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"Wonderfully likeable characters and a realistic plot." Sun"
"The dates in How To Get a (Love) Life can be excruciatingly awkward, but they're hilarious . . . a great read." Hello"
"A very funny, very real portrayal of someone struggling with an extremely large rut . . . Nicola's search for a date and, ultimately, for someone to love is ridiculously funny, sweet and had a proper 'sigh out loud and hug my kindle end.' I'm sad I've finished it." chicklitlove.blogspot.co.uk"
-Wonderfully likeable characters and a realistic plot.- --Sun
-The dates in How To Get a (Love) Life can be excruciatingly awkward, but they're hilarious . . . a great read.- --Hello
-A very funny, very real portrayal of someone struggling with an extremely large rut . . . Nicola's search for a date and, ultimately, for someone to love is ridiculously funny, sweet and had a proper 'sigh out loud and hug my kindle end.' I'm sad I've finished it.- --chicklitlove.blogspot.co.uk
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How to Get a (Love) Life is Rosie Blake's debut novel and what an entrance to the literary world she has made. How to Get a (Love) Life is a funny, romantic and addictive novel that I read completely in one sitting. Her characters were poles apart in their personalities and yet jammed well to make a realistic work setting while going on a hunt for possible dates. Nicola's brother, Mark, comes and goes through her life leaving the reader with small smiles on their faces. With chapter openers being laid out like a lonely hearts advert Blake shows a unique style of keeping the audience entertained with her novel.
I obviously won't ruin the book by telling you if Nicola finds love but I think the important lesson learnt through this book isn't about finding love. It's about finding time to live and to enjoy things in life. Yes, you're going to have dates from hell. Yes, your perfectly organised world might crash around you at times. But it doesn't matter. Life is a learning curve and one you should enjoy no matter what. So why not enjoy it a little more and give this book a read?
I want to say I love the cover of this books, nothing fancy or over the top as it might have been, but it just makes you want to pick up the book to find out what it's all about.
We first meet Nicola as she is the queue to go on a singles holiday, this instantly had me intrigued..... but this book isn't about Nicola trying to find a lovelife on a singles holiday. It is all about what happens before she ends up at the airport......
I've got to say Rosie had me laughing at Nicolas disasterous dates the one with the Kayake was hilarious, think personally I would of killed him with anything I could of got my hands (middle of November, no way).
Rosie surrounded Nicola with a host of likeable characters Charlotte and her madcap but loveable children. Nicholas brother, who if he was mine think I would of killed after the dates he set Nicola up with.
Then there was James, Nicolas boss, wish I had a boss like him.....
I loved all the dates totally believeable, I'm sure everyone can tell about disasterous dates, I certainly can, although not as good as Rosie's. I would love to read more of Rosie's books.
She starts a new job at an acting agency run by the rather georgeous, good looking James Sullivan. The only other person in the office is her work colleague Caroline, a mum of two young children whose life is all nannies and chaos with the kids running wild around the office when the babysitting arrangements fall down. Caroline looks at Nicola's life with sadness, she sees Nicola a very young and attractive girl, set in her ways and sadly with no one to share her life with. She decides to turn this on its head and challenges Nicola to find someone by Valentine's Day. Although initially Nicola is reluctant and sceptical about the whole dating scene she takes up the challenge. What ensues is a whole load of hillarious dating disasters with men who are completely unsuitable but which results in her being able to relate the tales of these to her friend Caroline and brother Mark resulting in lots of fun and laughter.
This new scenario she is in suddenly makes her a more interesting person and makes her determined to continue with the dating until she finds someone to share her life with. In the end it's the man who she doesn't date but who is right in front of her nose that she ends up with. You could see this coming but it was sweet watching how this came about and it was such a lovely heart warming ending!
I found the dates really funny although i was very surprised she didn't end up hitting one or two of them in particular popcorn man :) I did wonder if the dates were based on real life experiences by the author or people she knew? If they are real I am so glad I have somehow managed in life to steer clear of the whole dating palava although at the same time it sounds like alot of fun :) I found Nicola a really lovely character who i could really warm to. Her hiding away and living a singleton life with no dates but still being contented is probably quite a common scenario in the normal population with many needing to be pushed by friends or family to change their lives. Even then some will simply not budge.
There were many other great characters mentioned in this book in addition to Caroline and James and that include's Nicola's Bat-loving brother Mark, Nicola's mother, Chris - a very good looking and in demand actor and Julio - Nicola's stalking Spanish landlord. The book was really well written and had the right amount of humour, a very likable heroine and a georgeous hero to step in and save the day! what more could any reader want? Fantastic debut novel!
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