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It Started With A Kiss Paperback – 10 Nov 2011
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Praise for It Started with a Kiss:
‘This book kept me hooked until the end – I loved it!’. Closer
‘A guilty pleasure.’ Grazia
‘The perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter’s eve.’ Closer
About the Author
Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. From an early age she dreamed of writing a book that would make the heady heights of Kingswinford Library. Following a Performance Art degree, she began to write in earnest when a friend gave her The World's Slowest PC. She is also a singer-songwriter. Her first novel, Fairytale of New York was a Sunday Times Top 10 title.
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You start of with Romily meeting up with her best friend Charlie and she is having a debate in her head about whether she should admit to Charlie that she is in love with him. When she finally reveals her feelings to him, he has no idea how to process what has just been said and that results in Romily running out of the café and away from Charlie.
After running away Romily ends up running into a Christmas stall and destroying parts of it, she ends up trying to put it all back together and is shocked that this random stranger actually helps her out. She finds him quite attractive but unfortunately doesn't get his name, soon after they depart ways she finds herself up by the arts and crafts market where out of no where they guy that helped her has came and followed her. They share a brief moment with a kiss and then the guy has to go but before she has chance to find anything else about the guy he disappears into the crowd.
After she goes to visit her Auntie and Uncle she develops the idea of starting a blog with a quest to find the stranger for a whole year. She has no idea if it will work or no but with some encouragement from her bandmates and her Auntie and Uncle she finds her quest spiralling out of control but in a good way because she gets lots of supporters.
The quest is going well but Romily finds that each time she starts getting closer the mystery man she seems to hit a dead end. By the time she is half way through the year her blog has got loads of people following her and encouraging her to continue with her quest, she is already trying to build bridges back with Charlie and it is proving harder than anything else.
Charlie has been acting completely different since the new year and Romily can't quite put her finger on it, but it seems to her that everyone else in their band is in on some big secret and every time they start to say something they all just quickly drop the subject like it's nothing important.
Towards the end of this book I honestly thought that I knew how it would turn out but the way it actually does end completely shocks and throws you. If you honestly want to know what happens at the end then I would definitely pick up this book and read it. Once I did start reading it I couldn't put it down at all, I knew I wouldn't be happy until I read the whole way through.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't drawn to the book by its pretty cover...prime example of judging a book by its cover. Essentially though it was the description of the book that made me order the book.
I started reading this book on the plane and that is as far as I got with...I gave the book a fair chance, but I really found it hard to get into if I'm honest and I usually am a hopeless romantic when it comes to chick lit, but I just couldn't get into this book!
Dickinson is very witty and I enjoyed her writing style, but I just found the plot itself hard to believe. I just found the fact that the main character Romily happens to bump into a handsome stranger who she ends up sharing a kiss with after only five minutes and then he has to leave really hard to believe.
My lack of belief stopped me reading the rest of the book, but I still have it sitting on my book shelf in my room. I have to admit I do get a bit bored if I don't immediately become sucked into a book, but it may just be something that will take me a bit of time to get into so I am thinking of picking it up and reading it again at some point.
It Started With a Kiss has great pace, with lots of ‘action’ and different locations in it and the plot moved swiftly through the year. Romily’s underlying quest made it a real page turner for me – I didn’t want to put the book down until I’d found out if Romily found her man! In addition to the ‘mystery man’ storyline, there is also the ongoing saga of Romily and Charlie’s friendship/possible romance as the two try to work out their true feelings for each other during the course of the year. The two romantic strands combine to bring lots of tension to the plot and a very clever ending to the story that I didn’t see coming!
As with Miranda’s previous books, there is a lovely cast of supporting characters in It Started With A Kiss; Romily is part of a wedding band called The Pinstripes and the group are a close knit bunch. The friendships and details of the band’s events felt very authentic and band life and the experience of being a wedding singer is clearly something Miranda feels very comfortable writing about. My favourite characters by far though were Romily’s Uncle Dudley and Aunty Mags who dispense love and wisdom from their narrow-boat home and are instrumental in keeping Romily going in her quest but are also responsible for much of the book’s warm humour.
The weddings and events that the band attend make a fun and interesting backdrop for the story and I liked that Romily creates her own blog to chart her year long quest. I thought her blog entries and the comments on them really made the story hang together nicely and for readers who have enjoyed Miranda’s previous novels there are little links to the earlier books woven into the story which I had fun trying to spot!
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