I am a fan of any book that starts with a line like this…
"My blouse was half way over my head and my arms were tangled upwards in a dying swan when I heard someone who was definitely not my boss say my name.”
Angela Clarke is back in the fifth instalment of the ‘I Heart’ series by Lindsey Kelk and within two pages I was in hysterical fits of laughter. For anyone who isn’t familiar with Lindsey’s fabulous series, it began back in ‘I Heart New York’ when Angela escaped from her best friend’s wedding after discovering her fiancé cheating in the back of the wedding car. She broke the Groom’s hand with a stiletto and flew out to New York with a broken heart and absolutely nothing else. Since then, she’s become a blogger for a fashion magazine, fallen in love with a skinny rock star from Brooklyn, got into trouble in ‘I Heart Hollywood’, ‘I Heart Paris’ and ‘I Heart Vegas’ and has managed to avoid going home to London throughout all of it…but now Angela is engaged and her mother is on the war path.
Railroaded into going home for her Mother’s birthday Angela finds herself faced with the prospect of all of the things that she ran away from in the first place, but with two new additions in the form of wild best friend Jenny Lopez who is drinking herself into oblivion and refusing to let Angela borrow her shoes after her break up with her ex-ex. Angela accepts that going home to face the music is probably better then drowning herself in the bath (even if it is Jo Malone bath soak) and calming herself with thoughts of seeing her best friend from home she hops on the plane…
Lindsey Kelk never fails to make me laugh hysterically (possibly even with some snorting at times) with her writing. Her characters are loveable and flawed like the rest of us and each of them has a quality that I recognise in either myself or my friends. Her descriptions of New York are perfection and each time I read about it I feel transported back to a place I know really well. Angela is easy to relate to and sympathise with as a reader and if you have followed her journey from the beginning, this book won’t be a disappointment.
‘I Heart London’ was a book I had been looking forward to immensely and I wasn’t disappointed - how can anyone be disappointed with a book that makes you laugh out loud…embarrassingly loud sometimes…every ten lines? I cannot recommend this series highly enough, they’re a ray of sunshine to lift us out of this dismal summer weather!