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Kat's Review of Billy & Me by Giovanna Fletcher

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Synopsis: Sophie May has a secret.

One that she's successfully kept for years. It's meant that she's had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.

But then Sophie unexpectedly meets the gorgeous Billy Buskin - a famous actor with ambitions to make it to the top. As they begin to grow closer, Sophie finds herself whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy's glamorous - but ruthless - world.

After years of shying away from attention, can Sophie handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? How much is she prepared to give up along the way? And is their love strong enough to keep them together against the odds?

Kat's Rating: 4/5

 

Kat's Review: I really enjoyed Dream a Little Dream and was looking forward to reading another book by Fletcher. This one sounded a little more 'pat and predictable' however I never let things like that sway me before I have read a book so I got started. Sophie May lives in a very small village. The village seems like a very quaint (if not small and gossipy) type of village and I could just picture it in my mind. Sophie didn't venture to University or travelling the world but chose to stay close to her mum and ends up working in the local Tea Shop run by Molly. Sophie is an easy character to read although at times she irritated me with her lack of confidence and 'head in the sand' attitude. That aside the interaction between her and the wonderful character Molly was fabulous and I think in some was Molly adds to the charm of both the village and the tea shop.

When a film set rolls up to film in the village Sophie has no idea who the cute guy is that has appeared in the tea shop and it doesn't take long for them to start a relationship. It turns out that Billy Buskin is a famous actor and Sophie has no idea what she is letting herself in for. The story follows Sophie's journey as she transitions into Billy's world even leaving the village and moving down to London. There are a few threads to the story but it really does give a great insight into the 'other side' of the celebrity lifestyle.

The book was so easy to read and although predictable at times thoroughly enjoyable. I liked it when Sophie started to stick up for herself, albeit through grief rather than a backbone but it still made for a better more likeable girl. We see the battles Billy and Sophie face and the second half of the story I read in just on sitting. This is certainly an easy read and one that will leave you with a smile on your face. Not quite as good as Dream a Little Dream but still a great read, and one that leaves me wondering what next for Billy and Sophie. Luckily for me the latest book featuring these two was released this year so I am moving straight on to 'Always With Love'.

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