2014

You’re the one that I want – Giovanna Fletcher

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Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin (22 May 2014)

Book Description:

Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben – best man and the best friend any two people ever had.

 And that’s the problem.

 Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

 Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it…

My Review:

I pre-ordered this book a while before it was released having enjoyed Giovanna Fletcher’s first book “Billie & Me”. I follow Gi on twitter and i love how she interacts with her readers and you really see her conceive, grow and “give birth to” her books (at the same time as growing a human inside her!)

I thought the book would be a light holiday read but actually it was very thought provoking and to echo the thoughts of a review on Amazon, you feel like you are part of their gang. Gi writes the characters when they are younger very well and it brought back warm childhood memories for me reading it. It took me a while to realise that bits of Robert’s wedding speech were in between certain chapters but once i did, they were an enjoyable addition.

I won’t spoil any of it for anyone but it did keep me on the edge of my seat – there were so many possible twists but in the end i am glad that Gi “chose her love story and stuck to it”. I had seen some retweets on twitter of her followers saying they were either team Rob or Team Ben and i have to say i flitted between the two, even being team Maddy at one point. In the end, i decided i was team tripod! 🙂

I loved the few racy bits – not too 50 shades and not omitted either. perfect. I also liked the added bits about the onesies and I think Gi reflected a bit of her and Tom’s friendship/relationship in her writing. Like most people, I cried – but not at the end like I expected!

I can’t wait for the next book. Fully recommended

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