June 10, 2013

book review: meeting miss mollie

After creating a stellar and witty story with Transplanting Holly Oakwood, Di Jones repeats chick lit success in her sophomore novel Meeting Miss Mollie.

Here's the scoop on this book:
She’s the Agony Aunt who has it all. Except for one small problem – her life is a disaster.

Annabelle is a hard nosed writer with a good marriage, a nice flat, a thriving career at Adorn magazine and a busy social life. She has only one ambition – to be the best known Agony Aunt in the UK.

When her world is turned upside down by her husband’s infidelity she strikes out on her own and goes flatting with a jet setting businessman. But things in her new house aren’t quite what they seem and her problems mount.

Through her ups and downs, Annabelle forges a relationship with the strangest of friends and discovers the best things in life are those she always avoided.
Fast-paced and super cute, this was a quick and fun read that is great for an afternoon lounging by the pool or (in my case) to curl up with on a rainy day. As someone who found the chick lit genre with Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones and stuck with it because of Sophie Kinsella, it's great to find another author who does a good job of capturing the Brit Chick Lit sub category.

While Annabelle's life takes twists and turns I (fortunately) haven't had to deal with, she was a sympathetic character who I wanted to cheer for and know more about.

I loved Annabelle's job -- being an advice columnist for a publication. As someone who grew up reading "Dear Abby" and "Ann Landers" every Sunday, I enjoyed getting a peak into the life of the person who gives the advice. When her world falls apart, this adds another layer of development that is delightful.

In addition to Annabelle, this book also sheds light on the lives of other characters. In particular, I enjoyed the chapters devoted to Miss Mollie herself.

A great new voice in Chick Lit, I look forward to reading more of Di's work in the future. And, I'm looking forward to having her on the blog again, tomorrow.

Rating: 4 of 5

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About the Author
I was born in Liverpool, England to parents who had a strong sense of adventure and moved many times.  I’ve lived in Canada, the United States, England and New Zealand.  I’ve worked in a variety of jobs ranging from envelope stuffer to bakery assistant, librarian to trade development executive, but none of my jobs were as much fun as the one that allowed me to write and get paid for it.  That was a few years ago, and each year it’s become more and more apparent what I want to do is write full time, a dream that first occurred to me at seventeen.

I write chick lit – light hearted and humorous stories for and about women who value their families, their friendships, their careers, their independence, who have a sense of adventure, and who live and love with passion.

Like my characters, I love my family and friends, beautiful shoes, anything sparkly, the ‘occasional’ drink, parties, and a good belly laugh.  I’m addicted to shopping, chocolate, bubble bath and anything else that smells nice, and the sort of tv programmes you’d never publicly admit to watching.

I live in a lovingly renovated home overlooking Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour, with my trusted friends Bronson Boxer and Dolce Dane.  They keep me fit and exercised, scare the burglars away, sit loyally by my side throughout my late night writing sessions, and hang on my every word when I read final drafts aloud.  They truly are my biggest fans, and I theirs!

I love my life, but not so much that there’s not room to live a load of other lives, through the hearts and minds of my characters, all of whom I adore, and some of whom I’m fortunate enough to call friend.

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