Saturday, 11 August 2018

5* review - A Match Made in Devon by Cathy Bramley

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Nina has always dreamed of being a star. Unfortunately her agent thinks she’s more girl-next-door than leading lady and her acting career isn't going quite as planned. Then, after a series of very public blunders and to escape a gathering storm of paparazzi, Nina is forced to flee from London.
Her plan is to lay low with a friend in Devon, in beautiful Brightside Cove. But soon Nina learns that more drama can be found in a small village than on a hectic television set.
And when a gorgeous man (and his adorable dog) catch her eye, it’s not long before London and showbiz start to lose their appeal. Will Nina choose to return to the bright lights or has she met her match in Brightside Cove?

Oh, Nina...she makes a blunder worthy of something I would do. In fact Nina reminded me very, VERY much of myself. She breaks the cardinal law of acting and celeb-dom in general, and feels the need to make a quick getaway from London. Thankfully her brother Archie is on his way to rescue a friend in need in Devon, and she goes with him. Even though she has a slightly cringeworthy history with this friend, Theo, when she tried to snog him and stop his wedding. Things are quite tense initially, understandably. 

She finds that Theo's life has taken a sad turn, and as she gets to know him better she realises they're even sadder than she first thought. His wife has left him, and he needs to win her back. But the only way is to get his cottage rental business off the ground and prove he can do something and get off his backside.

Nina realises there's nothing to go back to London for so chooses to stay and help Theo. Then even when she does have something to go back for things happen around her in Devon that she doesn't want to leave. 

I admit to being unusually late to reading A Match Made in Devon, I'm normally sitting waiting for Cathy's books to land on my Kindle, but life took a turn here and I was finding reading difficult - in fact it was impossible for me to even get into this book. I knew something wasn't right so I left it until I began to feel better in myself and it worked. I started to read this a few days ago and couldn't put it down!

I always say it, but this might be my favourite yet!

I loved all the characters, especially Eliza (the real life mermaid!) and loveable, grumpy Jethro. In fact I think he might be the old, male version of me? 

I love how Cathy ties things up, and the ending was beautiful as always. I was really thankful I waited to read this as I enjoyed it so much!

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