Synopsis from Amazon
“Jessica Borlase always gets what she wants. From cocktails in the exact shade of her manicure, holiday on Capri with friends, to a spacious apartment, her father’s money makes it possible. She enjoys the luxurious lifestyle and is grateful for his support, but frustrated to always be treated as Daddy’s pampered little girl. She tries to break free, by leaving Borlase Enterprises and studying photography.
Now what Jess wants is the utterly gorgeous Eliot Beatty; a world famous photographer who often uses his talents to benefit conservation projects. Her father attempts to bribe Eliot into taking Jess on an assignment in order to teach her the skills she’ll need to develop a career. Although annoyed at the interference, she’s delighted to discover this means two weeks with Eliot in the beautiful countryside of South Wales and close confines of a campervan. Trouble is, the man can’t be bought.
Jess eventually manages to persuade Eliot to take her. She believes she can earn his respect and that she’s ready for the hard work, long hours and living conditions far short of those she’s used to. She’s wrong on all counts. Can Jess learn to cope with the realities of the trip, and is Eliot really worth the effort?”
I thought this book would be the perfect read at the moment, something sweet set in beautiful countryside. Although I don’t have much in common with Jess I did like her and enjoyed her story. She wants to do something with her life, specifically she wants to be a photographer. And she’s prepared to put in the hard work and not take handouts from her rich father and his contacts. Although he tries to help her, she really wants to do it on her own. She thinks people are jealous and they don’t understand why she isn’t happy with her life. But she wants to be independent and she tries in this story. I do feel like we learn some wise advice in this story: too not be too hasty to judge people based on your own opinions, Jess does and she realises that she is in the wrong.
The story is riveting. And just like the other book I read by Patsy Collins you feel like you’re learning something, in this novel it’s photography and the environment. I’ve learnt a bit more about the importance of the environment e.g. I would never have thought to pick up someone else’s litter.
I really enjoyed this story my own qualm is that I wished there was more. I finished it too quickly, I turned the page and was surprised that it was the end. It’s a lovely story well worth a read and a perfect feel-good, summer, escapism story. I would happily read another story with these characters, Patsy has a way of making you care about them and making you want to read more. 🙂
You can get this book on Kindle (including part of Kindle unlimited) or buy the paperback from Amazon here. I’ve also reviewed these two books by Patsy on my blog, also good reads, a novel:Paint Me A Picture and a short story collection.
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For recommendations check out twitter. Take a look at my previous posts for a review of a good horror (if you’re in the mood) Haverscroft by S.A.Harris and also Ghost Bird by Carol Lovekin.
I’ve just bought Wild Spinning Sisters by Carol Lovekin and two collections by another indie author Helen Laycock, always a pleasure to read her fun books.