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Praise for Jane Costello:
'Jane Costello is one of our favourite authors' --Cosmopolitan
'Close the doors, open a bottle of wine, get out the chocs and enjoy this wonderfully witty read. Jane Costello at her best' --Milly Johnson
'Packed with likeable characters and witty one-liners' --Sunday Mirror
'Riotous... thoroughly enjoyable and laugh-out-loud hilarious' --Heat
About the Author
Jane Costello is the author of nine novels, including Bridesmaids, The Wish List, The Time of Our Lives and her latest, Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel, which is published by Simon & Schuster in March 2016. Jane was a newspaper journalist before she became an author, working on the Liverpool Echo, the Daily Mail and the Liverpool Daily Post, where she was Editor. She continues to write for newspapers and magazines and has contributed articles to the Guardian, Marie Claire, Prima and The Times, among others. Jane has won several awards for her books, including the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Comedy Award, which she took home in 2010 for The Nearly Weds. She lives in Liverpool with her husband Mark and three young sons. Find out more at www.janecostello.com and follow her on Twitter @janecostello
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I have told Jane Costello over on Twitter that I have been caught belly laughing on several occasions reading her books and this book was just the same.
Dan and Gemma live together in a rented flat, but want to buy a house together so to save money they move in with Dan's Mum "temporarily" to save on rent so they can save for a deposit.
Now, if you have read any of Jane's previous books, you will know that things never go to plan and so once they move into Dan's Mum's (Belinda) they soon start to wonder if they have made the right decision.
Belinda is not your common and garden Mother in Law. She is a party animal and manages to mortify Dan on a daily basis! Some of the things she said and did made me cringe, but she was a great character!
I love the character of the Estate Agent Rich (who likes to think he is a big cheese in real estate and God's gift to women!!). He had me laughing out loud on many occasions!
Gemma falls in love with Pebble cottage and badgers Rich to get the cottage by hook or by crook, but you just know that things won't run smoothly, especially as Gemma's ex comes on the scene and blows her feelings about the future sky high!
Another great read by Jane Costello. I have read all her books and eagerly await her new ones every year.
Although I found the book to be entertaining and enjoyable, and I did not put it down until I had read the whole thing in one day, I did find parts of it frustrating. Most of it pertained to the characters - mainly the female protagonist, Gemma. I found her to be unreasonable, dramatic and very selfish when it came to what she wanted and what she was asking of her boyfriend of 4 years.
She was being very picky about every single house they saw together, and when she finally set her sights on a house, she was determined to have it come hell or high water. She selfishly asked her boyfriend to sell his flat and have them move in with his mother, and as the events unfold she continues to ask for more and more of him to the point where he gives up the job of his dreams in order to get a high paying job to afford this place she is obsessed with. Add to that the fact that for some silly reason, Costello decided to add more drama in there (like living with his mom wasn't enough drama), and brought back Gemma's first love to make things more complicated. Except, they didn't need to get complicated had Gemma been a decent human being, but of course, a few nice words from this random guy whom she hasn't seen in 20+ years, and a couple of arguments with Dan and she's off running into the other guy's arms for comfort. Ugh. Typical.
I was so disappointed at that turn of events. Her decisions and the sacrifices made for buying the house may have been bearable had it not been for the love triangle there, which just made me completely dislike her. Add to that the fact that she ends up NOT getting the house after all, after all they've given up for it. Sheesh.
On the other hand, Dan was everything a man should be. Understanding, compassionate, supportive, loving, funny and forgiving. He had his "not very nice" moments with his mother, but I find that completely natural given the circumstances and how intrusive his mother could be.
All of that being said, I really liked the side stories and secondary characters interwoven into the storyline and I enjoyed reading this book and found myself laughing out loud at certain moments. A very good and solid read that was exactly what I needed to get me out of my slump and back into the reading zone.