The Only Way is Up Paperback – 28 Mar 2013
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Simply brilliant (Closer)
A story loaded with laughter, tears and hope (Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker's Wife)
Witty, funny and incredibly touching (Heat)
Matthews is one of the few writers who can rival Marian Keyes's gift for telling heart-warming tales with buckets of charm and laughs (Daily Record)
What do you do when there's nothing left to lose? A tale about finding happiness from the Sunday Times bestselling and readers' favourite Carole MatthewsSee all Product description
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Lily and Laurence Lamont-Jones have the sort of lifestyle most could only dream about. They have a beautiful house, expensive holidays, jewellery and fast cars. In addition to this their two children attend a horribly expensive boarding school. When they return from their latest luxury holiday they find that their house is boarded up and they have lost everything that they have ever owned. With nowhere to go they end up being moved to a notoriously rough council estate. Will they manage to build their lives back and return to their luxurious surroundings, or are they destined to stay on the Netherslade Bridge estate forever.
This book is on the money. Right at this moment in time it seems that many people are struggling with money and the economy is not exactly at its peak at the moment. This is why I feel a story like this at a time like this is perfect.
It doesn't take long, no more than a few pages, to get into the story with the Lamont-Jones'. The story is written as usual in an easy style which really gets the reader connecting with the characters. Lily and Laurence is a seemingly perfect couple that have it all. However Lily finds that Laurence has lost his job and on their return from their holiday they are left with nothing. Although Laurence has made many mistakes you can't help but like the guy. His story is one that is not that far from reality as I recall reading about other people that had been in that situation and tried to sweep it under the carpet.
Following their swift departure into the world of the poor and penniless we see the family relocated to a rough estate where their world goes from bad to worse. Once they are situated in the house, they have to literally build their life up from scratch and they manage to do it with the most unlikely of people.
In addition to loving Laurence, I also fell in love with Lily, who although slightly spoiled as a stay at home mum when Laurence was working, is actually a funny and warm person who I loved from the very beginning. We also meet Tracey the Lamont-Jones new next door neighbour who is brilliantly written and I could almost picture this book as a film.
Although this particular book isn't the first type with this kind of story, Carole Matthews brings it to life with great humour and wonderful characters. Her writing style is easy to read and the pages practically turned themselves. There are some very funny events in this book too which had me laughing out loud which is always a plus for me. On top of all that the ending was perfect.
I must say that since the release of Carole Matthews Chocolate Lovers series, I have never found anything I liked as much, until this. This book was the perfect combination of a great story, brilliant characters and a brilliant setting. All in all, a wonderful read and one that I would highly recommend.
The book follows the life of Lily and Lawrence who, after coming back from a holiday, find themselves homeless and without a penny to their name. The story follows how they cope with this and the friends they make on the way. It's a feel good story and certainly makes you appreciate what you've got.
It lost a star because I found it a little silly and unbelievable. I know that it's fiction but it was a little much at times - I can't believe that you can lose everything like that and be in the situation they were. Would you really spend £20,000 on a holiday if you knew?
All in all, a good read, which I enjoyed. I can't wait for her next one.