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Billy and Me [Kindle Edition]

Giovanna Fletcher
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (601 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Billy and Me is a gorgeously romantic debut novel about the redemptive power of love by actress, journalist and blogger Giovanna Fletcher.



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 she meets the gorgeous Billy - an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy's glamorous - but ruthless - world.



Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?



Charming, heartwarming and utterly romantic, Billy and Me will completely capture your heart.



Praise for Billy and Me:


'A gorgeous, gloriously romantic read with buckets of charm - I absolutely loved it!' Jill Mansell



'A sweet and sparkling debut from a lovely lady. Sure to be a hit' Carole Matthews



'Only the most hard-hearted could fail to root for Sophie as she falls for A-lister Billy and must take on the mad, bad world of showbiz. This sweet debut reminded me of Last Night at Chateau Marmont' Louise Candlish



'Wonderfully warm & cosy. The perfect comfort read to curl-up with and enjoy' Ali McNamara



'If you're looking for a romantic read and a summer treat that'll take you on a journey and leave you feeling like you've made a new friend, you'll love Billy and Me' Vanessa Greene



'Warm and romantic, this charming read will certainly brighten up your day' Closer



'This is one juicy read' Now



'Tons of charm and genuine warmth' Star Magazine


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A gorgeous, gloriously romantic read with buckets of charm - I absolutely loved it! (Jill Mansell)

A sweet and sparkling debut from a lovely lady. Sure to be a hit. (Carole Matthews)

Only the most hard-hearted could fail to root for Sophie as she falls for A-lister Billy and must take on the mad, bad world of showbiz. This sweet debut reminded me of Last Night at Chateau Marmont (Louise Candlish)

Wonderfully warm & cosy. The perfect comfort read to curl-up with and enjoy (Ali McNamara)

Warm and romantic, this charming read will certainly brighten up your day (Closer)

Tons of charm and genuine warmth (Star Magazine)

This is one juicy read (Now)

Must read (Sunday Mirror)

About the Author

Actress and freelance journalist, Giovanna is married to Tom Fletcher from McFly. She grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and spent most of her childhood talking to herself (it seems no one wanted to listen) or reading books. Giovanna is a firm believer in the power of magpies and positive energy. To see what makes Giovanna smile, view her blog at www.giovannasworld.com or her Twitter page @mrsgifletcher.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1127 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1405909951
  • Publisher: Penguin (23 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADXDZXS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (601 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 6 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was looking for an easy, light read one evening and came across this book. I hate to be negative but it was so badly written. Far too many exclamation points, rushed ending, no emotional connection with any of the characters - to say I was disappointed was an understatement. I skim-read two thirds of the book as I wanted to know what happened but I could have predicted it from the start. The big 'secret' wasn't well thought-out and there was no real incentive to feel sorry for Sophie as she was rather self-absorbed. A shame as a stronger edit would have made it a better book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No emotional connection 13 Jun. 2013
By Sally
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thought it was a nice story, an easy read but thought it really lacked an emotional connection between Sophie and Billy. It's a shame as Giovanna went into such emotional detail about her other relationships with her mum, dad and Molly and yet with Billy I just didn't feel they connected. There were no love scenes (and I know there doesn't need to be, or any particular detailed scenes) but even just a quick reference to it would be better than nothing. It seemed he was giving her a chaste kiss on their first date and then skipped to living with him. I shed a tear at other aspects of the book but felt nothing really about their relationship.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cute and touching story 23 May 2013
Format:Paperback
Firstly I'd like to thank the publishers for sending me this book to read and give an honest review. I had already read some good reviews for it so I was very excited to get started.

The story began with an introduction to Sophie's life, it also hinted at something unpleasant from her past and I was just dying to find out what the big secret was. When I finally did discover what Sophie had been hiding I was surprised because I thought it would be something worse!

I enjoyed reading about the teashop where Sophie worked, from the descriptions I found it so easy to picture the shop in my mind particularly her boss Molly and the elderly customers with their blunt words. Speaking of Molly, I absolutely adored her character - she was definitely one of my favourites and I could see why Sophie loved her so much.

When news came that a movie was going to be filmed in the village I was not expecting Sophie's calm reaction, the rest of the village was super excited but she seemed to be very unenthusiastic about the idea. However, by the time the film crew arrived Sophie was just as excited as the rest of the village, even though her celebrity crush Jude Law wouldn't be involved.

Sophie and Billy's first meeting was cute and really made me smile, I was hooked on their blossoming romance especially after an incredibly romantic first date. As their relationship progressed and Billy's career skyrocketed Sophie found herself being thrust into the spotlight and her life changed dramatically, she still managed to hold on to her down-to-earth ways though and this was something I liked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut! 23 May 2013
By Stacey
Format:Paperback
This heartwarming story will have you swooning over Billy one moment, then reaching for the Kleenex a moment later. From the first page I was completely hooked and I could not put it down, reading into the early hours - but it was so worth feeling like a zombie at work the next day!

It's not very often I gush about a female character but I thought Sophie May was absolutely fantastic. A modern-day Belle (Beauty and the Beast) walking through the village with her head in book. She was instantly likeable and so easy to relate to - not just because I adored Mr Blobby and wanted to be a Spice Girl too! With Giovanna drawing from her own experiences (married to McFly's Tom) in Sophie's character, I can only assume she's just as sweet as Sophie - I hope I get the chance to meet her at a book signing one day.

The only downside for me was the lack of epilogue - I really wanted to know what happened next. With the ending left slightly open, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel.

With a debut novel this good, I can't wait to see what book two holds.

Favourite quote:
"'As I said, I'm your dresser. So I'll be bringing you the costumes you need for the scenes each day and getting you in and out of them... not because we don't think you can dress yourself; it's just for my personal enjoyment,' she chuckles."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut that made me blub xXx 23 May 2013
By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Billy and Me is a fantastic modern day love story. Sophie is a very reserved character who works in a tea shop and lives a very sheltered, quiet life. Her safe and comfortable life is about to be turned upside down when a chance meeting with the gorgeous actor Billy leaves the couple head over heels in love. They always say opposites attract and this couldn't be more true with our two main characters here. Billy is very ambitious and wants to make it big but Sophie begins to wonder how she will be able to fit in with his life style.

As well as our wonderful two main characters there are also some fabulous supporting characters and the one that shines through for me is Sophie's unlikely best friend Molly who is also the wise old lady who owns the café that Sophie has worked in since leaving school. She is such a lovely character and a great friend to Sophie, I looked forward to her appearances in the book. As well as writing our loveable characters Giovanna also manages to write the more loathsome characters just as well. I particularly didn't like Billy's manager Paul he got my back up from the first meeting but his role in the book was perfect as it is what we expect in the acting world.

The memory that is going to stay with me and will there for not allow me to forget this book is that this is the first book that I have had to actually put down and stop reading because I had tears streaming down my face. I have read a handful of books that have brought a tear to my eye but this actually had me sobbing! The way Giovanna wrote a particularly heartbreaking scene towards the end of the book was so beautiful and delicately done that it really moved me.
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Just lovely. Couldn't put it down pulled at my heart and just made me smile. Can't wait for the next book I've downloaded.
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I've read many novels in my time and none have compared to Billy and Me! The story line was perfect and caught my interest almost instantly. Read more
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Well written, making me laugh out loud and cry (out loud as well). I read this in less than a day due to it's irresistibly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a big reader but I loved this book and couldn't put it down
I'm not a big reader but I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Looking forward to more from Gi :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay for a holiday read
This book was alright if you need something to read by the beach but the main characters are both pretty unbelievable and didn't hook me in anyway. Read more
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