Wrapped Up in You by Carole Matthews

wrapped up in you by carole matthews

Back of the book says:

‘A Christmas fling, or has Janie found the real thing?
Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson’s single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it’s time to do something dramatic with her life.
It’s time for an adventure!
Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa. Her friends think she’s mad and Janie thinks they may very well be right . . . but then she falls head over heels for her tour guide and fully fledged Maasai Warrior Dominic. But can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him?’

My thoughts:

Janie Johnson at first comes across as the type that just needs to stand up for herself and get on with her life. When taking a step back and thinking about why she is so apprehensive thoughts about what I would do in that position swarm my head. In a fight or flight situation it would have to be flight to somewhere far away for at least two weeks just to chill. But then it all depends on what sort of person you are and I reckon Janie is the type who doesn’t want to hurt anyone and will keep quiet if it means that she will spare some one else’s feelings.

The other characters in this book are all very different from each other and I think this is what makes them so charming and memorable. Not so miserable mike is the reliable type of guy who is there to fill a space in any given situation whether it be fixing a leaky tap or making dinner with a movie. There is Nina who is the best friend with an awful cheating, lying swine of a husband but lets him get away with as close to murder as possible. Archibald the Aggressive is the once feral cat who is fighting his domesticated existence.

Finally after being forced to see the light through her ex boyfriends news of a new engagement Janie pulls her socks up cleans out her bank account and goes on Safari (for a long weekend – which costs the earth?!). Enter Dominic the tall, lean, fully fledged Maasai Warrior. Now Just Janie loses herself in the heat, game trips and Dominic’s strong arms. After spending her last night in the Mara with the lovely Dominic she wants to stay put forever but has to return to the dreary UK where yet again she will most likely be the talk of more salacious gossip and worthless chit-chat.

Without giving any more of the story away the question is will Dominic and Janie make it work? Long distance or a big move? At times there were points that I wanted to close this book and not continue as some of the characters were truly annoying. In reality if some of what happened actually took place people would have either ended up in A&E or without some teeth. This book was truly emotional and a great read to snuggle up with and power through. The cover is misleading however the title is a good play on words as Janie is truly wrapped up in her love for Dominic – when you read it you will get it!

Get reading!

From: Sphere (An imprint of Little Brown Books)

Pages: 421

Buy from: Amazon, Waterstones, The Book Depository, Barnes & Noble



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