5 out of 5 Stars
If you missed my review of Book One in the Love in the Dales series, check out “A Bicycle Made for Two”
‘A wonderful book with a great story and a sparky, unusual voice. I loved it!’ KATIE FFORDE
After years living in London, costume shop owner Becky Finn is trying to build a new life for herself and fiancé Cole in her old home of Egglethwaite, a sleepy village in the Yorkshire Dales.
Keen to raise funds for the struggling village hall she loved as a child, Becky soon finds herself at the head of a colourful group intent on resurrecting Egglethwaite’s Christmas pantomime. But, as she quickly discovers, there s more to panto than innuendo and slapped thighs.
As opening night grows closer, Becky starts to wonder if her embattled panto will ever make it to the stage and, with handsome co-star Marcus on the scene, if she’s picked the right man for her after all.
WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Ok. So I thought I loved the first one in this series, because… Hell, it was SO GOOD!! But, then I read this one and I wish there was a different rating scale. I was laughing out loud far too frequently. I’m pretty sure my man thought that maybe he should call in some professional help.
I was absolutely TITILLATED by the British wit and charm (did I just want to use the word “titillated”??? …possibly). I’m such a sucker for all of the slang! I love comparing expressions around the world, and I feel like the U.K in general has some of the BEST!!! Now, for some of my FAVOURITES!!!
“She’ll be well chuffed”
“Plummy, isn’t he?”
“Take the piss”
“Keep your Gob shut”
“Miserable old Giffer”
Come on, don’t these terms just tickle your funny bone??? I LOVE IT!
This book also had my view on certain things like it was written by me,
“Poor old Phil Donati, Egglethwaite’s slapstick king, seemed to have a stage direction instructing another actor to either kick him in the pants or whack him over the head every other line. Kids loved that stuff apparently, the little psychopaths.”
And, the best phrase,
“Well, no good crying over spilt adultery, eh?”
The best part, though, was how Becky makes references to geeky things like it’s the most natural thing in the world (a woman after my own heart): Manga, x-men, etc. So, I MAY have related to her a little bit more, which is what definitely put this one over the edge! And, Becky and Marcus are just the best together,
“‘My brother thinks that me and Marcus are using the panto as a cover for our torrid affair.’
‘Suits me,’ Marcus said. ‘Oh, but I can’t do Tuesdays.’
‘Sorry then, no go,’ I said. ‘If you’re going to be my bit on the side I expect 100% commitment, seven days a week. I’m a hot-blooded woman, you know.'”
This has probably been my favourite read of the summer! I can’t wait to read more of Mary Jayne’s work.
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Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them.
Mary Jayne also writes uplifting, feelgood romances under the pen name Lisa Swift.
The Perfect Fit is Best Served with a Cinderella Cocktail
- 2 oz Gin
- 1 oz Apricot Brandy
- 1 oz Red Port Wine
- 1 maraschino cherry
- Add all liquid to a shaker full of ice
- Stir and strain into martini glass
- Garnish with cherry