'Take a long bath with The Girls' Guide to Homemaking - superior chick lit about a woman who dreams of the perfect home, but ends up alone and usually hungover in an untidy, expensive flat, after her boyfriend messed it all up. Sister, we've all been there!' --Grazia magazine
'Inspired by the vintage trend, The Girls' Guide to Homemaking by Amy Bratley is a novel about easing heartbreak by using `50s homemaking manuals.' --Asos magazine
'This of-the-moment debut novel by this brilliant writer features rotten men, good men, hand-made parons and family secrets. It's a fresh new style of chick lit which everyone will find utterly unputdownable.' --Take It Easy magazine
What makes you happy? What do you want from life? I ran through a list of things that I supposed would make me sound cool. And then I told the truth. A home, I said. A home with some people in it I love. On a mission to have the perfect home, with tweeting bluebirds and a white picket fence, Juliet hits a major stumbling block - reality. On the first night with her boyfriend in their new flat, Juliet discovers that Simon has been sleeping with her best friend. After growing up in a dysfunctional family with secrets that haunt her, there's no way she is prepared to build her nest on a broken branch. Heartbroken and seeking an escape from her troubles, Juliet retreats into the comforting world of her grandmother's 1950s homemaking manuals, discovering tips like 'put a ribbon in your hair to brighten your husband's day' and though Juliet knows that wont get her anywhere, she discovers that craft and homemaking are back in style. Taking control of her life, Juliet is determined to get her home with a heart. But who will win hers?