It's a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good job, four bossy sisters and a needy cat must also have want of her one true love. Or is it?
Verity Love – Jane Austen fangirl, manager of London’s first romance-only bookshop Happy Ever, and an introvert in a world of extroverts – is perfectly happy on her own (thank you very much), and quite happy hiding in the office and lying to her friends about her fictional boyfriend Peter, whose presence is very useful for getting her out of social events. But when a case of mistaken identity forces her to introduce a perfect stranger as her boyfriend, Verity’s life suddenly becomes much more complicated. Because ‘Peter’ is actually Johnny, and he too could use a fictional girlfriend. So against her better judgement and because she can't stand sitting on the sad singles table, Verity and Johnny decide to partner up for a summer season of weddings, big number birthdays and garden parties, culminating in her sister’s Big Fat Wedding. And by the end of the summer, there’s a bad case of heartache that even Verity’s beloved Pride And Prejudice might not be able to cure…
I am a sucker for a book set in a bookshop and I loved Annie Darling's previous offering last year completely so I was very excited to get a copy of this to read in the post. It lived up fully to my expectations. I loved getting to know Verity a bit more who we first met in the previous book as a secondary character.
For me this book was all about the developing friendship between Verity and Johnny and seeing it grow and blossom over the course of a series of parties, weddings and bbqs after initially being perfect strangers who happened to meet by complete accident. I loved seeing how they start to open up to each other and support one another.
If you love a romantic love story you'll thoroughly enjoy this story.