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Romantic, sexy and funny
on 3 August 2008
What a great page-turning treat this is! As ever, Phillipa Ashley has caught the zeitgeist, with her initial premise of a heroine who has to escape the media frenzy surrounding a reality TV show. She escapes from this metropolitan world, and her insensitive, narcissistic boyfriend, to a Cornwall that will be deliciously familiar to all who've known and loved the place (I could almost feel the sand between my toes, and see the blue sky - when it isn't lashing down with rain). She finds there (now this is where she parts company with reality) a stunningly gorgeous, strong, principled yet vulnerable hero. But one of them is hiding the truth, while the other is denying it, so how are they to get together? The question is answered in an exhilarating narrative, full of twists and turns.
The novel is pacey, witty, hilariously funny even in some parts, yet it can be touching as well, when the characters display the wounds that the past has dealt them. There are some great minor characters, human and canine, and some hilarious set pieces. And in the end (I hope this is not too great a spoiler) the values of Reality Show Britain receive a good kicking, and I let out a great cheer.