REVIEW: From Notting Hill with Love . . . Actually by Ali McNamara

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The Back of the Book Says

A fabulously fun romantic comedy debut, referencing all those much-loved chick flick classics: Four Weddings; Sleepless in Seattle; When Harry Met Sally, to name just a few!

She was just a girl, standing in front of a boy . . . wishing he looked more like Hugh Grant.

Scarlett loves the movies. But does she love sensible fiancé? David just as much? With a big white wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now . . .

When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill – the setting of one of her favourite movies – Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life-like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbour Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too.

Scarlett soon finds herself starring in a romantic comedy of her very own: but who will end up as the leading man?

My Thoughts

If you love movies, if you love books, if you love romance. Well there are many other things if you love you will LOVE this book. At the beginning I have to say I was not completely enamoured by the style of writing however after getting to know the characters bit by bit I really did enjoy this book.

Scarlett our main character lives in Stratford-upon-Avon with her father whom which she is extremely close to as he bought her up as a single parent. Scarlett is a loving daughter and absolutely obsessed with movies (something that she must have clearly got from her mother!). David who is Scarlett’s more than boring fiancé is quite well off but seems to have a moth lined wallet and DIY pipe dreams. Whilst Scarlett is part owner of the family popcorn business, David’s family run a successful chain of cinemas. You would think that this would be a match made in heaven but as the story unfolds David seems less and less an attractive candidate for our dear Scarlett’s attentions.

On moving to Notting Hill to ‘house sit’ for a month Scarlett first bumps into Oscar who’s fashion sense seems to rival an 80’s pimp but his warm heart draws Scarlett in and they become fast friends. Time for the moody brooding hot type (straight of course!) or have they met before! Well yes of course but you will have to read the book to find out how!

In a place where everyone seems to know everyone else it is hardly a surprise that when one goes to a dinner party you will bump into someone who knows someone else! Is that confusing enough for you?! Sean is to be Scarlett’s neighbour for the house sitting term and she just cannot get rid of that hard thumping in her chest every time he catches her eye.

Time for a wild goose chase to search for Scarlett’s long-lost mother and the pair start to become quite close. Adamant that she loves her oh so boring and tight ass fiancé Scarlett is blind sighted by the beautiful man who is Sean. When you think of David think of Phoebe’s David in Friends – BORING!

So whilst running around like a headless chicken Scarlett manages to rack up a fair few chance happenings where the movies really do translate into real life. She even gets lucky with meeting some stars that would only be in the average persons’ wildest dreams or in Scarlett’s case day dreams!  From Johnny Depp to Hugh Grant this chick is racing across London in a wedding dress and jumping on empty London Eye capsules filled with champagne and roses. Magical right?!

This book is a wild ride of the cinema lover and even more for the full of girly girl. With dreams flying left right and centre this is definitely a fantasy land that I enjoyed entering (and leaving to come back to reality – with a bang!).

I am looking forward to the next installment. Up next is . . .

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Rating

rating4*, rating 4, 4 Star, Worthy Fix worthy fix, 4* rating

From Notting Hill with Love . . . Actually was sent to me by Sphere as an ARC a while back.
My review contains only my opinion and nothing written has been influenced due to the book being a gift.
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