’
A big thank you to Lucie at Pan for sending me a copy to review!
Move over Bridget Jones, there’s a new sassy singleton in town and she loves Pear Cider!
Jessica Beam; blogger and party goer, lives by one rule ‘don’t let the emotions get involved’
A rule that’s served her well for the past ten years but now Jess finds herself homeless and jobless thanks to ‘best friend’ Summer.
But then an alcohol fuelled epiphany leads Jess to knock on her grandmothers door and that’s when the fun begins.
Matilda Beam isn’t just Jess’s grandmother, she was once a very successful author of many ‘Good Woman’ guides and now with finances tight she finds herself desperate for them to be reprinted. But how can she prove the guides would still work in the modern era?
Take one modern granddaughter, one arrogant eligible bachelor and make him fall in love with her….
I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK! If we were going to compare my love of this book to something else, I would say I love it more than WINE! Which ladies and gentleman is A LOT!
Jessica is a fantastic character, I found her easy to relate to, despite there being times when I wanted to shake her and make her open her eyes. The wonderful thing with Jessica is that at one point or another every reader will say ‘I’m Jessica Beam’
It was incredibly refreshing to discover such a strong female protagonist.
Then we have Peach, Matilda’s live in assistant. Desperate for friendship, Peach is ecstatic to have Jess comes to stay, she always wanted a best friend like in the movies and Nows her chance.
I loved the vulnerability that Peach shows and really enjoyed the friendship that formed between her and Jess.
Greenwood doesn’t just spoil us with great female characters, she’s thrown in a couple of HOT men too.
One of whom happens to be Leo Frost, the man who must fall in love with Jess.
But Leo may start off as an arrogant jerk, soon starts to show a deeper side to his character and before you can say yo-yo knickers, you find you love him.
In fact I am that in love with Leo I’m even contemplating giving the ‘Good Woman’ dating tips ago, *goes off in search of vintage gloves*
Greenwood has yet again created a story that will have you laughing out loud, smiling uncontrollably and bereft when you reach the last page!