Arielle is back! OK, she’s not on her way to becoming the next Coco Chanel, her childhood dream, but she is one way step closer to running her very own shop with her business partner, Felicity.
She’s also planning her perfect romantic wedding to fiancé, Piers, and Arielle is starting to believe that she’s finally found her place in the world... Of course life is never that straightforward.
With a new-found foe interfering with her shop decisions, not to mention haughty wedding planners and loved ones facing personal struggles, will Arielle figure out what's important before all is lost?
Review: this book was a bit of a slow starter for me, it took me a little while to get my head back into the characters and the storyline but once I got going, I thoroughly enjoyed being back with these characters and thought the storyline was jolly good fun! I really loved the things that went on over the course of this story, the wedding planning, the shop planning and Arielle's new and old friendships as well, I found myself swept along with what was going on in her life and compelled to keep on reading! This was also a book where as soon as I had finished it, I had to go back to the start and read the first couple of chapters again, just to tie it all back together-a definite sign of a good book-the last book I did that with was a Jenny Colgan novel!
I think I said in my review of Kept, the first book in this trilogy, that I didn't always like Arielle as a character because I found her frustrating in parts, but overall she is really endearing and I was pleased to see her grow and change even more over the course of this novel! I really like her relationship with Piers, even if I am a little jealous of it and I liked the new friendships and new enemies that she made in this novel. Essentially, she is someone who has quite a bit to learn about the world but her naivety also means that she really would do anything for anyone, a good friend to have around.
There are some fab scene to do with fashion and twitter in this book that were really enjoyable but I don't think were to girly to put of readers who may not like their storylines pink and frilly. There were also some fab wedding planning moments that I'm sure anyone who has planned a wedding before will recognise. Some parts of the story were very descriptive, especially bits to do with food whereas other parts moved a little quicker so this novel varied in pace over the entire storyline. I have to admit, I would have liked to have delved a little deeper into one or two scenes but it definitely didn't affect my enjoyment of the story too much!
There were some real laugh out loud moments in the book as well as some hold-your-breath moments where I feared for the worst. Although this book dose t have the neatest of endings. I really like te way that it ended and it definitely leaves itself open to the next book in the series which, thank goodness, is out later this year-I honestly can't wait to read to the conclusion to Arielle's adventures and to find out what happens with Piers, felicity, Ob and the gang! If you enjoyed reading Kept, you will enjoy this one even more, and if you're looking for a novel with laughs as well as something deeper, then you'll find it here, although in would definitely recommend reading these books in order, as close together as possible!