I have been a fan of Molly Hopkins ever since I read her debut novel `It Happened In Paris', which by the way, if any of you haven't read, then you need to try it because it is a truly fabulous book. Having loved Paris so much, I was very excited when I heard about `It Happened In Venice'.
I raced through this book, I enjoyed it so much and was reading at every opportunity I could get. The story opens with Evie and Rob on holiday in Barbados, which I became engrossed in immediately. I'd barely finished the first chapter and I was crying with laughter, and had tears streaming down my face. Throughout the story there are many more hilarious moments, most of which had me sniggering and bursting out loud with laughter, prompting many funny looks from my fiance.
Evie is everything you could want in a main character of this genre, she's hilarious, she loves beautiful clothes and drinks far more than she should! But most of all, she gets herself into crazy situations, and the way she deals with them makes for a gripping read. I really became involved in Evie's character, at times I was really rooting for her, and at other times I was screaming at the pages, wanting to give Evie a shake and to give her some much needed advice (you'll see what I mean). Overall Evie is such a likeable and relatable character and I'm sure everyone will warm to her.
All of the old characters are back for the sequel as well, firstly there's Evie's handsome now-fiancé Rob, who I think everyone couldn't get enough of in book one! Then there's Evie's housemate Lulu who thinks the answer to everything is to go shopping or drink more (I want to be her friend so badly!), Evie's sister Lexy with her two twin children Lauren and the evil Becky, who manages to frighten me from within the pages, I dearly hope my future children aren't like that!!! We also see the return of John, Insignia Tours' most valued customer, as he whisks Evie away to many different parts of the world on his business trips. I must say, I absolutely loved the relationship and the banter between Evie and John, I loved their friendship, their jokes and I always looked forward to scenes where John featured. My favourite characters however, have to be Nikki and his Greek family who work in the bar. I absolutely LOVE them, especially Nikki's mother Maria who made me laugh all the time. Nikki also had a special place in my heart, I fell in love with him during `It Happened In Paris' and was positively delighted that he featured a lot in `It Happened In Venice'. If the characters were real, I'd be in Nikki's bar from the moment it opened right up until closing time!
There are some surprises in store, sexy scenes, a lot of laugh out loud moments and hours of joyous reading ahead of you if you buy this book! Molly Hopkins you are amazing and I absolutely LOVED this book!
It Happened In Venice is the PERFECT sequel to Paris. It is hilarious, it is fun, and it is so well written that from the moment you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down!