#bookreview Old Friends Reunited by Maddie Please

Synopsis:

Divorced and on a deadline, bestselling novelist Bea Pinkerton has a serious case of writer’s block. With her agent breathing down her neck, Bea will do ANYTHING to avoid writing another word.

So an invite to a reunion with her old school friends at a beautiful chateau in France, is Bea’s perfect chance to escape. Surely here, relaxing with old friends and drinking cold fizz, Bea will find inspiration?

But as soon as Bea arrives, she realises this is not going to be the peaceful getaway she anticipated. Her old school friends Gin and Audrie are in various states of marital distress and to top it off a camera crew has arrived to film the goings on at Chateau De St Cyr. Far from being calm, the trip is total chaos! 

Thank goodness for Bea’s new French neighbour Laurent Sinclair – handsome, charming and perhaps exactly the romantic muse she needs to get her mojo back.

But is Bea brave enough to take a second chance at love at her age? 

Perhaps with a little help from her friends…

My reading experience:

First I would like to thank Netgalley, the author and publisher for my free ARC.

This book dives right in. Here’s a bunch of older women getting together for various reasons doing the very thing we always do with old friends – talk about our youth as if to relive it. These are the people we feel young again with after all. So with that, the author leaves out a whole load of backstory that nobody needs which is praiseworthy, and skips to the chase. The first half of the book is a lot of noise and flapping about, and by the second half, I was laughing out loud I was so immersed in this story. I love the nanosecond assumptions that Bea makes about people and situations that are almost certainly always wrong. Bea is likely to be Bridget Jones’s mother in all honesty.

This is like a coming of age book for the older woman – that second round of learning who we really are.

A great summer weekend book, I highly recommend it.

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