Review! Take a Look at Me Now by Miranda Dickinson
How far would you go to make a new start?
When Nell’s on-off boyfriend Aidan calls her into his office, losing her job is the last thing she expects.
Heartbroken and unemployed to boot, she makes a radical decision to blow her redundancy cheque and escape to the untested waters of San Francisco.
But is the glamour of the city too good to be true? And can Nell leave her past behind?
Review: I seriously couldn’t wait for the latest novel from wonderful
writer Miranda Dickinson and this was well worth the wait. My absolute
favourite thing about this book, aside from the fabulous characters and amazing
storyline was the setting and so I’m going to gush about that particular
feature first! I knew that this novel was going to be set in San Francisco, but I didn’t know just how
wonderfully realistic and well described it was going to be! When Nell loses
her job and decides to go and visit her cousin in San Fran, I thought we might
have a few scenes of outdoor action, but that it would predominantly be her and
her cousin hauled up in the flat talking boys and jobs and life in general. Boy
was I wrong. San Francisco
is definitely the supporting star of this novel. I need to go there now! The
diners the streets, the parks, the Golden
all described amazingly, I defy anyone to read this novel and not want to take
a trip there immediately!
Nell is, of course, an equally wonderful character. In true
Miranda Dickinson style, she is always optimistic, evidenced by the fact that
she takes her redundancy money and plans a trip to San Francisco with it. When her cousin asks
her to help out with baking at her after school club, she is all for it. When
she meets a new man, she doesn’t question it, but decides to go for it head on!
I loved her. I wanted to be her friend and I am so pleased with the ending that
Lizzie, Vicky, Annie, Max and the children from the after
school club all play incredible supporting characters as well. Each of them is
fully developed and all play realistic roles in real life. Ex-boyfriend Aiden I
feel is not to be trusted; this author has cleverly made me hate a fictional
character, whilst loving another-that’s just how fab the writing is!
The love story that flows through this novel is definitely painful
to follow just because it is such a slow burn, there is a lot of will they
won’t they, and you may loose hope that things are going to work out the way
you want them to. It’s definitely worth sticking out the tantalising twists and
turns, however because the ending is one you’re definitely not going to want to
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it
impossible to put down and completely swept up in the story from the minute I
picked it up. I am so grateful that I received an advance copy because I think
the wait would’ve been even more agonising if it had been even a minute longer!
It had reality, it had romance it had friendship, it had San Francisco, it had diner food-it really
was the complete package. If you haven’t secured yourself a copy yet, I urge
you to do so now, definitely a great book to snuggle up with on a cold autumn
evening, and definitely something anyone would enjoy!