Kat's Review: This story introduces us to twins Annie and Lauren. The opening of the story is the two of them attending their elder Sister Chelsea's 40th Birthday party. At only a year younger than her Annie and Lauren can't understand quite where their own lives went wrong in comparison to their elder sisters. Chelsea looks like she has the perfect package. Two beautiful children, a handsome and doting husband, the perfect marriage and to top it all money! With this in mind the pair of them makes a decision that this year will be their year. No matter what they will both chase their dreams.
Annie is married with two reasonably grown up children and a husband of over twenty years. She works for a company as a receptionist and the most excitement her life sees is the visitors to her company. Her husband is certainly devoted, just not to her. She is a fishing widow and to top it all off she begins to feel completely unfulfilled. Lauren is the polar opposite to Annie working in Sales for a successful company. She has no ties and no responsibility. The only problem is her life revolves around her married lover. She is hopelessly in love with him and truly believes that it is only a matter of time before he enters her life permanently. Or is it?
Carole Matthews never ceases to amaze me. Her last book `That Loving Feeling' was a corker and this one is no different. As an author she tends to give the audience exactly what they want without compromising her own writing style. This story is written around a situation that many women will empathise with being realistic, but not overboard. Annie is a typical married woman who still loves her husband and children but is going through a phase where she just wants a bit of excitement. This makes for some very funny situations which women around the world will be laughing at.
The same applies to Lauren, Annie's twin. She is a typical woman that wants it all but knows that she can't really have it. The two characters Annie and Lauren have been written extremely well and I loved them both from Chapter one. The male characters are also fantastically written without being too `overdone'. There is nothing better than reading a character that you can actually imagine meeting. I don't want to go in to too much detail with regards to the actual story because I don't like spoilers but the men and women featured in the storyline are fab!
Another thing that I like about Carole Matthews style of writing is that she tends to come out with some very funny one liners or situations that make me laugh out loud. I think it isn't so much the actual words themselves but the fact that they are something you can maybe imagine yourself, or somebody you know doing! Look out for the Car Wash incident (v. v. funny). I confess to still somewhat missing Carole's contribution to her `Chocolate Lovers' series. For some reason these books have always been my favourite of hers, having said that this most recent book and her last one I would give 5 out of 5.
Overall Carole Matthews produces typical Romantic Comedy in her own style and never fails to amuse me in some way, shape or form. Don't get me wrong, yes all of her books are of the same Genre and style but that is why I continue to read them. If it's not broken, don't fix it and Carole Matthew's books certainly don't need fixing. After all you don't buy a Horror Film expecting to see romance do you?!?