Friday 7 March 2014

Review: Finding Colin Firth by Mia March

After losing her job and leaving her beloved husband, journalist Gemma Hendricks is sure that scoring an interview with Colin Firth will save her career and marriage. Yet a heart-tugging local story about women, family ties, love, and loss captures her heart— and changes everything. The story concerns Bea Crane, a floundering twenty-two-year-old who learns in a deathbed confession letter that she was adopted at birth. Bea is in Boothbay Harbor to surreptitiously observe her biological mother, Veronica Russo—something of a legend in town—who Bea might not be ready to meet after all. Veronica, a thirty-eight-year-old diner waitress famous for her “healing” pies, has come home to Maine to face her past. But when she’s hired as an extra on the bustling movie set, she wonders if she is hiding from the truth . . . and perhaps the opportunity of a real-life Mr. Darcy. 

These three women will discover more than they ever imagined in this coastal Maine town, buzzing with hopes of Colin Firth. Even the conjecture of his arrival inspires daydreams, amplifies complicated lives, and gives incentive to find their own romantic endings.

Review: I loved The Meryl Streep Movie Club when I reviewed it last year and so I was desperate to read this one! In the end I downloaded this book on audiobook, having enjoyed the other audiobook by this author. This was such a lovely book, anyone reading even a little bit of it will be left with that warm and fuzzy feeling! Whether you are a fan of the author, or indeed of Colin firth, or not, this is definitely something you should be adding to your Wishlist. 

The wonderful thing that first struck me about this novel was that it was set in basically the same town as this authors previous novel was set in. Now I like returning to previous settings and revisiting other characters from previous novels, rather than just having a straight sequel and it was lovely to be able to do so with this novel. We got the catch up with June, Isabel and Cat from the last novel and well as taking on the fabulous new characters of Gemma, Bea and Veronica. This novel features the Three Captains Inn just as heavily as the last one did, but also takes into account The Best Little Diner in Booth Bay, which sounded like a delicious place to be. 

I loved the mix of characters in the book. They all had their flaws but all three of the women were genuinely likeable. I think I identified most with Gemma, unsurprising really when she is the same age as me and has similar aspirations to me. Veronica was feisty and independent and the romance she is involved in creeps up on her so surprisingly, she becomes completely endearing to the reader. Bea has had it tough and it seems she has found her peace in Booth Bay, something which I'm sure we would all find if we visited this charming coastal town! 

The storyline centres a lot around babies and adoption. When the right time to have a baby is, and it is all held together by the lynchpin that is Colin Firth. This is hilarious but totally had me wanting to watch all of the films they were talking about, not to mention the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice! Along with the Inn, the book also covers a home from teenage girls who are pregnant and I think that this was really interesting because its not something that usually comes up in this kind of book very often, that's one of the reasons this author really stands out for me, she's not afraid to go completely out there with her concepts and the topics that she covers. 

Overall this was a really nice read. There weren't many dramatic moments but it was definitely a page turner because you wanted to find out what happened to each of the characters and their problems. I was entirely pleased with the ending and I really recommend this book if you are looking for something light and fun, or if you are a fan of Colin Firth! 

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