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The Girl's Guide to Homemaking Paperback – 4 Feb 2011
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'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
A gorgeously romantic debut about rotten men, good men, hand-made aprons, and family secretsSee all Product description
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I love the way the author used a myriad of themes in her story telling. Juliet finally meets her wonderful man and finds her dream home but this is after she has a few stumbling blocks on her way; namely quitting her job,finding a new career, facing her demons and opening her heart to the possiblity of new love.I also loved the way the author uses quotes from old homemaking manuals at the start of each chapter. This added to the theme of Juliet finding her perfect home; she sees that a return to basic values and simplicity is the key to her achieving her dream life. So much so that this retro approach turns in to a new career for her. Home definitely is where the heart is.
I really enjoyed this book enormously. It is a book about simple values, homemaking, family and what happiness is all about. The writing flowed and the story line never waived. The characters were brilliant and I really rooted for the protagonist Juliet. She cames across as a really likeable, down to earth character.
I felt sad to have finished this read but was very pleased with the ending and how the author brought the story together. Wonderful .
Juliet was abandoned by her own mother after the death of her father, and soon it becomes clear why Juliet is so desperate to create a home for herself. As we grow up, we all want a nice home to live in, with nice things and homely bits and bobs around the place, but Juliet soon gives up on that hope once Simon leaves and lets her place turn to ruin - who wants to worry about washing floors and washing up when you're heartbroken? This is exactly what I love about the book - it's very real, all the emotion we get from Juliet feels very real and you can imagine yourself behaving the same as Juliet if you were ever unfortunate enough to find yourself in her position. I just wanted to give her a big hug!
There is an interesting subplot involving Juliet's best friend Imogen and her fiancé Jonathan. This was quite a curveball in the book, it didn't seem to fit in at all with the main plot of Juliet's messed up love life and moving on from that, but at the same time it made for great reading because I was curious to see how it would pan out for Imogen. It was good to read a strong female friendship too after the dissolution of the one between Juliet and Hanna at the beginning, and it shows how a good friend will pick you up even when you're at your lowest ebb. I really enjoyed it, it was well handled by the author, and while I was worried initially about how it would suit the book, it did so very well by the end and I felt like it definitely belonged.
As you can probably tell by my review so far, the book was a joy to read. Each of the chapters were begun with a quote from a homemaking book of yester-year, and these were charming little anecdotes. I loved how Juliet embraced the things her grandmother had written for her in her own homemaking book too, and Bratley describes the aprons, and sewing and other things Juliet creates so well, I could visualise in my mind what she was doing and the gorgeous 1950's print aprons. Bratley has a way of drawing us into Juliet's world so quickly and easily that you're pulled into the book from the beginning, and are loathe to leave it until you turn the very last page. A very enjoyable and wonderful read.
Loved it, thank you Amy Bratley, for some wonderful escapism from the rain.
I look forward to Amy's next book and hope that she becomes a household name in the chic lit genre.
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