Wednesday 22 April 2015

Review: The Doris Day Vintage Film Club by Fiona Harper

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Claire Bixby grew up watching Doris Day films at her grandmother’s house and yearned to live in a world like the one on the screen – sunny, colourful and where happy endings with chiselled leading men were guaranteed. But recently Claire’s opportunities for a little ‘pillow talk’ have been thin on the ground.

Until she meets mysterious Dominic. Nic is full of secrets but their connection is instant. Could he help Claire finding the Hollywood ending she’s been searching for? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…

Review: aww I loved every moment of this book-what a sweet funny, cosy read! This book is not taxing in any way, it can be picked up and put down again at will but short chapters and an easy reading style will allow you to just carry on reading on and on once you have started! 

I really liked Claire as a character. She is a romantic but she is still a strong female and happy enough to be on her own and make her life good all by herself. She has a fabulous groups of friends all of whom are strong women too and they are all fun to read about. Nic is our love interest in this book and I found him to be a really interesting character, there are definitely more dimensions to him than meets the eye and I was totally rooting for him all the way through this book, it was a very much a will they won't they sort of situation and I think I'd have been happy whichever way Italy or May not have turned out! 

There is a lovely sub-plot to this book than involves a younger Doris Day fan or not as the case may be and her sort of transformation to becoming a little more girly and a lot less football chic. I think there could have been more done with this story and I would love to find out more about what happens with her in the future. This story delivered a good message of not having to look or act girly to be womanly though and I really liked that. There were a couple of other sub-plots going on as well, including one with Claire's father that I'm not sure added an awful lot to the storyline, I found myself flicking through those a little bit to try and get back to the love story at the heart of this novel, that's the thing that stopped this from being a five star read for me. 

Of course this book is all about Doris Day films and I now have to go away and watch as much about Doris Day as I can where's the E true Hollywood Story when you need it? I loved that Dorsi tied this whole book together and I love that it made me want to find out more about her as well as teaching me a lot about her. It must have been really good fun to research! 

I really enjoyed this book I would definitely recommend this as a novel whether you know anything about Doris Day or not. It's definitely a love story but was a very quick read for me and something which I found hard to put down. It's got girl power and a steamy will they won't they love story-what more could you ask for?

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Bonus time! The lovely publishers are going to be running a (rather exciting!) Pinterest competition as part of the campaign for The Doris Day Vintage Film Club, giving one reader the chance to win a Vintage makeover with stylists Lipstick & Curls for themselves and a friend. Here's the link as well as the Lipstick and Curl website-good luck!

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